It’s no secret that IKEA is feeling the crunch from the global supply shortage and it’s gonna last for a while. So you may notice that your local IKEA is out of stock on some pieces of furniture or even home décor items. This begs the questions when does IKEA restock their inventory and can you shop on specific days of the week to get “first dibs” on items before they’re out of stock yet again. I went out and tried to find some answers…hope this information helps all of you IKEA shoppers out there.
When Exactly Does IKEA Restock?
The short answer is it depends.
The long answer is a little more complicated and depends on the size and popularity of the item.
Let’s break it all down and make some sense of IKEA’s supply issues.
How Often Does IKEA Restock Large Items?
Every 5 – 7 days.
When it comes to large furniture items like desks, bookshelves, couches, beds, etc., IKEA restocks these items about once a week.
But the problem recently is that they can’t replenish stock if they don’t physically have it.
And due to supply holdups and lack of truck drivers some popular IKEA items take weeks to restock.
This is especially true for home office desks, chairs, and furniture as the demand has soared in the past year as more people are working from home.
Also, while many aren’t currently working form home, they are setting up a home office just in case they need to in the future.
What About Small Stuff Like Lamps and Décor?
Every 1 – 2 days.
Smaller items like lamps, storage products, kitchen stuff, and home décor are restocked every day or two, or when bins are empty.
But obviously restocking can only happen if IKEA has stock available, which is often a problem on more popular items.
The same can be said for “smart home” electronics sold at IKEA.
New stock of electronics arrives at the IKEA warehouse every couple days and is stocked as inventory levels grow low.
It’s been my experience that electronics at IKEA are not seeing the same shortages as the more popular bookshelves, desks, and furniture.
How Often Do They Stock The As-Is Section?
Most IKEA stores stock the As-Is section as items are returned to the warehouse.
According to DealsPlus, always shop the As-Is section on Mondays as you’ll get first dibs on weekend returns which is when most people return items.
If you’re not familiar, the As-Is section is stuffed with clearance deals on things that people have returned.
Some items may be damaged, half-built, or have a scratch, but they are ALWAYS a great deal and a great way to save money.
Can I Check If Something at IKEA in In-Stock?
IKEA has a cool little feature on their website called Product Stock Availability that lets you look on the product page to see if your local IKEA stocks a particular product.
You’ll quickly learn if the item is either available, out-of-stock, or low in-stock.
If the IKEA product is out of stock, you can create a SMS text alert or email alert and get notified immediately when it’s back in stock which is really handy.
See the screenshot above to see what this feature looks like.
3 Things To Do If Item is Out of Stock at IKEA:
1. Check Online – Often times the IKEA website will stock smaller items more frequently then your local warehouse. You stand a good chance of buying it online and having it sent directly to your house.
2. Check a Different IKEA – If you live in a large metroplex, often times a nearby IKEA will have vastly different stock. They just might have the item in-stock that you’re looking for.
3. Get a Text Message or Email When Item is Back In-Stock – Easily sign up for this feature on the particular IKEA product page of the item that’s out-of-stock.
Ask the Reader: Have you noticed a lot stuff being out of stock at IKEA? What’s your best tactic to finding the IKEA products you’re looking to buy?
By Kyle James
Photo credit to: Karl Baron