What Misunderstandings exist for modern wood furniture
Wood furniture normally refer to those made of full solid wood without any melamine board. In the domestic furniture market, many manufacturers claim that they are selling solid wood furniture. Actually only the frame of furniture is made of solid wood while the table top, doors, side board, shelves and bottom board are made of man-made wood board. You may pay more attention.
Misunderstanding 1: Confusion among solid wood, wood veneered and paper veneered.
As the development of modern wood furniture, there are many forms of furniture in the market: a full range of styles, complete variety and different levels. But at the same time, in these such market, it occurs many problems like selling shoddy and tawdry furniture. As a customer, please pay more attention.
Normally manufacturers will produce the furniture with normal solid wood to instead of precious wood. Also it will not be used for the whole piece of furniture but partial. For example, we can find many suppliers selling solid wood chairs in the market. And generally they will use imported beech wood for high grade chairs, maple、birch and domestic beech for mid-range, rubber wood for the cheapest one. If someone tell you what he sells is imported walnut solid wood chair at USD 80-100, it must be a joke. That would be made of birch wood colored in black walnut. It is very common to do like that in the furniture industry both in China and in abroad. At the beginning, it just tries to save cost and match other products in harmony for the original intention but now are used to cheat customers. We should pay more attention to that.
There are many types of material for the surface of modern furniture. Especially wood veneered and paper veneered is very common but the level is a big difference. Wood veneered furniture will be more natural, beautiful and durable as the price are a little higher than paper veneered furniture. Paper veneered furniture is mass-market product as their prices are much cheaper but is easy to be worn and collision ,afraid of water. Some furniture like shoe cabinet and bookshelf normally are not closed to water and not easy to be collision will be used paper veneered.
When customers visit furniture markets, they will find out some instruction like” walnut tv cabinet””cherry wood coffee table””Beech wood dining chair” on the price tag. At this moment, please figure out it is solid wood , wood veneered or paper veneered. It is very important. They can call them cherry wood furniture if they are made of solid wood or wood veneered. If it is used paper veneered, they only can be called “cherry wood grain furniture”.
Wood veneered- clear wood grain. There also will be natural defect. As the thickness of wood veneer is 0.5mm more or less, when meeting two adjacent interface in the process of producing furniture, they will use two piece of veneer instead of turning. That’s why the grain are not connected.
Paper Veneered—Clear wood grain. Even though it is high grade imported paper, it is still differences from natural venner. It looks fake even they copy the natural defect on the paper. Also it is very easy to reveal their weak at the corners. What’s more, due to paper veneer is thin(0.08mm), when meeting two interfaces, they will turn directly. That’s why grain of two interface is connected.
Solid wood— clear wood grain. More or less you will find some natural defect like wood knots, plaques and black lines etc.). From same piece of solid wood, you will easily find the natural connection of straight and cross sections whether it is wood board or batten.
Misunderstanding 2: Solid wood is the best.
There is one situation that many customers first concern whether it is full solid wood when they step in the store. If not, they will leave without any hesitation. Actually, it is because they lack of knowing modern furniture.
Corresponding to the traditional solid wood furniture, modern furniture is mostly made of man-made board. Taking the most commonly used MDF as example, it is made from wood or other plant fiber as raw material, adding resin as adhesive, after the process of high temperature and high pressure. For the texture of material of MDF, it is compact texture, large range of thickness and density, high ratio of strength to weight, low moisture content, not easily deformed. That’s why it is the most commonly material for furniture. For the surface of furniture, wood veneered is not only beautiful but also good protection because of its 0.3-0.6mm thickness. Therefore, it is the top level to make it with solid wood edge and wood veneered even for imported high-end European furniture. Normally solid wood is only used for supports and edges etc. What’s more, it will divide into high level, medium and low level because of its material, grain, resources and other factors whether it is traditional furniture or modern furniture. Sometimes cheap solid wood is even not as valuable as high-end wood veneer. Because it may cause cracking and deforming if the process of dehydration is not good enough(Moisture content below 10%-12% required for wood of furniture). And high quality solid wood furniture is always expensive.
Manufacturers use solid wood and wood veneer a lot in modern wood furniture. Here are some common ones in Guangdong market:
1, Cherry, imported cherry wood is mainly from Europe and North America. Light brown, elegant grain, medium parabolic pattern as tangential section with small circle grain. high grade solid wood. Manufacturer usually use their wood veneer instead of solid wood in furniture.
2, Black walnut, it is the best quality of walnut wood mainly from North America and Europe. Domestic walnut’s color is lighter than imported walnut. Black walnut is dark-brown purplish with big parabolic patterns(mountain grain) as tangential sections. As black walnut is very expensive, manufacturer usually use wood veneer instead.
3, Maple wood, light color, small mountain grain. The most obvious feature is the “shadow”. Maple is the mid-range wood. Wood veneer and solid wood are very common for furniture.
4, Beech wood, the beech wood mentioned here is different from beech wood in Chinese traditional furniture’s “South beech North Elm”. Color of beech is bright yellow with dense “needle”. Imported beech from Europe is less defect than domestic. Imported beech is medium – high end solid wood in domestic. Manufacturers usually use wood veneer for furniture, solid wood for dining chairs and supports etc.
5,Rubber wood, original color is light yellow brown, messy slight grain. It is low level solid wood because of its soft texture. Sellers mostly state it “oak wood”. Actually it is not. The real oak wood is more expensive than it. White oak from Europe with elegant grain. Red oak from North America with large mountain grain. Both of them are heavy. They are much better than rubber wood.
6, Birch wood, light yellow. Its feature is with many black lines. It is also medium level solid wood. Wood veneer and solid wood are very common for furniture.
After the introduction above, we could learn that wood furniture is very common household items with style diversification, a wide range of variety so that result in hot online market. Since wood furniture are necessary household items, it will be better to buy from well-known furniture brands and household brands so as to ensure the safety and quality issue.
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