Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Smart Guide to Shopping at IKEA

Recently the new IKEA catalog came out.  I always enjoy looking through the catalog to see what is new, but I'm always disappointed when I go to the store and see the aisles of particle board, plastic and future broken items.  I have developed some "rules" for myself when actually making a purchase and I thought I'd share them with a small series.

First up is furniture.  There are a lot of things to avoid at IKEA, if you look carefully at a lot of their furniture you will see it is made of paper.  I'm not a fan of particleboard of any sort, with it's formaldehyde content and smell, but it is certainly more sturdy than paper. So, if you are looking for something to keep for a while, real wood {at IKEA this generally means pine} or wicker is the way to go.  I actually own the little rocker below and, except for the fact that it has been used as the world's most expensive scratching post, it has held up well.

Natural wood & wicker: STORSELE chair / HEMNES Side Table / GULLHOLMEN Rocking Chair /
STORNÄS Buffet / STOCKHOLM Chair in green

What do you think?  Do you have particleboard furniture from IKEA that you stand by?  I admit to having an ALEX drawer on casters and, it's cute on the outside, but crumbled on the drawer corners as I assembled it.


  1. Ikea is so far away I don't get to go very often. So all I do is drool at the catalog.

  2. I completely agree with you. I have some particle board chair seats, and when I go to reupholster them, I always cut new ones out of wood.

  3. We have an Ikea in Brooklyn and it's kind of fun to go because it's by a free water taxi. That said, I haven't bought anything there in awhile. The computer desk that my husband and I share is from Ikea. We've had it for 10 yrs. and it's held up nicely so I consider that money well spent. The newer version of it is definitely not as sturdy.

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  4. Jeanine - I'm back! I have some dressers from Ikea that have held up okay (then again I've only owned them for a few months) but that's about it. I'm a bit abusive with my furniture so definitely something that will hold up well


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