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Is an IKEA pine bed frame safe enough for the environment and durable enough to re-purpose into a raised plant bed?


I've had this bed frame from IKEA for 6 years now. Its almost entirely cheap pine, and I won't be needing it as a bed anymore. I do need a raised bed for plants outside and was wondering if this would safe enough for the environment and also be durable enough for the elements?

caarntedd6 years ago
It will be cool. Do it.
orksecurity6 years ago
Safe? Probably. Most modern finishes are essentially nontoxic after they dry.

Durable? Well, it isn't pressure-treated wood, so it will rot over time. And it isn't exactly "garden timber" sized. On the other hand, you could probably start with this and replace it if/when it does rot out.

That's assuming it *is* actually pine. A lot of low-cost furniture is fiberboard (MDF) with a foil skin that looks like wood, and MDF is definitely *not* weather-resistant. Pine is cheap enough that it's probably real, even from Ikea.