damaged inside of boxKRISTINAThe product had black paint scraped off in 2 areas , despite the box having no damage. To be considered for an exchange I would have to bring back the item to the store, but I do not have a vehicle large enough to do so...very disappointing as it is an expensive item2
The perfect cutting tableKathyI purchased Vadholma as a cutting table for my sewing room. It is the perfect height for cutting and working on fabric. I like the shelves for baskets that hold my sewing supplies. The colour blends perfectly with the woods and black metal I have in my craft room.5
It works for us!LisaSmall kitchen yet I now have a table to eat at, an extra counter for prep work and under counter storage space. Plus my cat loves to sprawl and watch me at eye level doing my kitchen thing.
I assembled this by myself but you really need 2 people to do it easily.5
This is one of thekathyThis is one of the nicest, modern and functional pieces of furniture i have purchased. Our kitchen is smaller and I had looked around for quite a time looking for something that gave us a place to sit for breakfast, storage and extra counter space and this item fit in beautifully. It gave us everything we were looking for. We bought it just before Christmas and it was wonderful as we carved the turkey on it then all the dishes we were serving fit on it. Worth the money5
Good productWEIVery utility neat steady for kitchen5
Cracking Garbagederek n.The laminated tabltop started cracking within weeks and continues nearly 6 month later. This is the furthest thing from solid or quality. It is incredibly poorly made laminated thin veneer on particle board or something equally worthless. 19 1/2"-1-1/2 long surface cracks on the the tabletop and counting. What an absolute joke considering it was almost $700 in Edmonton, Alberta.1
Great renovation additionToddBought this to add some storage and prep space to our basement apartment renovation. Worked out great and was much less expensive than a custom install.5
Excellent qualityRHONDAReally nice piece. Perfect for extra counter space in an apartment with no island5
Perfect islandCatherineThis is the perfect island for both dining and food prep. Great-looking, heavy wooden top, perfect storage—what more could you ask for???5
Solid island with great storageMiraliWe love the island. We got it with the rack which is nice - it doesn’t work as I thought it would because the bar over the top limits what sort of things can be stored on the rack. The island is solidly built. Anyone who sees it is surprised it’s from IKEA, and it has gotten lots of compliments. The best design feature is the amount of storage! It holds all my pots and pans, opening up a lot of cupboard space. We had a bit of trouble putting it together but it just took longer than expected and eventually everything fit as it should. Assemble when you have no place to be and feel extra patient.5
Kitchen IslandTracey1971This was our big purchase we gift for Christmas and we love it! Not too big, not to small. Super easy to assemble; that's important! It's been 3 months and we use it all the time. It has not become shaky or wobbly. It's quite sturdy. And a extra storage space it provides is a huge bonus.4
Great storage as well as work areaellement2Best purchase for my kitchen that I have made!5
It helps my kitchen perfectJor1960I purchased it almost 2 months ago and my wife is very happy with it.5
Kitchen IslandBcoadyLove this island. Easy to assemble, very sturdy, easy to move around the kitchen when needed. Very attractive.5
Looks great but butcher block warpsMAGGYMWe bought this kitchen island four months ago and only sporadically use it to supplement our kitchen counter/when we need more space to prep food. But yet the butcher block is already very warped, which is disappointing. We wipe the board whenever there’s a little water or condensation on it. So if you get it just don’t use it for anything that has moisture (which makes this island pretty useless).2
Great addition to our kitchenJDHornWhen we saw this in the store it took about 5 seconds to decide to buy it. It looks and feels sturdy (4 days post-purchase). We also purchased the upper rack, which unfortunately had the wrong attachment studs in the box. After another 90-minute trip to IKEA to get the right ones, was easily attached.5
MlrottFits perfect in my kitchen. I like it a lot4
Strong unit. Looks amazingSwillsWe have had this for a few months now. It’s a great addition to our kitchen. Provides storage and seating.5
SustainabilityPeople and planet
Sustainable life at home
Better countertops with fewer trees
At IKEA we have a tradition of trying to utilize materials in the best possible way. For our countertops in thick veneer it means that we combine old craftsmanship with modern manufacturing methods. It makes the countertops easier to install, more stable and more resistant to humidity compared to solid countertops. And since we use the whole tree – even the crooked branches and the small twigs – we can save natural resources too.
