Most of us are fine with the fact that IKEA furniture is made of pine or particle board, especially because you can hack their stuff together in lots of cool new ways and the price is unbeatable.
But writer James L. Sutter made a disillusioning discovery while doing some design hacking on a desk that might put some people off- IKEA's "particle board" furniture is made with cardboard.
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.— James L. Sutter (@jameslsutter) January 23, 2018
FOLKS IKEA WOOD IS LITERALLY CARDBOARD. pic.twitter.com/0vFYaBu5J8
James made it clear he didn't really have a problem with the cardboard content in IKEA furniture, he was just surprised to find it in there, and one Twitter user explained why using cardboard in particle board is actually a good thing:
My dad is a structural engineer. That honeycomb structure is actually stronger than particle board (unless you cut it in half.) Its also far more eco friendly. They use the particle board for the parts that need to hold screws.— Crux Crusher Cates (@pengraffe) January 24, 2018