|Manufactured wood Furniture Buying Tips
Wood portrays a feeling of quality, soundness and strength in
furniture...somehow the word "WOOD" loses all semblance of quality
when you place the word "manufactured" or "engineered" in front of it.
Let's put that notion to rest...
What is manufactured/engineered wood?
board: Particle board is made from
refined wood chips that are blended with adhesives and then pressed under
heat and pressure to make “manufactured” wood panels.
You can easily
recognize particle board by its
chunkier surfaces and cores.
- MDF: (medium density fiberboard) is made up of wood pieces that are actually
cooked in steam and refined into fibers. These fibers are then blended with
adhesives and pressed into the form of wood panels.
You can easily
recognize MDF by its smooth
surfaces and cores.
Why use manufactured/engineered wood in furniture?
Because it is...
even more so than solid wood
- Resistant to warping and splitting (Solid wood is
very susceptible to it)
- Less expensive to use than solid wood
- Environmentally sound (Ensures the maximum use of
harvested trees...what would ordinarily be wasted in solid wood products
can be used in Manufactured wood)
Manufactured wood gives you a strong, solid, long-lasting, non-warping,
beautiful wood that make very efficient use of our natural resources.
Do not let a salesperson talk you out of buy a piece
just because it's made from manufactured wood.
And...don't let them talk you in to buying a more
expensive piece just because it's made from solid wood.