IKEA is great! They’ve got everything you could ever need to furnish your home at an affordable price. Plus, their stores are so big that a day trip to IKEA is a perfectly valid excuse to avoid someone and pick up some cheap and delicious meatballs in the meantime.
Seriously, when someone asks where you’ve been all day and you say “at IKEA”, there will be no more questions asked. However, one IKEA shopper was left with a lot of questions when he discovered what was inside a desk that he had purchased at the Scandinavian home goods store.
James L. Sutter was doing a bit of a DIY renovation when he made the discovery. He had wanted to make a modification to his IKEA desk and decided to saw it in half. Considering the desk was cheap, he wasn’t surprised to see that it was not solid wood.
Sutter had expected particle board or some other “fake wood”, but that’s not what he found. “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,” he wrote on Twitter.