Solid Wood Furniture
Well-built, solid wood furniture is incredibly durable and designed to last for generations. It can withstand the wear and tear that comes from daily use and often requires minimal maintenance. Throughout the generations, if a solid wood piece does start to show its’ age, it can be beautifully restored. Due to the durability, solid wood can be refinished. The same can’t often be said for other furniture choices.
There is also a major benefit in the sustainability factor of buying furniture from a company who uses ethical sources for their building materials. While plastics and veneers can be heavily processed and filled with chemicals, solid wood can be sourced from replenishing legal forests and manufactured in a way that is much more natural.
That being said, the problem lies with what is underneath the veneer. Many manufactures use a combination of MDF, particleboard and other materials as the core of their furniture. MDF is an acronym for Medium Density Fiberboard. Technically, MDF contains a mixture of wood, chemicals, and wax bonded together under high temperatures and high pressure to create a uniform wood-like product that is far cheaper than real wood. In layman terms, MDF is sawdust held together with glue.. While this core makes them lighter and easier to manage, it also makes them more susceptible to damage that often cannot be repaired. Rotting and fungus infection is another common problem when the MDF is in constant contact with moisture or the humidity in the environment is too high.
Another point to note is that much MDF is manufactured using formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. Cutting, sanding, or releasing particles of MDF into the air might be a high risk and should be avoided. If the furniture isn’t properly sealed, the MDF materials can leak formaldehyde for years, pumping it into very space that you and your family is living in.
While lower-end choices may have a smaller price tag, the problem remains that much like many other products, cheaper options can result in some sacrificed quality. What you save in the short term may end up costing you more in the future when pieces need to be replaced.
As mentioned earlier on, Collectif Designs is set up to provide quality solid wood furniture at the most reasonable price in Singapore. Our solid wood furniture might even be cheaper than the veneered or laminated pieces in the market.