When you decide to buy furniture, there are a lot of things to consider. For the most of us the most common leading thought is: “buy cheap, but of good quality, too”. Luckily, nowadays the most expensive furniture material does not necessarily mean the material of the highest quality as well. It all depends on which part of the apartment you plan to furnish, what is this item of furniture to be used for, i.e. its function and position. For instance, solid wood, which is generally the most expensive, is extremely dysfunctional in the bathroom, if processed with wax or oil, because it soon becomes deformed due to humidity.
When buying furniture, it is wise to consult an experienced carpenter and opt for custom furniture. Not only will the dimensions of the particular piece of furniture suit the needs of your room, but you will also be able to influence the material selection.
As core material in furniture production the most commonly used is refined chipboard, that is, a particle board laminated on both sides. This is a commercial name for chipboard refined by decorative paper previously impregnated with melamine resins. Of course, this process is done under high pressure and temperature. The cheapest chipboard, the so-called ”white lined chipboard”, is used in all less visible parts of furniture, and sometimes even in the complete furniture item. Nevertheless, because of the aesthetic component, customers often tend to choose the more expensive alternative – the chipboard coated with colour laminate, wood imitation, shiny laminate or those coated with acrylic. Chipboard coated with the acrylic layer is more expensive than the basic white for half the price, so be sure to consult an expert before you make a final decision.
Medium Density Fibre or MDF are boards that are more expensive due to its advantages and benefits of the material itself – greater humidity resistance, easier shaping and fineness of finishing. Small porosity in cross section is used in processing and coating, which increases the MDF application in furniture production, primarily for fronts in different shapes. Many choose MDF as a bearing material for veneering, finishing veneer, laminates, foil, etc.… Due to moisture resistance, MDF is mostly used in bathrooms and kitchens.
Plywood can look like the real wood. It is actually a type of manufactured wood product- thin wood layers (from 0.6 to 1,5 mm) cut from wood, mainly oak, ash, cherry or walnut tree, which are glued to a chipboard or MDF by pressing. This way you get a material which, by its colour, texture and its tactile impression, has natural wood characteristics, but without its disadvantages. Therefore, plywood is extremely popular and durable. The only drawback is the price, which can be twice the price of chipboard – especially if you decide to use the plywood of some exotic wood species.
For all design related solutions regarding the furniture production, you can contact Manitu d.o.o. with confidence because we can, due to many years of experience, implement your wishes and design ideas in the best possible way.