Affordability can be tempting. This is especially true when it comes to furniture and products for your home. Even though there are lots of buying guides for home products it’s difficult to know how long something will last, unless you truly know what it’s made of. When looking for furniture, it’s extremely important to understand why that particle board furniture piece is ¼ the price of its solid wood counterpart.
Although, the conditions you subject your wood furniture to do play a role in its longevity (or lack thereof), what ultimately determines the sustainability of your furniture is the strength and quality of the wood. A solid wood piece’s strength withstands the test of time with maximum endurance, while particleboard is best at emulating the appearance of quality wood and serving as an inexpensive alternative to beautiful wood furnishings –it does not, in short, match the sturdiness of solid wood. To learn more about quality wood furnishings, explore the following benefits solid wood has over particleboard:
Solid wood furniture is made from quality wood such as maple, oak, cherry and pine. It is also used for creating signature pieces that are unique handcrafted furniture with beautiful carved details, intricate inlays and impressive grains. Particleboard, on the other hand, is made from engineered wood such as sawdust and wood flakes, which are often by-products of other wood furnishings; it can appear attractive by being given the finish of a glossy veneer. It, however, falls behind in emulating many custom designs that are featured in solid wood furniture, which has a greater capacity for being used to create designs with a wide range of variety. Solid wood is ideal for demonstrating superior craftsmanship.
Solid wood is real wood that is much better suited to modifications, such as repositioning hardware, sawing the legs, or disassembling, while particleboard is likely to come apart if sawed, drilled or repositioned. Take for example a home-grown Canadian company like Woodcraft that uses solely solid Canadian wood in their furniture-making: they are able to achieve intricate, sophisticated designs and trims that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to achieve with particleboard. Particleboard furniture, in contrast, is usually held together using glue or staples; a sturdy construction calls for a much more stabilized and resilient fixture such as the dovetailed joints that are used in solid wood furniture.
One of the advantages of particleboard furniture is that it is lightweight, which adds to its portability factor. The composition of real wood in particleboard furniture is relatively low, which makes its lifespan much shorter (an average of 5 years maximum). Whereas solid wood, being a homogeneous material, can be difficult to transport or shift around due to its weight, its durability remains intact over an extended period of time, so much so that you can pass it down to your kids.
Good quality wood such as solid wood has greater resistance to water as compared to particleboard as well. Particleboard can sustain immediate damage if itgets wet, since simply coming into contact with liquid can waterlog its various crannies and holes.
Handcrafted, solid wood furniture can last for generations if cared for properly. Not to mention, the uniqueness of such furniture has such universal appeal that it will likely appreciate in value. Canadian wood is a popular source of quality wood and classic providers of handcrafted furniture like Ontario’s own Woodcraft possess expertise and experience in providing you with superior craftsmanship that can enhance your living space beyond expectation.