AN INTERIOR designer has revealed what not to buy in IKEA – and claims a popular coffee table choice is literally made of CARDBOARD. 

Jordan Samson took to TikTok to share what people should and shouldn’t splash the cash on when furnishing their homes. 

He suggested avoiding the SÖDERHAMN sofa at all costs and explained that the LACK coffee table won’t last, due to the fact it’s made of cardboard. 

Known online @jordansamsondesign, he regularly shares interior design tips and home hacks with his 75,100 followers. 

In a new reel, he said: “What to buy and what to avoid at IKEA. 

“First, let’s talk sofas. Definitely, a big-ticket item that you don’t want to get wrong, and I would avoid the SÖDERHAMN at all costs.


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“This thing is an ergonomic nightmare. It has extremely thing cushions with no pocket springs so it feels like you’re sitting on a hard piece of plywood… which you are. 

“For a similar pricepoint and look, I would opt for the KIVIK. 

“It’s still sleek-looking but with fuller cushions and pocket springs. The construction is still not great, but it’s better. 

“Honorable mention to the new JÄTTEBO sofa. On looks alone, I love this thing, but truthfully I would look for a secondhand, solid-wood sofa before buying any of these.”

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Shoppers can pick up the SÖDERHAMN both online and in-store, with prices starting at £199. 

The interior designer then went on to share which coffee table he’d never recommend – and the bargain option he’d go for instead. 

“Please avoid the LACK coffee table. I know that price point looks good but I promise you this is not worth it. 

“This thing is literally made of cardboard. This is the inside. 

“I would try and save a bit more money and go for the BORGEBY. It’s made from plywood which is far more durable than cardboard. 

“It’s a great size, I think it looks far more interesting and has additional storage. 

Finally, he shared which dresser may be a good short-term fix for those in desperate need of storage, but what to buy instead if you want it to last. 

He added: “Moving onto dressers, I would pass on the IDANÄS, which again is made of primarily particle board and not super durable. 

“For only $20 more, I would go for the HEMNES. “These look almost identical but the Hemnes is made from solid wood and has more storage.”

Again, the HEMNES range can be bought both online and in-store, with prices starting at £85. 

Fans loved hearing his recommendations, with the video gaining more than 7,800 likes and 168,700 views. 

In the comments, TikTokkers shared their reactions, with one writing: “This is so helpful!”

“I bought Lack shell and it got destroyed after two months. I wasn't expecting that inside is so empty, but what to expect after that low price,” shared another. 

A third added: “I’ve had a large Hemnes for years with multiple moves. 10/10.”

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Not all agreed with his opinions though, with another joking: “The Lack coffee table is a rite of passage though lol.”

Someone else put: “Soderhamn hate 100% not true.”

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