When considering used furniture it is important to determine value, otherwise how will you recognize a bargain? What is the item made of, particle board, solid wood? Inspect for loose edges, bubbles, stains, stripped and missing connectors. Particle board self-assembled furniture is constructed from glue and sawdust with a man-made veneer that’s virtually impossible to repair. Solid wood that’s been painted and no longer attractive can be made beautiful again with some elbow grease, hardware supplies and a few basic tools.
Moving IKEA furniture is a chore that may require careful disassembly and reassembly. Be wary. Inspect carefully. Damage is virtually impossible to correct and renders the piece worthless. Time is money. If it’ll take a lot of time and money to move a wardrobe, an armoire, dresser or bed frame, calculate that as part of your cost. Practical considerations aside, people like IKEA furniture. It’s fairly serviceable, affordable and looks good. At the very least, if you buy used assembly furniture, get all the hardware, get the instructions, get any tools that came with the kit for assembly.
How much is a similar piece of furniture new? How much wear does the piece have? Is it damaged in any way? A wobbly used IKEA dresser has little potential for satisfaction. Like a worn-out hollow door, there’s not much you can do with it once it gets old, and assemble yourself particle board furniture is susceptible to loosening up, may have undetectable stripped bolts, chips and bubbles that show the other face of modern style, the throw away side. What’s the point? Pay less for used! Know how much it costs new.
How big is the item? Smaller is better. It’s easier to move, easier to maintain, fits into more places and makes a better investment.
Ultimately, the value of used furniture is determined by what you’re willing to pay for it. Know what it’s worth new, inspect carefully and assign a value based on what it’ll cost you to get it home, how long you plan to keep it and what you’ll be able to sell it for. With any luck you can sell the used furniture at a price close to what you pay for it when it’s time to move, if you buy it right.