Flat Pack Furniture: Cost vs Value

Flat Pack Furniture: Cost vs Value

In a world of disposable furniture, where convenience often overshadows longevity, here at Shelved we are on a mission to change the perception of furniture as a throwaway purchase. By crafting modular shelving that is durable, versatile, and built to last for over 25 years, we are redefining what it means to invest in quality.


The Disposable Furniture Dilemma

The modern furniture landscape is now dominated by flatpack giants like Ikea, offering affordability and convenience. However, beneath the surface lies a hidden cost. The average lifespan of Ikea furniture can be as short as three years, leading to a cycle of constant replacement. Not only does this become more expensive in the long run, but it also contributes to the growing problem of environmental waste.

In the UK, the average tenure for renters in one property is approximately four years. This would imply that renters would need to replace their furniture after every single tenancy. Adding to the frustration, Ikea clearly states on their website “Although most IKEA furniture is flat-pack furniture, it's not designed to be disassembled after you assemble it for the first time”. This means that it is more than likely that those moving to a new place cannot take their furniture with them. This frequent turnover not only leads to unnecessary expenses but also environmental strain.


Built to Last, Designed to Evolve

Shelved takes a bold stance against disposable furniture. Our unique modular shelving system has been meticulously designed with longevity in mind. Crafted using the finest materials and precision engineering, the system is built to last for over 25 years, outperforming any flatpack counterparts by a staggering amount.

What sets the Shelved system apart is its adaptability. Relocating? No problem, a Shelved unit can be disassembled and reassembled without compromising any structural integrity. Even better, each unit can be effortlessly reconfigured to suit any space or design style – switch your unit from a sideboard unit and reconfigure it into a TV unit. This ensures that your investment remains as functional and aesthetically pleasing as the day you first bought it. Whether you're moving to a new home or simply seeking to rejuvenate your living space, Shelved seamlessly adapts to your evolving needs, sparing you from the expense of frequent replacements.

Jonathan Clark, Creative Director for Shelved, shares: "Our commitment to quality craftsmanship and sustainable design is at the heart of everything we do. We believe that furniture should be an investment, our product is designed for the home, not landfill. With Shelved, you're not just buying a shelf; you're investing in a piece of furniture that will stand the test of time and adapt to your evolving lifestyle. A high-quality solution that offers fantastic value for money across a long lifetime."


Environmental Consideration

Beyond the financial strain, the disposable furniture culture perpetuates, there is a growing environmental crisis to consider. Every year, millions of tons of discarded furniture end up in landfills, releasing harmful chemicals and contributing to pollution. The short lifespan of disposable furniture means that more resources are consumed in the manufacturing and transportation of these items, adding to the carbon footprint.

In contrast, choosing quality, long-lasting furniture like Shelved not only saves you money in the long term but also reduces your ecological footprint. Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond durability. It's deeply ingrained in every facet of our design and manufacturing process. We understand that a sustainable approach to design isn't just about building a product; it's about creating a lasting legacy that minimises waste and carbon footprint while maximizing utility and longevity.

We use responsibly sourced materials, minimise waste during production, and prioritise energy-efficient manufacturing processes. It doesn’t stop there. All of our furniture is manufactured in our factory in North Yorkshire. Everything we sell is made in the UK. From the steel, the board used for the panels, and even our injected moulded components are all UK-manufactured. This is something we pride ourselves on and feel extremely proud of.

Here at Shelved, we have a commitment to quality, durability, and sustainability in a world that often prioritises convenience over lasting value. You're not just buying furniture; you're investing in the future of your home and our planet.