As you can see, Although solid wood is much expensive than engineered wood, there are still great demand for people to choose solid wood to decorate new house. Natural wood grow slowly and need wait long years then can be harvested, while peoples demand increase a lot, So many manufactured wood (engineered wood, synthetic wood) begin to be mass-produced and widely used to replace with solid wood, and 1 cubic of engineered wood can replace 3-5 cubic meters of natural wood are used.

annual rings of solid wood

Some consumers may not recognize the natural wood and engineered wood in the marketplace, and they are easily fooled by the business.

Here we have 3 tips to guard you how to distinguished by the following 3 aspects:

1. Grain color and texture

Check the grain color and texture is the easiest way to see difference. If the furniture surface color and texture are inconsistencies, random, and you can see a varying pattern, some have small Insect scar even not cannot totally hidden, Most probably it is solid wood, If you are still not sure, check the wood panel top and bottom grain, Solid wood grain and texture in both sides will not change. While if the furniture material is engineered wood the surface texture pattern usually are neat and regular, the color is harmonious, and the pattern tends to repeat, good looking and feels perfectly smooth.

solid wood grain texture
engineered wood texture

2. Wood edge and bottom

Take a look at the sides and underneath your piece of furniture. The edges of natural wood are not smooth and burr-like; the edges of engineered wood are smooth and straight. If there is a veneer, Engineered wood will also have a horizontal grain pattern on the edges, whereas solid wood have no grain on the edges.

3. Wood Panel thickness

The standard thickness of natural wood is 3mm, and the engineered wood can vary from 3mm to 12mm.