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What’s Inside Ikea Furniture?


Everyone knows Ikea has cheap furniture – I’m not ashamed to say that I have some pieces from there (shelves for my hot sauce wall) – but I never really thought about how or what the furniture from Ikea was made from.

That is, until last night. You see, Lauren & I were at a client’s house doing a consult for a potential client in order to come up with a solution to replace an existing bookshelf/storage area with a built in desk/secretary for their son. In the current space they have Ikea shelving – which looks great – but doesn’t perform to what they need.

As we were discussing running electrical and wiring placements, the client showed me how they have drilled through the shelf to run cables from the outlet to the existing desk top – and I got my first glimpse inside a piece of Ikea furniture.

Inside Ikea Furniture - Cardboard!

No, this is not from the little hole in the clients shelf (this is just an image I took off of Google Images to show you what’s inside). It’s a thin layer of MDF/particle board filled with a cardboard honeycomb for stability.

Now not all pieces from Ikea are made like this – just anything that’s thicker then say an inch or so would be my guess. They do have solid wood items (veneered).

So there you have it – the answer to the burning question of what’s inside Ikea furniture? Cardboard.

Now I have a craving for some meatballs and lingonberries.

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