Furniture Tags Lie About Materials

According to an ABC “Good Morning America” investigation, furniture tags are less than honest.
“The federal government used to set specific standards for furniture labeling, but dropped the rules four years ago after the industry complained the standards were outdated.”

What does this mean to you? Well, that “dark cherry accent table,” with the shelf tag that mentioned solid wood legs, might be made of fiberboard.

“After a few seconds with a power sander, we uncovered something else.
“This is clearly not cherry. This is fiberboard. And then here’s the finish.”

The story goes on to describe wood names used in furniture lacking that type of wood.

“We discovered the surface wasn’t maple — or any other kind of wood.
It was more like contact paper over a core of particle board and fiberboard.”

It used to be against the rules for manufacturers to use a type of wood in their product description if it didn’t contain that wood.”

They also discovered fake leather being marketed as “”100 percent split grain cow hide,” by World Market.

Whoops. ABC recommends asking for a written warranty (not paying for one), a signed letter detailing what materials the furniture contains and guaranteeing a full refund should you discover any fakes, and, of course, don’t assume that table is maple just because the tag says so.—MEGHANN MARCO

When Buying Furniture, Don’t Always Trust the Tags [ABC]
World Market Fake Chair [World Market]

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  1. synergy says:

    I watched this and was wondering where they’d been with this “news.” It’s obvious that a lot of this type of furniture is being priced at least 4 times what it’s worth. Just picking up the things would tell you if it was real wood or not. Real wood usually would be much heavier. I just can’t believe people fall for this stuff. It just LOOKS cheap. And really, consumers didn’t know there’s no such thing as “brown cherry” wood?? :-p

  2. The wedding industry is the king of mislabeling, and they ARE federally regulated.

    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/wedgown.htm

  3. Alex Morse says:

    I bought a matress this year claiming to be 100% memory foam.

    It was a great deal, and comfortable, I didn’t question anything… until I took the zip cover off recently to wash it (this is a pouch surrounding the mattress, under another mattress pad, under the sheets, etc…) I didn’t even realize it wasn’t part of the mattress initially, but imagine my surprise when I see about 8″ of standard foam, and about 4″ of memory foam.

    This was bought at Sams Club, I should’ve known the price was far too good.

  4. Voguegirl says:

    First, let me start by saying that you should never, ever under any circumstances buy your furniture from places like Wal-mart, Sams club or Target etc. pretty much anything that is labeled “furniture” there is particle board with laminate over the top. Veneers are better if you have a limited budget. A veneer in case you didn’t know, is a thinly sliced REAL piece of wood glued to Particle board. It’ll look better and feel like the real thing with out the real price. The big misconception is that furniture stores mark their merchandise up considerably which is not always true, there are furniture stores who mark items at reasonable prices, its just best to shop around, many furniture stores carry the same manufacturers and some are willing to negotiate, you just have to ask, nicely of course. As for matresses, you should never go cheap on them, you have to figure that you are going to spend at least 5 to 8 hours sleeping on them every night and a mattress should have a life span of at least 7 years or more, do the math on what it will cost you each night to sleep on your mattress for seven years, and you’ll be surprised( typically warranties are 10 years, but it doesn’t mean you should keep it for that long!)And if you want one of those snazzy memory foam mattresses, look forward to spending around $2,500 for lesser known brands and up to $4,000 for name brand. Foam, especially memory foam is very expensive. Also don’t expect much beyond a manufacturers warranty, if there is any. Many hard goods such as occasional tables and dining room sets have a standard warranty of 120 days. Most furniture stores are not going to write a signed letter for you saying that if you find your furniture is not what you thought it was, then we’ll refund your money 3 years down the line if you find there’s particle board in it. Thats ridiculous. I think the problem with some consumers is they expect so much, for so little. they want a 100% leather and solid wood, and they want to pay wal-mart prices. So manufacturers make the cheapest 100% leather sofas they can make, ultimately sacraficing quality along the way.