Engineered Vs Solid Wood

White French FurnitureWhite French furniture can be made from engineered and solid wood as well as a combination of both. At a first glance, there may not be any noticeable difference between furniture which is made from engineered wood and the one that is made from solid wood except in the price. So is solid wood really worth the price? Absolutely! Let's see why.

If engineered wood furniture would cost as much as furniture which is made from solid wood, there is probably no one who would not choose solid wood furniture. Despite the fact that engineered wood can look just as beautiful as the natural one, it simply does not feel the same as natural wood which reflects a special kind of warmth and creates a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Engineered wood, on the other hand, simply has no personality.

Unparalleled durability is another advantage of solid wood over the engineered one. Not that the latter is not durable and strong but it does not last longer than two decades because it is more prone to wear and tear. Solid wood furniture, on the other hand, can last a lifetime. Even more, the finest pieces are often passed through generations as a family heirloom.

Believe it or not, but solid wood furniture is often more cost efficient in the long term than furniture which is made from engineered wood due to the exceptional durability of natural wood. If you choose a timelessly elegant furniture such as white French furniture for instance, you will not need to buy new one for the rest of you life because it can withstand both the effect of time and furniture trends as the classic French elegance is always fashionable.

Choosing solid wood furniture, however, is not enough to enjoy the advantages of natural wood. First of all, it is important to keep in mind that there are several types of wood from which the furniture can be made. They can be divided into two categories – hardwood and softwood with the first one being superior to the latter. Types of hardwood such as mahogany, walnut, oak, cherry, etc. are exceptionally durable and strong. Timber from coniferous trees (softwood) can be used to make quality furniture as well but softwood is less resistant to dents and scratches. But it is also highly important how the timber is dried because the wood is prone to cracking and warping if moisture is not properly removed.

In addition to being made from quality timber which was properly dried (look for furniture which is made from kiln dried wood), the furniture should also be made according to the highest quality workmanship standards which ensure a lasting beauty, comfort, strength and durability. Although all furniture makers promise the top quality workmanship standards, you can easily see whether the quality control standards are really as high as promised by looking at the details.

The last but not the least important is to choose furniture that is made from wood which is harvested from sustainable forests and plantations. That way you will help preserve the world's forests which is crucial if we want to reverse the climate change and preserve biodiversity.