Ikea carries several lines of furniture. some are inexpensive and designed for people on a budget, and some are very high quality that wear well and have better wood components, hinges, levelling feet, etc.
Almost all IKEA furniture is based on 32mm “RTA” (Ready To Assemble) construction methods, and requires some attention to detail when assembling.
The 32mm system, using materials and hardware (designed for RTA cabinetry) enable IKEA to ship cabinets flat in boxes, so that more product can be carried in trucks and containers. it also provides a standard assembly method for almost all IKEA casegoods.
Many of the better pieces have panels made of MDF instead of particle board and laminated instead of printed finishes.
How to spot quality furniture at Ikea — Curbed
While you may not consider all IKEA furniture quality, their products are functional and serviceable.
My opinion is that you get a good value for the money, just don’t expect something to hand down to your great grandchildren.
Disclaimer: I shop at IKEA, and am an Elite Tasker for Taskrabbit — which is owned by IKEA. I repair and assemble IKEA furniture for Taskrabbit. You can read my blog on woodworking here.
I will say that IKEA is known for it’s food. I love the meatballs.
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