During lockdown, having spent the majority of time inside our homes, the itch to throw out the old and bring in some new homeware and furniture was never stronger. But, rather than contribute to the rising ‘fast homeware’ problem, you might want to consider a ‘make do and mend’ approach instead.
And helping customers to breathe new life into old or broken furniture is IKEA, with their initiative of selling replacement furniture parts, which launched last year. So rather than throwing out that broken Billy bookcase, you can mend it and get many more years of use out of it instead, saving yourself money and saving more furniture from going into landfill.
The home of flatpack furniture will be offering small assembly pieces such as dowels, nails, screws and bolts that suit a variety of IKEA’s bestselling ranges (including Billy, Hemnes, Poäng and Malm), with plans to offer larger replacements pieces such as armrests, cushions and wooden planks in the future.
You can find most of the IKEA replacement furniture parts you might need through IKEA customer service online. ‘Order them for free and they will be delivered to your address within a few days,’ says the IKEA website. Yep, that’s right, it won’t even cost you a penny to DIY your bookshelves, tables, chairs and more back to life.
IKEA has also stated that ‘by 2030, the potential to repurpose, repair, reuse, resell or recycle will be built-in to every IKEA product’.
Not the first sustainability initiative from the brand, in 2020 IKEA launched their first buy back scheme, where customers can sell their old IKEA furniture directly back to the store, in an effort to reduce waste and enhance the sustainability of the IKEA shopping process. These are then resold in store as second-hand or recycled.
There’s life in that old Malm chest of drawers yet…