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you say "and if that fails I head to Ikea" do you think they have good quality furniture or not? I'm lookig online and I love the Hopen bedroom series....
The problem with Ikea furniture is that almost all of the piece is made of MDF or press board. That type of material does not hold up at all to any type of abuse. Water will make it swell and the joints will fall apart. Screws do not have 1/10 or the holding power they would have in real wood, hard or soft.
I came home one day to find that my wife had purchased a book case from Ikea for my boys books. It was all MDF and press board. After I put it together for her, under protest for her spending the $50; it only lasted for about a month before it started to fall apart. They shelves could not hold the weight of the books, something a book case is designed to do. The screws started to pull out, and once the wood is striped of the threads you can not reattach more screws into the holes. And I have no idea what kind of toxic chemicals were used in the finish process.
Her reason was that she did not want to spend the $150-$200 for a solid hardwood book case, one that we would still have to this day in my boys room. I am in no way saying to not buy anything from Ikea, all I am saying is that you get what you pay for most of the time. It is the same for just about anything. You cant just look at a sticker price, you need to look at how it was made, what it was made of, and how long it will last you. Are you really saving your self money, if you need to replace the item before you have out grown it?