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5. How to choose furniture that lives longer

By 2030, the potential to repurpose, repair, reuse, resell or recycle will be built-in to every IKEA product.

Of course, even today, there’s usually an easy and satisfying way to prolong the life of your furniture – rather than send it to the scrapheap. It's easy to clean, renew, paint, fix or expand your furniture.

Modular or extendable furniture can be the affordable way to make sure that you can easily adapt your home furnishings to a new living situation.

Any furniture that’s both durable and multifunctional will more than pay you back over time.

For example, with a bed that has built-in storage you can enjoy many years of restful sleep – and a less cluttered bedroom at the same time.

Furniture that adapts to the future

As your family grows, your lifestyle changes or your tastes mature, you might be grateful for your modular furniture.

Rather than make a big upfront purchase that you later need to replace, you can add simply the modules that you need, as and when you need them.

Products that can adapt as needs change are perhaps even more useful when you live with children, who can quickly outgrow their furniture. The MINNEN extendable bed helps you to neatly avoid the cost and hassle of buying a new bed with every growth spurt.

New furniture – or refreshed furniture?

Eventually, your well-used furniture can start to show signs of everyday wear and tear. Often, you can give it a whole new lease of life with very little cost or effort.

If your sofa has washable and replaceable covers, for example, you can easily get a just-new feeling whenever you fancy. You can always keep the sofa clean and fresh – or totally reinvent the look with a change of colours and patterns.

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