The Problem With Cheap Furniture
When my daughter and her husband set up their first apartment many years ago, money was tight. Her bridal shower completed her kitchen with furniture, pots and pans, utensils, dishes, glasses, and so forth.
We bought her the table and chairs. Being metal they lasted for years. Eventually styles, traffic, and kids made it time to think replacement, certainly not some artificial laminate. Years ago she had mistakenly bought bargain shelves on sale at the local cut rate department store. After six months of normal use, it developed a sway back much like an old nag about to be sent to the glue factory. The simple fact is that artificial laminates and particleboard break apart with time and their hardare holes rip and tear. The best descriptor for them is UNREPAIRABLE.
She was forced to replace it immediately as she did not want her television and electronics smashed when the shelving failed. A close inspection? of the laminate as it was heading for the garbage showed that it was a wood chip substrate pressed with glue. It could have been worse since some artificial woods are made of cardboard or paper.
My daughter knows now not to get anything but solid wood furniture, because real wood tables, desks, cabinets, shelving, and kids furniture are solid, durable quality.