Furniture plays an increasingly important role in our lives. when choosing furniture, What kind of material you like most? Well I guess, your answer is solid wood furniture., and make sure your budget is sufficient.

However more people are willing to choose engineered wood furniture especially under a tight budget, The first reason is engineered wood is in-expensive, affordable price, Another reason is that it is easy to maintain, unlike solid wood furniture might be crack easily after using couple of months.


Once you make decision, do you know how to judge the quality of engineered wood furniture? Some are good, some are bad, It is hard to tell by appearances. So today we bring up this topic, remember, only 5 Tips here:

Internal Bond(Tensile strength perpendicular), screw holding force, formaldehyde emission, water absorption, Edge-sealing.

I believe once you understand it, it will help you avoid unnecessary troubles. Here let’s talk about it in detail.

No 1  Internal Bond(Tensile strength perpendicular)

What is the internal bond? In one word, The internal bond (tensile strength) will decide how long your cabinet will last? Weather your cabinet will bend, shear or even break.

Generally speaking, the physical properties of the wood grown in the alpine forest area are more stable. If the tree to too young, the value of the internal bond intensity will be low, so the perfect age of the tree is about 15-30 years old.

In addition, the production process is another import factor impact the internal bond. A reasonable manufacturing process can make the wood panels structure stable and not easy to wrap and deform.


No 2  Water absorption

I believe you already got the meaning, weather your furniture is water proof or not. But no matter what type of wood board, name, brand, all wood panel contain water! If you only prefer to NON-WATER furniture, Only two material you can consider: brick/cement and stainless steel.

Actually only Kitchen room and washing room furniture you need consider water -absorption. Check with your furniture vendor, For cabinets national standards if water  absorption rate is less than 8%.


No 3  Edge-sealing process:

Check your furniture carefully, whether the edge-sealing is flat, whether there is overflowing glue, whether it is falling off, etc.


No 4  Formaldehyde emission

All countries in the world have strict regulations on the amount of formaldehyde released from wood-based panels. In previous post we have talked about it.

Global Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products


Check with your furniture vendor and make sure what you are buying is within safety limits.

Generally speaking, there is nothing wrong of buying well-known brands. Some environmentally-friendly brand plates may even exceed standard.

If some brands use unknown plates, and even the sales staff is vague and unclear about the origin of the plates, please be careful to buy them. Some bad news about formaldehyde poisoning that you have seen is generally derived from this unknown brand.

No 5  Screw holding force

The screw force is the screw that is not easy to loosen, fall off, or blast after the screw is knocked into the board.

Firstly, read the quality test report. secondly here an easy way is to joke with your Sales, Can I sit down on this? Of course, I am not telling you to do this! Although this method is not rigorous, If their product is stable enough, they will not refuse you.

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