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IKEA launches 'Disassembly Instructions' to help shoppers take flatpack items apart

Lisa Walden
·2-min read
Photo credit: SJOERD VAN DER WAL - Getty Images
Photo credit: SJOERD VAN DER WAL - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

IKEA has launched easy-to-read 'Disassembly Instructions' to help shoppers take their favourite flatpack furniture apart with ease.

Designed to assist households extend the life of their IKEA furniture one allen key at a time, the guides are available for best-selling products including the BILLY Bookcase, BRIMNES Bed, LYCKSELE Sofa bed, MALM Desk, PAX Wardrobe, and POÄNG Chair.

Whether your bed needs a new home or you want to upcycle your tired-looking bookcase, the instructions offer clear and safe steps on how to take items apart — and prolong their life that little bit longer.

As part of the Swedish retailer's sustainability push, IKEA hopes these reverse manuals will inspire people to 'rethink their consumption habits' by extending the life cycle of products and 'reversing climate change at this critical time'.

Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA UK & Ireland, says: 'Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at IKEA and we remain committed to introducing new ways to promote circular consumption, in order to help meet our goal of becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030, in addition to making sustainable living accessible and affordable to all.

Photo credit: IKEA
Photo credit: IKEA

'In the past three years we have put a great deal of effort into understanding and defining what a truly circular value chain means for IKEA, and as such, we want to take circular consumption mainstream and make it easier than ever for customers to acquire, care for and pass on products such as by repairing, reusing, reselling, and recycling them.'

Available to view and download easily online, take a look at the guides for some of IKEA's top-selling products:

1. BILLY Bookcase

2. BRIMNES Bed

3. LYCKSELE Sofa bed

4. MALM Desk

5. PAX Wardrobe

6. POÄNG Chair

This is just another example of what IKEA is doing to ramp up its sustainability commitment across the business. Earlier this month, the retailer announced tentative plans to sell spare furniture parts in a push to become a more sustainable and climate positive business by 2030. Meanwhile, last year, the retailer announced its clever Buy Back initiative, which sees them buy back unwanted IKEA furniture from customers and resell it as second-hand in store.

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