Since last two years, there is the sudden emergence of Engineered wood is seen. A prime shift is happening towards furniture made out of engineered wood – HDF board, MDF board and particle board. Now the main question is how solid wood differs from the engineered wood. Will the furniture made of engineered wood take over solid wood?
Possible answers could be more applied to urbanisation, availability, and product designs. Solid wood is natural material and strong for making furniture, and at the same time, it can be shaped, polished, re-polished, jointless and can be carved which make it a perfect material for furniture.
Engineered wood is made up of fibres of various species of wood, attached with resin and compressed for giving the same material in the form of sheets or boards in different thicknesses. It is eco-friendly and made from plantation wood. This wood is laminated for giving different kinds of designs for looking like any wood. All furniture items are made using accustom fittings. The furniture items made up of the engineered wood have certainly more than 10 years of life expectancy.
With changes in lifestyle, furniture items are not considered as lifetime products. One intends to upgrade lifestyle, change looks and living standard once in 10 to 15 years. Thereby, when life expectancy is lower, then engineered wood becomes an ideal option at a fair price where a person can use and throw the furniture in 10 years and again get new designs. Highly functional furniture also can be designed with the engineered wood in comparison with solid wood. You can move it and it doesn’t require maintenance as well. It is ideally suited for urban and modern lifestyle designed with high storage feature. Thus, there is strong probability of cupboards, beds, and cabinets being replaced by engineered wood very rapidly. It actually fits in ideal cost to functionality to life expectancy ratio.
Well, solid wood furniture items could also find their places in structural items like dining tables, sofas, side tables, classical furniture, chairs etc. So, at the end of the day, both exist but the shift could be clearly toward engineered wood because it is more sustainable in the long run.