Composite Wood Products

Earlier this month FurnitureCart team has started the Ultimate Guide to Wood Furniture. We have discovered what kinds of wood are usually used for furniture production and common wood finishes. You are welcome to check them out, if you are a newcomer at our blog.

Today we continue with the third and last chapter of our Wooden Furniture Guide. And today we will talk about the composite wood products.

Most probably, when buying the wooden furniture, the customer pays attention to solid woods in the specifications and the list of materials used for the dining set or bed. Actually, we have to be frank: nowadays very often plywood, MDF, and particle board are made of a high quality. So, there is no use disregarding these manufactured wood products. Sometimes it can be difficult to differ a composite wood piece and a solid wood piece of furniture, if the composite wood piece comes covered with a high-quality veneer. Let us discover together the three types of manufactured wood products.

Plywood is flexible, though strong material resistant to cracking, warping, shrinking or swelling. Plywood is made of thin layers of wood that are glued together and pressed. To make the plywood furniture stronger, wood grain of adjacent layers is rotated up to 90 degrees to one another.

Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is made by means of breaking down hardwood and softwood materials, and then combining it with resin, glue or wax to form panels under high temperature and pressure. As a result, there appears a product that is stronger and more solid than any other wooden materials. Usually it is used for cabinets, cupboards and wardrobes, shelving and bookcases. Though it is heavy material, it is quite easy to cut and finish.

Particle board, also known as low-density fiberboard (LDF) or chipboard, is made of wood chips, sawmill shavings or sawdust, and bound together by synthetic resin or another suitable binder, and pressed. Actually, the process of manufacturing is similar to how MDF is made. Particle board is a part of budget-friendly furniture (kitchens, dining room furniture) and flooring; it is common-used in budget furniture that has a veneered or laminate faсade.

Usually MDF composite wood products do not contain knots or rings, as the natural woods do, making it more uniform to finish, as well as in service. Plywood is frequently used to create curved surfaces as it can easily bend with the grain. Particle board made the huge revolution in wooden furniture design once it appeared, and still continues to make it evolve, by making the prices lower for the final customer.

Wood Types

Wood is believed to be one of the top-trends in 2018. So, today, FurnitureCart team starts the ultimate guide to the wooden furniture. “Chapter One” is dedicated to common woods used in furniture. Wood is used for making furniture from the immemorial time, and no wonder it comes nowadays in many different styles. One can find any from traditional and ornate to sleek and contemporary one. Moreover, you’ll find furniture for any space you like – from dining room and kitchen to bedroom. If you are looking for the high quality, it will be both interesting and useful to know what wood types are used for producing it.

Woodlands Sleigh Bedroom Set (Oak) by Virginia House

Oak, both red and white is commonly used for furniture production. Due to its strength and gorgeous grain, it is often used both for solid wood furniture and veneers. White oak comes gray/brown in color; red oak has a gingery tincture with a gray/brown color.

The most treasured wood, mahogany, is a master standard in fine furniture. Its color varies from a ginger-brown to deep red.

Modern Classics Linear Occasional Table Set by Kincaid Furniture

Another fine furniture type is cherry. It ages beautifully and takes stains and finishes easily.

A pale color and tough structure are the advantages of the white ash. Furthermore, it is extremely flexible, and is commonly used for bent and curved furniture.

Pine Hill Dining Room Set by Magnussen

The primary wood used in unfinished furniture is definitely pine. The light color of pine gives possibilities to make it easily painted. It has a great texture with the ring growths and knots giving it the natural look.Discoveries Book Side Table by Aico FurnitureWalnut is mostly used in fine furniture, for instance cabinets, often used in veneers. It is chocolate brown in color with dark or purply stripes.

Being dense and attractive hardwood, maple is often used in furniture and is the most common wood used for butcher blocks. It has a light brown color with a gingery cast.

Yellow birch is a common hardwood used in any type of furniture. It has light yellow/brown color, and looks similar both in color and grain to maple.Traditional Styled Distressed Birch Accent Chest by Pulaski FurnitureSoftwood cedar is mostly used in, armoires, chests, dressers and closets. Light ginger in color with slightly lighter streaks and knots, it has a distinctive scent. Due to the last advantage it is effective in repelling insects, for example moths.

To manufacture patio dining sets and chaises, teak is commonly used. Being weather-resistant wood, it is a good solution for an outdoor furniture. The color of teak varies from a dark brown to a golden brown.

Mirage Dining Room Set by Rossetto USA

Cappuccino-colored hardwood used in modern decor is wenge. This wood comes dark brown to black with black graining.

Pecan is another strong hardwood, which is also found in veneers. Often used to make a dining furniture. It varies from pale brown to gingery brown.

Next time we will talk about common wood finishes. Follow us and stay informed and inspired with Furniturecart!