I had heard from a furniture craftsman friend in Delaware that he did not regard the design and construction of IKEA furniture very highly. After reading this thread, I thought I thought that I would take a look on line.
From the IKEA website, about one of the bookcases:
Main parts: Particleboard, Fiberboard, Foil
Back: Fiberboard, Printed and embossed acrylic paint
Top moulding: Fiberboard, Foil
It just doesn’t get any worse craftsmanship then that. There is no real wood at all; just sawdust and glue.[:0]
Here is the construction of one of the most expensive bookcases:
Main parts:Particleboard, Oak veneer, Solid oak, Stain, Clear acrylic lacquer
Leg/ Side rail: Solid oak, Stain, Clear polyurethane lacquer
Front rail: Plywood, Oak veneer, Stain, Clear acrylic lacquer
Back: Fiberboard, Oak veneer, Stain, Clear acrylic lacquer
I can’t regard furniture with any fiberboard or particleboard as being solid, or well-built. (And yes, I have some legacy stuff from my poor and newlywed and owner of a new house days that isn’t of great quality.)
Don’t let the sales people fool you into thinking that everything is "solid wood". Check. The bargain may be too good to be true.
Of course, if you need disposable stuff for a dorm room, then it might be great. (When did students start needing to furnish dorm rooms?)