We're letting you in on a little secret to bag a bargain for your IKEA favourites – and hear us out, it's not through the typical trawl of scouring through Facebook Marketplace or eBay. Shocking, right? In fact, it's sitting right at the heart of the flat-pack hero themselves: their circular hub.
IKEA hacks don't just end with upcycling and DIYing the cult classics, but they also include scoring a bargain or two, both in their summer sale and beyond it – and considering that IKEA is already synonymous with affordable, who are we to say no to yet another budget decorating idea?
IKEA Circular Hub
Okay, so while it might not be a secret per se – considering it's signposted in-store – nine times out of ten, we guarantee you've completely missed it during your IKEA trip. We sure have, we'll tell you that much.
We first mentioned the IKEA Circular Hub in IKEA's Buyback & Resell offer that ran earlier this year, which encouraged customers to trade in and recycle their old IKEA pieces. Although that specific Buyback offer might not be active anymore, the circular hub is still very much available to use, whether it be to trade in your own pieces, or to find your own discounted gems.
The circular hub, both online and in-store, is where IKEA keep a special selection of products that just failed to make the cut of being 'perfect' – whether it's because of the smallest imperfection, having previously been a floor product, or is a customer return.
Although they may not be brand-spanking-new, IKEA still deems these products 'perfectly good' and undeserving to be thrown away, so they offer these pieces at discounted prices in hopes to give them a second lease on life.
In fact, IKEA is so confident in these items that they even offer the same guarantees on them as their new counterparts – with the exception of appliances, which will only have a one-year guarantee.
The selection of items in the circular hub varies from store to store, but you can check online to see what's in stock at your local store before popping in. To give you even more peace of mind, you can even reserve your selected items online for up to 48 hours before picking them up at your selected store.
Here are just a couple of our picks from IKEA's Hammersmith branch to give you an idea of what you have a chance of snagging.
Of course, just like any pre-loved service, it's sometimes a hit or miss and stock will always vary. However, it's a service definitely worth checking out before choosing to buy new straight away – who knows, you might surprise yourself with a sweet deal.
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Jullia Joson is Ideal Home’s Junior Writer. She’s always loved all things homes and interiors, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Nottingham in 2022. Previously, she was an Intern Editor for ArchDaily. Now focused on news stories, Jullia can be found down the TikTok and Pinterest rabbit hole scrolling through any new and upcoming trends, hacks, and home inspiration.
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