How to Determine a Qualitative Furniture?

When you're renovating your dream house, it is no doubt that budget usually plays a very big part in your consideration. So, this post will help you understand better what you're getting for your every dollar. A key thing to remember: DO NOT be deceived by the aesthetics. It is the wood between the laminates that differentiates between a long-lasting and durable furniture or a throwaway furniture that will probably fall apart after a few months.

So, we will share with you a few tips to make every single cent of your money worth it.

Tip number 1: Low price does not necessarily means High Quality

Have you ever wondered why some the furniture is so cheap and yet has better aesthetics as compared to the more expensive ones? (In tip number 2, we will discuss with you the reason why)

DO NOT be deceived by price tags.

It's pretty horrifying that nowadays that the price, quality and how it is manufactured pitched by the salesperson in the showroom can be so inconsistent with the actual product.

A typical bluff would be claiming the furniture is made of pinewood, but in actual fact, is made of a wood way cheaper. With that said, there is no way to validate it unless you remove the laminates.

Unfortunately, this is how the majority in industry works - maximizing profit margins by compromising on quality.

To protect yourself from fakes and to ensure quality AND durability, always FIND OUT what you are actually paying for. Be it the material or where is it manufactured (directly from factory or not). Always dig deeper, do some research and literally see it for yourself!

Tip number 2: Look at the type of wood!

Woods in general have anisotropic properties. In layman term, they're strong and durable in a single direction.

They are also hygroscopic. In layman term, they are susceptible to water and their strength will drop exponentially when they are damped.

These are not a problem because most woods these days are laminated and coated so they are equally strong in all directions and are water proof at the same time, and partly for aesthetic purposes.

A furniture that is made of Chip board; also known as Particle board is significantly cheaper than a furniture that is made of plywood even if they are laminated. Why is that so?

In this section, we will introduce to you 2 commonly used woods for furniture, Plywood and Particle Board (PB), and explain to you the difference between both.

1. Plywood

Plywood are extremely durable and are manufactured to resist uniform loads perpendicular to their surfaces as well as high loads parallel to their surfaces.

raw wood structure

The different orientation gives plywood the same strength in all direction; also known as isotropic, as compared to a raw wood which is only strong in a single direction; also known as anisotropic.



2. Chipboard

Chip board also known as Particle Board (PB) is an engineered wood product made of wood chips/unwanted wood that is then pressed and extruded.

Studies have shown that the Modulus of Elasticity (MOE) is the lowest in the perpendicular direction. In layman term, particle board has a higher tendency to deform when forces are applied perpendicular to it.

For more information, visit Ultrasonic test conducted on Particle board.

Particle Board is also very prone to expansion and discoloration due to moisture, particularly when the laminates covering the PB starts to give way making it very susceptible to moisture.

particle board

Particle Board

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