Our take on wood
Wood is the material most commonly associated with IKEA furniture, and for good reasons. It’s renewable, recyclable, durable, ages beautifully and it is an important part of our Scandinavian design heritage. At IKEA we believe that sourced in a responsible way, wood is a key change driver for climate mitigation. In 2012, we set a goal that by 2020 our wood would be from more sustainable sources. We are happy to announce that we have reached this goal and today, more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.
“At IKEA we have a tradition of trying to utilize the materials we have in the best possible way,” says Johnny Rietz, who’s been involved in developing the kitchen worktops in thick veneer. The work started in 2008 when IKEA founder, Ingvar Kamprad, visited one of our suppliers and asked a simple question that took some time to answer: ‘How can we make this product using fewer trees?’
Less is more
“After some trials and errors, we came up with the solution. A core of particleboard and a layer of solid wood on the outside – or thick veneer,” says Johnny. “It’s a combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern manufacturing methods. Paper-thin veneer has been used in fine, decorative furniture making for centuries, but for our worktops we’re using a much thicker layer of wood.” The thick veneer makes the surface hardwearing, and it saves raw material – a lot of it. From the same amount of wood needed to make one solid worktop, it’s possible to produce five thick veneer worktops.
No wood is wasted
Another advantage with this production technique is that you can use the whole tree; the stem as surface, and scrap bits – curvy, bent branches and small twigs – for the particleboard on the inside. The end result is a worktop that is every bit as genuine as solid wood, only more stable and more resistant to humidity. “Sometimes a small, harmless question can make a big difference. That’s exactly what happened with our kitchen worktops. It started as a challenge to use resources wiser, and proved to have positive effects not only for the environment, but also the quality. I think it’s great when that happens!” says Johnny.
Forests are critical for life on earth
Forests contribute to maintaining balance in the atmosphere, purify the air that we breathe and are part of the water cycle. They nourish wildlife biodiversity and provide homes for indigenous communities who depend on forests for their livelihoods. 90% of plant and animal species living on the planet need forests to survive. They provide sources of food, fuel, timber and many other ecosystem services that we rely upon. Sourcing approximately 19 million m3 of roundwood per year from some 50 countries, IKEA has a significant impact on the world’s forests and the timber industry and a huge responsibility to positively influence how wood is sourced. Responsible wood sourcing and forest management ensure that the needs of people dependent on forests are met, that businesses can work sustainably, that forest ecosystems are protected and biodiversity is enhanced.
100% wood from more sustainable sources
At IKEA, we work with strict industry standards to promote responsible forestry. We don’t allow any wood in our supply chain from forest areas that are illegal or contain high conservation values or from forest areas with social conflict. Before starting to work with IKEA, suppliers must demonstrate that they meet IKEA critical requirements on wood sourcing. IKEA requires all suppliers to source wood from more sustainable sources (FSC-certified or recycled wood). All suppliers are audited regularly and non-compliant suppliers are required to implement immediate corrective actions. By working together with our suppliers, we are proud to announce that we have reached our more sustainable sources goal, which we set out to achieve by 2020. Today more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.
IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030
As pressure on the world’s forests and the surrounding eco-systems increases due to unsustainable agriculture, the expansion of infrastructure and illegal logging, it is time to take an even more holistic approach to protect and support these important resources for generations to come. The IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030 set out to improve forest management, enhance biodiversity, mitigate climate change and support the rights and needs of people who depend on forests across the whole supply chain and drive innovation to use wood in even smarter ways. The agenda focuses on three key areas: • Making responsible forest management the norm across the world. • Halting deforestation and reforesting degraded landscapes. • Driving innovation to use wood in smarter ways by designing all products from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured, and eventually recycled.
We accomplish more by working together
For many years, IKEA has partnered with businesses, governments, social groups and non-governmental organisations to fight forest degradation and deforestation and increase the volume and availability of wood from responsibly managed forests both for our own supply chain and beyond. We are on a journey to improve global forest management and make responsible wood sourcing the industry standard, contributing to building resilient forest landscapes and improve biodiversity.
What is veneer?
A veneer is a thin wooden sheet fixed on things like particleboards to add a durable surface and a natural wood look – so we enjoy the many benefits of wood without using solid wood. The most common veneer types are birch, ash, oak and beech and we’ve made a special UV lacquer that helps preserve the wood's natural structure. A benefit with a slightly thicker veneer is how you can repair and sand the surface if it’s damaged to give furniture a longer and more beautiful life.