With the recent recall of Ikea furniture due to its unsafe standards and handful of fatalities, now is the ideal time to discuss the importance of purchasing quality furniture. While it seems like a good idea to opt for a quick-fix piece of furniture, the repercussions of an unreliable item can be more of a hassle than a solution. As an interior designer, I understand the importance of selecting pieces for my client’s which are reliable as well as fashionable.
View Ikea’s list of recalled chests and dressers here.
The Danger of Flimsy Furniture
If you have purchased particle-board furniture before, you know that its flimsy, lightweight construction is obvious. At the time of purchase it may seem like a good option as a filler-piece in your interior, but I want to address the lifespan of that item; a piece of furniture built from particle-board is not built to last. When an inexpensive piece of furniture breaks, where does it end up? The Environmental Protection Agency cautions against the burning of particle board or plywood, as it releases toxic chemicals.
When shopping for quality furniture, there are a few ways to approach the purchase. Antiquing and browsing consignment stores is a fabulous way to give a second life to well-made pieces of furniture.
There are countless armoires, dining room tables and dressers made with quality craftsmanship just waiting to be discovered. Estate sales are also a wonderful way to acquire beautiful pieces of furniture that will last, while on a budget.