Introducing Curated By Universal Furniture

“Fads come and go, but Curated is a collected look that will stand the test of time.”

A Collected Look With An Eclectic Style

You know that friend who has the gorgeous chocolate brown leather jacket? She bought it in Florence 15 years ago, but every time you see it, you think it’s new. With cropped baby blue chinos, a white T-shirt and gladiator sandals, it’s a cooler version of  preppy.  With  an  ankle-grazing  skirt  and  a  hand-embroidered  Moroccan  scarf,  it’s  artsy Bohemian. Her wardrobe isn’t huge, and it certainly wasn’t bought all at once. But it doesn’t look like anyone else’s. It’s Curated.

554250B-554350-curated-whitney-bed-universal-furnitureIn  the  same  way  your  friend’s  leather  jacket  looks different  every  time  she  wears  it, Curated  by  Universal Furniture  is effortlessly  chic.  A  new  approach  to  merchandising,  Curated  helps retailers create an engaging environment that inspires its customers.

“A synergy of smart business with beautiful style, Curated takes the guesswork out of an eclectic presentation with casual and inviting combinations of exclusive introductions and top performers from our existing line,” says Jeff Scheffer, president and CEO of Universal Furniture International, Inc. “Shown separately on the retail floor, Curated offers a fresh alternative to the ubiquitous lifestyle stores, catalogs and online retailers.”

543B280B-sojourn-respite-canopy-bed-universal-furnitureEach year, Curated will introduce an array of new pieces, which will coordinate with current Universal leaders in an ever-changing, organic mix. Settings will include dining room, bedroom, home entertainment, home office, occasional and upholstery.

The enveloping Halston Bed (54″H), upholstered in Belgian linen, has a winged button-tufted headboard with nailhead trim, as well as a button-tufted footboard.
The Roxbury Nightstand (26″W x 17″D x 28″H), in elm veneers with a Graphite finish, has a planked top, single drawer and open storage area. The canted headboard and footboard of the Whitney Bed, in alder with a clear Townhouse finish, create a fresh, contemporary look. The six-drawer Newbury Drawer Dresser has a Mid-Century Modern vibe in Townhouse alder with bar hardware and an inset base with splayed tapered square feet.

552250B-A-552350-velvet-halston-bed-universal-furnitureAmong  our  favorites  this  season  is  the Rutledge Table (84″W  x  40″D  x  30″H), which combines a metal-banded oval plank top in a Greystone finish with an Oiled Bronze metal and Greystone poplar pedestal base. The Pearson Chair (20″W x 26″D x 37″H), with an upholstered seat and back in Velvet has tapered Greystone legs and decorative nail head trim on the base of the seat and the outside back. With a metal base reminiscent of a French Bistro Table, the Bistro Flip Top Table has a rectangular poplar top with an inset metal band; the sides flip down or up for use as a dining table, console or desk. The similarly styled, 32-inch square Table for 2 pairs perfectly with the oiled bronze metal Bistro Chairs (18″W x 22″D x  38″H),  which  have  the  curvy,  airy  silhouette.  The  sleek  oval Brighton Table (86″W x 40″D x 30″H), with a fancy face quartered oak veneer top in a Brownstone finish, has a spare, contemporary chrome-plated base. The Glenmore Sideboard (76″W x 19″D x 36″H), in poplar with a Greystone finish, has oiled bronze metal panels with nail head trim on the three doors, which open to reveal drawers and vertical platter storage.

572656-572A634-reunion-dining-universal-furnitureThe Mid-Century Modern Delancy Credenza (78″W x 20″D x 36″H), which doubles as a media console, is sleek and linear with three drawers and two doors in quartered oak veneers in a Brownstone finish with long chrome-plated bar hardware. Perfect for a large flat-screen TV, the open-back Danbury Console (78″W x 20″D x 30″H), in Greystone poplar, has four floating drawers with Oiled Bronze bail-pull hardware. The Emerson Console (78″W x 20″D x 34″H), in elm veneers with a Graphite finish, has four doors with planked fronts and long bar hardware; it opens to reveal adjustable wood shelves, a tray drawer, ventilation and wire management.

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The Pembroke Desk (56″W x 28″D x 30″H), with a double-X Oiled Bronze metal base, has a Greystone poplar top and three drawers, including a drop-front center drawer.

The Dorchester Round Cocktail Table (40″W x 40″D x 19″H) has a sleek Chrome-plated metal  base  and  round  quartered  oak  star-pattern  oak veneers  top  in  a  Brownstone  finish. Decorative chains add interest to the base of the Oiled Bronze rectangular Eliston Cocktail Table (52″W x 27″D x 19″H) and the similarly styled Eliston End Table (24″W x 26″D x 26″H) and Eliston Console Table (61″W x 15″D x 30″H).

