Man Discovers IKEA Isn't Even Particleboard, It's Cardboard

February 1, 2018


This is a before and after shot of a piece of the IKEA desk that Twitter user James L. Sutter decided to cut in half instead of trying to sell on Craigslist for more than he bought it for like a normal person. He discovered that the particle board is only used for endcaps that require fasteners, and the interior is actually honeycombed cardboard. *mind blown* Just kidding, I already knew that. Also, I have no mind left to blow.

I always knew that Ikea furniture was fake wood--particle board with a veneer on top. Fine, whatever. But last night I sawed into my desk and discovered the particle board *itself* is a lie.

(To be clear, I don't have a problem with this: it's cheap, light, and works. But it was extremely surprising!)

Plus it's actually more structurally sound and eco-friendly than using particle board. Hey -- whatever works, that's my motto. *tries to sit on coffee table, collapses through it* I'm not paying for that. "You already did." Well I'm not paying to replace it. "Then I guess you'll just have to live without a coffee table." Maybe you'll just have to live without a coffee table! "What are you talking about?" Check your home security camera. "Is that you?!" Haha, no, it's a mover I lied to and said your house was mine. I'm supposed to meet him in an alley in twenty minutes. "WTF!" I also told him he could raid the fridge so you'll probably want to pick up dinner on your way home.

Thanks to Tom, who only builds things with his imagination and furnished his entire home for nothing.

  • David Arbelaez

    This is fake. He took the packing that’s inside the box and made it look like it’s what inside IKEA furniture. I confirmed this today.

  • kingphilbert

    I actually have a tv stand and shelving unit from IKEA that are 3/4" thick solid wood. If you look, there are a few gems to be had.

  • Keith Gibbons

    I build furniture/home decor/guitar cabs AND I own IKEA stuff. You get what you pay for, like a huge coffee table for $10-$15 that you should just understand is not meant to be sat or stood on (but please do and don't forget to film it!). Some of it has a cardboard core, particle board core or made of solid wood. I will say however, that regardless of the material, it all sucks to assemble.

  • Mygel

    Some of their products are like that, and are also labeled thus. It's mostly only the cheapest things they sell. But they also have stuff off quite high quality, if you're willing to add a few bucks. I helped my father install bathroom furniture he had bought on Ikea, and it was solid stuff. I refused to belive him when he said that the stuff was from there, until he showed me the damn reciept. Same quality as that in any other store hereabouts would've been almost double the cost.
    On Ikea, you get what you pay for, but still at a lower rate than other furniture chains.

  • pukoh

    Ummm everyone knows this... there’s videos on how they make these boards...

  • Jimmy Bills

    Ikea is literal garbage. Remember in the early 2000s when it was actually cool to shop there and not a place people went out of pure desperation?

  • TheQiwiMan

    Meh, Particle Board is made up of tiny wood pieces glues together, cardboard is just even tinier pieces of wood, right?

  • econoking

    damn.... tru

  • Xockszky

    IKEA furniture is so low quality that THRIFT STORES won't even accept it because it's "one use only, disposable" furniture.
    IKEA furniture is extremely wasteful. If I'm going to buy furniture, it better be solidly built and last for decades.

  • Jason Costanza

    If you're shopping at Ikea for "nice furniture made of wood" you're doing it wrong before you even started.

    Plus it says something for engineering to not actually need wood to make functional furniture. Seems like a win-win to me.

  • dougfunnay

    ....."not actually need wood to make functional furniture" you say.....
    this gives me an idea
    an ottoman crafted entirely of structural grade steel
    stone carved bookshelves
    and a wardrobe made entirely highly durable plastics

    im a madman! maaaadmaaaaaaaan!!!!!

  • MustacheHam

    If it works, I too won't complain.

  • Jenness

    I know everyone else here are furniture builders but I had no idea. I knew it sucked but not to this degree.

  • pukoh

    It doesn’t suck. It’s fucking genius

  • captaindash

    "I know everyone else here are furniture builders"
    So we're the idiots because we figured that an entire shelving unit that weighs less than a house cat might not be solid particle board (which as everyone who's ever lifted anything made of melamine knows is heavy as shit)? Yeah, we're the idiots.

  • Jenness

    Uhh newsflash Mr. Sensitive, re-read my comment. I was making fun of my own total cluelessness. I actually have a lot of respect for most of the posters on here who constantly amaze me with the depth and breadth of their knowledge and, when I have questions, will go out of their way to answer me with thoughtful responses.

    And then there are people who are so butthurt that no cream can be rammed up their ass to stop them from thinking that every single comment must be in some way "OFFENSIVE" and a "MICROAGRESSION" meant to scar their fragile psyches.

    Guess which category I am putting you in Nancy.

  • WhiteEagle2

    The particle board is not a lie. They use particle board where the furniture needs to screw together.

    P.S. The Hemnes line is made with all solid wood. No cardboard, particle board or veneers.

  • Chris Clark

    huh, I thought this was common knowledge....

  • Ollie Williams

    Breaking news: Ikea advertises cheap and disposable furniture, and sells cheap and disposable furniture.

  • whacko

    He was surprised by this? How does he think IKEA can afford to sell an entire desk for $25?

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