How to Flip IKEA Furniture for Profit

November 10, 2022

Love interior design but don't want to break the bank? Why not try your hand at flipping IKEA furniture! IKEA furniture is a regular staple on second hand sites, affordable, stylish, and easy to find, making it the perfect candidate for flipping. Plus, with a little bit of elbow grease (and maybe a few coats of paint), you can easily transform a piece of IKEA furniture into something truly unique. 

In this post, we'll show you how to get started with flipping IKEA furniture. So, whether you're looking to make some extra cash on the side or simply want to flex your creative muscles, read on for everything you need to know about getting started! Remember, people love the idea of IKEA hacks but most don’t have the time or the motivation so will pay for someone else to do the work.

When it comes to flipping IKEA, not all pieces are created equal. Some pieces are more popular than others. If you're looking to make a quick buck, here are our top 5 picks of the best pieces of IKEA furniture to flip:

1. Coffee Tables

Coffee tables are always in high demand, which makes them one of the best pieces of IKEA furniture to flip. If you're looking for a quick sale, stick to popular styles like the Lack coffee table or the Hemnes coffee table. These styles are classic and timeless, and therefore tend to sell for a higher price. Check out some Hemnes coffee table hacks here.

Ikea Coffee Table

2. Dining Tables

Dining tables are another great option for flipping IKEA furniture. Just like coffee tables, they are always in high demand and tend to sell for a higher price. Popular styles include the Bjursta dining table and the Norden dining table. Take a look at Amber Oliver’s IKEA table upcycle with no sanding required! Now that’s my type of DIY.

Ikea Dining Table Hack

3. Dressers

Any storage option always does well for re-sale. Ikea has a ton of different dresser styles and they tend to sell quickly. Plus, if you put in a little bit of effort (i.e., painting the dresser, adding detail), you can really increase its value. Popular dresser styles include the Malm dresser and the Tarva dresser. Interior design bloggers James & Catrin have a roundup of Malm hacks here that are worth a look for some inspiration.

 

4. Chairs

Chair flipping sounds like a party trick but they tend to be fairly easy to find and usually don't require much work (unless you're reupholstering them). Plus, there is always a market for chairs since everyone needs them! Popular chair styles include the Poang chair and the Tobias chair. Maybe you don’t even need to flip the chairs… custom sized covers in funky prints could be a great side hustle! Check out some ideas here.

 Ikea Hack Poang Chair

5. Shelves & Storage Units

Shelves and cabinets are so versatile - they can be used as bookshelves, for display or add doors and hide away a whole manner of mess! Popular storage includes the Billy bookcase and the Ekby shelf as well as the Besta cabinet. Billy bookcase hacks have been breaking the internet for a while now and while many of them are built ins there is still scope for stand alone upcycling. The Kallax is also another IKEA hack favourite, and the sky is the limit on what it can become.

Now that you know how to choose pieces that will sell, it's time to start shopping! Setup an alert on your favorite second hand site or Facebook Marketplace so you can be first in line when someone posts an IKEA item in need of a glow up.  Once you've found a few pieces that you think will be popular among buyers, it's time to start thinking about how you're going to give them that all-important "wow" factor.

Happy hacking!