You won’t believe how valuable this vintage Ikea furniture is

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It’s IKEA – but is it art?

It might not feel like an investment opportunity while you’re on the walk of doom through the aisles of IKEA. But among the MDF furniture and mundane basket-fillers, you might just find a future classic. When an IKEA piece hits that sweet spot of unique design and poor sales (leading to it swiftly being discontinued), its potential value soars.

In fact, the vintage IKEA market is booming. Mid-century Scandi design has both retro appeal and timeless functionality. Its influence runs through the more eclectic visual styles of later decades. And IKEA’s Buy Back initiative of reselling your unwanted furniture has drawn attention to the desirability and sustainability of more recent items.

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HouseholdQuotes has discovered the most expensive IKEA resells from leading auction websites. We’ve produced the image here using some of the priciest vintage items for each furniture type.

Take that blue-grey beech SINGOALLA daybed by the window, for example. It sold for a record $3926 (£3110) at Bukowskis. It cost just 360 kr (Swedish kronor) in 1962 – around $40 – and it was recommended to adorn it with a mohair plush. In case you don’t have $4k for a sofa, Made.com does a retro one without the ‘vintage’ prices and without the mohair.

Here you can see what the most expensive IKEA items could set you back if you were wanting to decorate your living room I retro-Scandi-chic. You might not get quite as much BANG for your buck as you’re used to. But we must admit that it looks good.

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10. Esbjerg

  • Price: $2,608
  • Decade: 1960s

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9. Amiral

  • Price: $2,667
  • Decade: 1970s

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8. Ladoga Sideboad

  • Price: $2,953
  • Decade: 1960s

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7. Åke

  • Price: $3,378
  • Decade: 1950s

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6. Borkum

  • Price: $3,850
  • Decade: 1960s

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5. Bergslagen

  • Price: $3,899
  • Decade: 1990s

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4. Singoalla

  • Price: $3,926
  • Decade: 1960s

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3. Selebo

  • Price: $4,077
  • Decade: 1990s

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2. Tema

  • Price: $6,000
  • Decade: 1950s

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1. Cavelli

  • Price: $14,510
  • Decade: 1958

You can view more pricy vintage IKEA finds here.

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