Finding a bookcase that won't pollute the air...how does Ikea furniture stack up?
I've been thinking about getting an Ikea Expedit
bookcase for our soon to be kid's room. Not only is it cheap, but it gets rave reviews on practicality. But, I'm trying to avoid buying stuff that is nasty to the environment and pollutes our home. Particleboard and fiberboard seem to off-gas and release toxins into the air.
The Expedits are made of:
Main parts: Particleboard, Fiberboard, ABS plastic, Acrylic paint
Filling material: Paper
Fixed shelf: Particleboard, ABS plastic, Melamine foil
Suspension rail: Steel
Ideally, I would get a real wood shelving system that is used, but I've been searching Craigslist for weeks and can't find what I'm looking for. New wood shelves are hard to come by (either too expensive or not deep enough shelves or both).
So, do you think Ikea's Expedit is safe? For what its worth, the kid won't be sleeping in the room for a while...maybe a year or so, but still its all the same house.