There are so many types of furniture to choose from, but for many people, wood is still a top choice. Wooden furniture never goes out of style, and usually has the strength that will survive for a long time.
While you are choosing a wooden furniture, it is important to note that aside from different designs and different shades, wooden furniture can also be categorized into two types – depending on the wood type used in making them: solid wood or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) wood.
Solid wood is made directly from natural wood. Oak, Mahogany, Pine, and Maple are just some of the most common wood types used for furniture making. Many prefer solid wood because of its unmatched durability and longevity. Most solid wood furniture also requires low maintenance.
The downside to solid wood is that it can be extremely expensive. Aside from that, since solid wood is made from a purely natural material, you can expect it to react the way natural wood will – it will be affected by temperature, it might shrink or expand. It can also be affected by natural elements such as decay.
MDF wood is made from wood materials all combined together to make engineered wood fibers that will eventually appear like wood. Overall, furniture made from MDF wood is not as expensive as pieces made from solid wood. MDF furniture is also recyclable and sturdy.
The disadvantages of furniture made with MDF wood include being vulnerable to water and the need for constant re-polishing to maintain its excellent condition.
There’s something special in each type of wooden furniture. At the end of the day, you can go for solid wood if you have a thing for keeping things genuine, if you want something that requires low upkeep, and if you have the budget for it. You can choose MDF wood if you want something that’s more affordable and is good for the environment.