Moving Particle Board Furniture

Particle Board DeskWhen making your next purchase you might want to think about how often you move.  Moving particle board furniture over and over can weaken the piece making it less sturdy than when you first bought it. Particle board furniture can be very cost effective at the time of purchase but tricky to move. Most particle board furniture comes in a box when purchased and you build it in your home. Furniture purchased in a box was shipped that way for a reason. The company that made it knows it’s safer if shipped disassembled. Under most circumstances this furniture can be safely moved but it wasn’t made to be moved after being assembled. Damage during transportation happens to particleboard furniture more than any furniture that is made from real wood. Even when taking the time to disassemble and reassemble the piece it doesn’t always go back the same way. It can be less sturdy after being taken apart.

Keeping in mind particleboard furniture can usually be moved safely but when the piece is moved over and over it can become weak so it isn’t as sturdy as when it was first purchased. When you are  shopping for new furniture ask yourself a few simple questions that may help you decide on what to buy. How long do you need it to last? Is it for temporary use? Are you planning on moving anytime soon? If you are looking for a piece to pass down to your children a desk or dresser you probably don’t want to purchase something made from particle board.

Do you own a “cost effective” piece of furniture? What is it? How long have you had it?

Comments

  1. Kim, that is good to know. I have a very cost effective coffee table in my guest bedroom that is truly on its last leg 🙂 It’s made of beech wood, not particle board, but I think it is well beyond its half life. It’s only been moved once, and I know it wouldn’t survive another move. It might not even survive another few months 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh, so true. I have some serious experience with trying to move this stuff. In fact, we have one giant bookshelf that we’ve redecorated twice around, just because it’s too much trouble to move out of the room! Guess there’s a reason why that Ikea furniture is so darn inexpensive!

  3. This is such great advice. What looks good and seems like a great value in the store may end up being more expensive when you add in the maintenance, repair, and/or replacement costs down the road. Not to mention the hassle and frustration factor dealing with all that. Great advice and thanks for the tip!

  4. I would never have thought about this. Thanks for the info. on particle board
    furniture. I have a small kids bookcase and a few other items that I’ll have to keep in mind next time we move.
    .-= Vicki´s last blog ..More thoughts on thinking big =-.

  5. Oh that word IKEA…. not a fan. I don’t even like going to their store.

    I remember back in my apartment days having lots of PUT IT TOGETHER YOURSELF furniture and you are right, none of it made it through a move. Particle board and screws do not make for long lasting funiture. And, its SO FREAKING heavy to move.

    Great tips and a great reminder. Looking at the desk my computer is on now and wondering how well it will move, actually! 🙂

  6. Yes – I bought a couple of those small white storage chests – one with 3 drawers and one with a door and shelves. I’d say I got what I paid for – they are so flimsy that they barely keep their shape just standing still. I cannot imagine having a real piece of furniture made from particle board… kind of like wearing clothing made of paper!

  7. Kim,

    Couldn’t agree more. It kinda goes with our “disposable” society, which also includes computer equipment as well.

    I have some “solid” furniture that will have no problems in my next move (none planned yet), but I have a few very flimsy bookshelves I somehow acquired in my bedroom which are on their last lags.

    Heard a very good radio show a number of years ago about how we aren’t passing on family heirlooms to future generations, as most of our furniture isn’t worth it. A bit of a shame.

    I do have a great china case from my Grandmother Ruby, which I treasure.

  8. Kim,
    Well said. Nice to hear someone isn’t afraid to help us think about that low cost purchase and what our intentions are down the road for the future investment.
    Thanks for keeping it short and to the point.

  9. This is why I stick to quality furniture! There is a time and a place for Ikea, temporary…college. Just my two cents.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Feedback Friday- What If =-.

  10. Thanks for the great information. I would have never thought of how hard it would be to move it.

  11. Thanks for the info.
    I will make sure that I do not use this type of furniture when selecting the furniture for staging.

  12. Thanks for this Kim. I have always maintained that, no matter what you buy, whatever has the cheapest initial cost, usually has the highest long term cost. You can put lipstick on garbage, it’s still garbage. If you never have to move it, I guess it can serve a purpose. Just another of the many reasons I don’t go to Ikea.

  13. Dr. Stephanie says:

    I have had a few pieces of “cost effective” furniture while is college, many years ago. Most have not survived and have been laid to rest after moving. They served their purpose at the time, but the saying is true, you get what you pay for.

  14. Very useful information. Thank you!!!!

  15. Having just moved my desk from my home office to a separate location, I couldn’t agree more. I purchased it at IKEA and love it’s design and spacious dimensions, but after just one move (and a very careful one at that) it is already showing signs of wear and tear. My next furniture purchase will be solid wood, and not particle board/laminate; it’s worth every penny to get something more expensive that’s also built to last.

    As a professional mover, I’m sure you see more and more of this kind of “cheap but nice” furniture and I’m sure that you use the utmost of care! Even so, I can see why you’d take the time to point out their fragility to your clients; they really don’t like to be moved once they are set up.
    .-= Jerry Bates´s last blog ..What does your website say about you =-.

  16. Not sure if I agree… This is my 1st visit to this website. Appreciate you for sharing this. I must revisit this site. I am a home decoration specialist for 5 years. Our decorating tip of the day is: Please don’t overclutter a room. Walking area is a plus. Until next time…

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