Since the time the first engineered wood (plywood) was discovered & widely made available in the market for making wooden furniture, the debate on the merits of engineered wood furniture vs solid wood furniture rages on.
It’s a critical decision for interior designers, architects, furniture wholesalers, store owners & commercial business owners with bulk furniture requirements..
However, the answer to this question is far too nuanced for any single blog post to cover, particularly because;
- Individual biases will always creep in
- The perceived value of any one of the furniture types can change depending on the requirements, application, etc
To give you an example, one of the biggest merits of engineered wood furniture is touted to be its ability to withstand moisture and pest.While there is some truth to this claim, there are several solid wood species like teakwood that naturally offer resistance to moisture.Conversely, cheaply made engineered wood types do not offer water resistance and some do so by blending toxic compounds and low-cost adhesives which is sub-optimal.
But we’ll try and upload you with as much information as possible so that you’re equipped enough to undertake an independent study if the post does not clarify your questions.
Let’s cover the standard nerdy definitions of the two first.