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#1 lisacat

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

Hi all,

Is ikea furniture made from wood or melamine?

I would like to get some furniture that is white wood and will be travelling to Sydney to get it but I don't want to bother with ikea if it is all melamine.

#2 imamumto3

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:37 PM

what does the website say?

#3 Just Another Cat

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:39 PM

They have both. Look at the website, it will be in the product details.

#4 !momo!

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

Alot of their stuff is chipboard but product details should confirm or give them a ring.

Edited by !momo!, 14 January 2013 - 08:44 PM.

#5 !momo!

Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

Double post

Edited by !momo!, 14 January 2013 - 08:43 PM.

#6 The Old Feral

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

QUOTE (lisacat @ 14/01/2013, 09:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi all,

Is ikea furniture made from wood or melamine?

I would like to get some furniture that is white wood and will be travelling to Sydney to get it but I don't want to bother with ikea if it is all melamine.

The vast majority of their white stuff is chipboard.

#7 Feral Alpacas

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:13 PM

Don't bother. I bought some stuff there last year, nearly all of it was rubbish. The only pieces that are ok are the Trofast storage systems (it's melamine).

#8 Madnesscraves

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

Depends what you're purchasing in white. The product description will tell you.

#9 tick

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

The Hemnes range has two shades of white, one which is solid wood (not sure what type). A lot of the cheaper stuff isn't and thus doesn't travel well....

#10 Feral Alpacas

Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

QUOTE (tick @ 14/01/2013, 10:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Hemnes range has two shades of white, one which is solid wood (not sure what type). A lot of the cheaper stuff isn't and thus doesn't travel well....

Doesn't even build well lol. We bought DD a chest of drawers, the pre-drilled holes in the sides aren't level, so the top drawer has a larger gap at the top on the left than the right. Looks crappy and cheap and I can't take it back as Ikea is 4 hours from here. Not impressed.

#11 Feraldadathome

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:53 AM

Cheap Ikea stuff is cheap, although still better than places like Fantastic furniture or Oz design. More expensive Ikea stuff tends to be quite OK.

#12 Madnesscraves

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:56 AM

I have a lot of IKEA furniture in my house and sorry to say, but I have nothing but praise for their stuff. may be a mofo to put together, but once together it says together for a long time. My IKEA $150 bed frame is still going 8 years on... and Its been through 8 moves!

#13 MrsLexiK

Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:23 AM

QUOTE (Madnesscraves @ 15/01/2013, 10:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a lot of IKEA furniture in my house and sorry to say, but I have nothing but praise for their stuff. may be a mofo to put together, but once together it says together for a long time. My IKEA $150 bed frame is still going 8 years on... and Its been through 8 moves!

Yup mine too! (though not through as many moves only 3) my book shelf and tv unit (again 3 moves) are about 10 years old - nothing wrong with them.

#14 CallMeFeral

Posted 15 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

They have both. We have a white daybed that we originally bought the chipboard version of, but the package was damaged and returned and they had none left, so we got a slightly different, also white, one in wood. I think it was pine.
Chipboard is not always worse though. Soft/cheap wood can be weaker and warp more easily than chipboard, which is mainly glue. Depends on the quality of the chipboard maybe - some of that stuff is strong and like plastic - some is closer to compacted cardboard.

Ikea furniture is kind of like the lottery, you win some you lose some. Some of their stuff is amazing and lasts forever - some of it will fall apart when you look at it. You can probably tell which is which by going to the store and banging it about a bit to see if it's sturdy.

ETA. Yep - I have a single bed - now kept as a spare - that is about 25 years old and sturdy as ever. My mirror cabinet is 15 years old and looks like the day we bought it... for less than just a straight mirror cost anywhere else!
On the flipside, the day bed we bought and returned was rubbish.
We got some really solid little kids chairs 2 years ago that are so sturdy that DH or I can sit on them WITH a child on our lap - but they don't have them anymore. sad.gif

Edited by CallMeAliG, 15 January 2013 - 10:29 AM.

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