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RENOWNED for its flat-packed furniture and bargain home decor, IKEA goodies fill homes across the country.

The Swedish furnishing giant is a huge hit with shoppers who love nothing more than getting lost in the store’s maze and fuelling up on their signature meatballs.

A former IKEA worker has lifted the lid on store secrets


A former IKEA worker has lifted the lid on store secretsCredit: Alamy

A former IKEA employee has now revealed some store secrets that could be a game changer for customers.

The staff member worked in the Braehead store – just outside Glasgow – for four years and said shoppers in a hurry can push to get their orders delivered quicker.

“She said: “For deliveries, if you really want a next day delivery and you’re too ‘late’ be persistent and they will take it.

And if you’re needing to make space for your new furniture, you can trade in your old IKEA pieces to get money back.

The ex-worker added: “The buy back scheme is a good one that not many people knew about when I worked there. 

“And I would say make sure you scan a family card whenever you buy something big as it really does cover you for damages and free part replacement.”

IKEA fans can hand in their old dressers, sideboards and shelfing units for cash.

Tables, desks, cabinets, chest of drawers and chairs are also eligible for the scheme.

IKEA products that qualify for the scheme must be in good condition, fully functional, properly assembled, and clean and unmodified.

And it could earn you 50 per cent of the item’s original price.

There’s no limit on the number of times you can use the scheme and you don’t need to know the item’s original purchase price or have the receipt as Ikea will be able to tell you this. 

Elsewhere, an interior designer has revealed the decor in IKEA that’s worth buying – and what you definitely shouldn’t waste your money on.

Annie Elliot said anything “too decoratory” is an immediate no-no.

So that geometric piece of decor that you think looks chic and modern? Leave that in the shop.

Decorative word art is also a no for Annie – let’s face it, you probably don’t need a sign that says ‘home’ anyway.

Coloured and glass vases are almost always a yes, since it’ll be easy to find somewhere in your space for them.

And if you’re on the hunt for a Christmas wreathes Ikea’s got some great ones.

Annie said: “I’m a fan of natural wreathes, inside or outside I like them.”

That said, don’t bother with any that look too fake, like the ones that are dyed different colours or made from the same material as your Christmas tree.

I worked in IKEA – here’s huge store secret shoppers must know, it’s a game changer

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