Back in the day, it is safe to say that most furniture was made out of solid wood. If you go to an antique store and look around, you’ll notice that the furniture is solid and heavy! It probably takes a couple of people to move a dresser or lift a bookcase. Today, a tiny woman can easily move most furniture with a little oomph!
What is your bookcase made of?
Most people would probably answer…
but in reality, most products available for purchase in big box stores are made of particle board – NOT SOLID WOOD!
It is basically wood chips and shavings that are bonded together with adhesives. It is cheap to make and creates furniture that is lighter and easier to transport than solid wood. This is appealing to consumers because the furniture is affordable and great for small spaces.
1. The adhesive used to press the wood materials together contains formaldehyde and other chemicals. These toxins can take up to 20 years to fully off-gas, which means the furniture is constantly releasing toxins into your home.
2. The end product is not strong like solid wood, which means it will not last long and is easily damaged. The furniture is usually not reusable after its initial use because it is designed for the dump.
1. Only buy new furniture when you really need it. Don’t just buy something because you are bored with what you have.
2. When you need new furniture, buy used if you can. Solid wood is made to last. You’d be surprised what you can find at thrift stores and yard sales! Plus, used furniture has a history!
3. If you buy new, buy HARD WOOD. Skip the particle board.
4. Buy some plants. Plants absorb toxins in your home!!
You might be surprised by all the places particle board is likely lurking in your home! It is often found in bed frames, couches, cabinets, etc. Obviously, it unrealistic for the average consumer to avoid particle board completely. I suggest making an effort to remove it from the bedroom where you spend about 1/3 of your life!