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Key Points To Look Out For When It Comes To Wood Furniture

Ever wondered why one type of furniture lasts longer and the other hardly lasts a year? Well, the answer is all in understanding furniture classification and the type of wood used.

Nobody wants to come home to a broken furniture. Neither do you want to sit down on a sofa only to have it wobble. The type of wood used will help avoid putting yourself in such awkward positions. So here’s what to look out for when buying your next furniture edition. 

Typically furniture is either made of solid, engineered, metal or glass wood.

Every conservationist worst nightmare is the use of solid wood especially the exotic rare wood like teak, ebony, rosewood, oak or even sardal that comes with a maximum 10years prison term in Kenya.

However, loggers still prey on them.  Most commonly from South Sudan or DRC where the vast country makes policing a nightmare. The Chinese especially pay handsomely for these exotic boards making.

Solid Wood 

It comes in Mahogany, oak, teak, cider mvule, soft, Pine or Cyprus wood.  As the name suggests, the harder the wood the longer it will last and hence more expensive.

Softwood treatment can be complicated. It requires a high level of specialty otherwise you get poor quality furniture that is not well treated and thus prone to bending and cracking.

One of the most commonly sought after timber will have to be the rubberwood which mimics former Malaysian Iconic president, Mohammed Mahather.

Basically various solid wood come from small pieces of wask rubberwood, super glued together to form one huge board allowing beautiful pieces to be curved out of it. The only disadvantage of this type of wood is it's not eco-friendly.

Engineered Wood

Because of cutting down trees thus causing environmental dilapidation, man came up with the idea of a super big board made from pieces of waste timber glued together to make MDF board or medium.

High-Pressure Laminate (HPL)

This is also called chipboard not to confuse with the hard terms.  It is also one of the most durable decorative surfaces.  When it comes to giving furniture a new dimension, HPL offers the flexibility and character you need. It is composed of kraft paper, a decorative paper and a clear melamine overlay. These sheets are bonded at high pressures and temperatures to substrate MDF.

PLY Boards

This is the naming convention used by companies to mark their wood sheets. Plywood is then made by gluing several layers of plies over one another. These plies are called wood veneers and are obtained by peeling thin layers from logs of wood using a wood lathe machine.

Block boards 

It’s made up of a core of softwood strips. The strips are placed edge to edge and sandwiched between veneers of hardwood. The sandwich is then glued under high pressure. This type of wood is not suitable for outdoor use because the glues used are interior glues. It is best used in making shelves, doors, paneling and partitions.

MDF Board

This is relatively easy to use and manufacture as most already come with either melamine laminate or solid wood veneer. However, you still have an option of painting or using paper laminate or Formica.

The edges of this type of furniture are finished with edge banding. The difference will come with the level of unique finishes. The machines used and the level of craftsmanship applied is ideal for making desks, cabinetry and general furniture. The downside here is sensitivity to water especially of the edge banding.

Solid or Natural Wood 

Locally, Mvule and Camphor are most commonly used hardwoods. They make nice strong and durable furniture but one has to invest in modern technology to achieve high-level finishes. Wood drying using Kiln is paramount otherwise using timber that does not dry will cause the furniture to move hence bend or crack.

When it comes to giving furniture that chic quality finish, sarding is thorough and preferably using spray paint. This is because solid wood is expensive and very technical to use.

The current trend would be the wood veneer over MDF or chipboard (a thin slice of wood) to give it the rustic touch and feel while keeping the cost much lower.

It’s important to note that your needs and budget will eventually affect the type of wood that goes into your furniture. The biggest myth: MDF furniture is bad and not durable.

Did you know most of the kitchen and home vanity cabinetries are made of MDF and that the UN doesn’t buy only furniture unless it’s MDF or recycled wood? That is the reality and this actually helps conserve nature one way or the other.

For cutting-edge furniture that is sustainable, you're sure to get it right here at Furniture Elegance at pocket-friendly prices too. Don’t hesitate, make a point to visit our showroom and pick your lifestyle. 






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