Upholstery standouts include the three-over-three Prescott Sofa (81″W x 38″D x 37″H) and Prescott Armchair (30″W x 36″D x 37″H), in 100 percent cotton velvet Grey-Cloud fabric with loose seat cushions and back pillows, cap style arms, and pewter nail head trim. The coordinating exposed wood Crosspoint Chair (29″W x 37″D x 35″H), with an X-back, features premium feather-blend seat cushion and back pillow in Grey-Cloud velvet.

With a help from Universal Furniture Press

Ashley Furniture 4th of July Sale! Celebrate Independence Day with FurnitureCart.com!

Ashley Furniture is the largest furniture manufacturer in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It is also the highest selling brand in America providing high quality furniture at an outstanding value. The brand’s massive range of furniture spanning the whole interior design spectrum from modern and contemporary to classical and traditional for you to choose from. Though Ashley has been a huge importer of furniture from Asia since the 1980s, it also has continued to invest in U.S. plants, unlike many rivals. With over 50 years of innovation and experience in the furniture industry, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. has become an industry leader as a manufacturer of quality furniture products. Ashley remains committed to feeding into America’s strength as an international provider of manufactured goods.

FurnitureCart.com is the best place to shop for Ashley Furniture. Whether you are looking for Ashley Furniture sectionals, bedroom sets, dining room sets, or home office – our store has it all. At FurnitureCart, our goal is to make furniture buying as easy as possible. From our low prices and huge selection, to free shipping, we’re constantly working to make your furniture buying experience as pleasant as possible.

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Summer Decor Ideas: Sojourn Collection by Universal Furniture

It’s sipping good craft beer, listening to Spotify and laughing with friends on a candlelit patio. It’s resting your chin on top of your four-year-old’s head – which smells of grass stains and garden dirt and watermelon juice – while he looks up Ichthyosaurus on your smart phone.  It’s reading a great book, logging a great run, or taking a great nap. Because sometimes you just want to hit the pause button on the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get away.

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Sojourn Collection by Universal Furniture invites you to linger in a world apart without leaving home.  Inspired by beloved English, French, and Swedish antiques in tranquil, timeless finishes, it combines familiar forms with fresh tactile details.  Crafted of birch veneers in a lightly distressed Summer White, Sojourn features a soft Grey Lake accent finish on select pieces.  A scattering of others feature metal, and a couple of table tops have tops with interlacing fancy-face pecky pecan, cherry, and maple veneers in a casual, low sheen pecan.  Design details include such as dentil moldings, stylized bun feet, and reeded drawer fronts, as well as touches of gray linen, honed bluestone, and metal accents. Oil-rubbed antique brass ring pulls on round back plates and simple round knobs complement Sojourn’s understated finesse.

Sojourn-bedroom-universal-furnitureSojourn.  It’s a peaceful morning spent gliding across a glassy lake on a standup paddleboard.  It’s a family game of Bananagrams during an afternoon thunderstorm.  Restful in spirit, Sojourn is both relaxes and refined.  Simple silhouettes enhanced with beautiful details will remain relevant for decades to come.  It’s life’s respite – whatever that means for you.

Legacy Classic Kids Collections by Wendy Bellissimo

“We’ve really worked to make sure every piece across the Wendy Bellissimo furniture offerings has something special.”
Wendy Bellissimo

FurnitureCart introduces special Legacy Classic Kids Collections by Wendy Bellissimo: Inspirations, Big Sur and Harmony. All three collections speak directly to the heart of nursery and youth environments with designs focused on style and comfort. As a natural extension of her ability to connect with families looking to enhance their lifestyle, designer and mother Wendy Bellissimo balances the collection’s focus with pieces that easily accommodate a child’s individuality and a mother’s desire to provide an inspirational environment in which her child can grow.
“The success of last year’s launch of the Inspirations collection I believe strongly supports the idea that families want compelling options when they are decorating their homes. We’ve really worked to make sure every piece across the Wendy Bellissimo furniture offerings has something special that helps them to stand out as an amazing combination of style and value and Big Sur and Harmony each elevate this idea even further.” – said Wendy, family lifestyle designer.
As a mother and a designer, Bellissimo has extensive experience in finding the “perfect fit” for a child’s space. All pieces in the Wendy Bellissimo collections have been sized and scaled to accommodate the dimensions of a typical child or smaller bedroom.
The collections bring the fun and excitement back into shopping for children’s bedroom furniture, providing creative ways to decorate with an eclectic assortment of pieces that can be styled in multiple ways to fit any setting. Each truly live up to Wendy’s mantra of “love the way you live.”

Inspirations by Wendy Bellissimo: Was created with a versatility that allows each girl freedom of distinct personal expression. Classic styling with intricate wood turnings, inspired hardware and beautiful moldings make this collection a standout with over fifty items to choose from. Lovingly developed finishes of Morning Mist Grey and Seashell White provide an air of lived-in sophistication that will transition gracefully for years to come.

Inspirations-Wendy-Bellissimo-1Inspirations Special design elements:

  • Drawers feature positive drawer stops and side mounted, ball bearing extension guides
  • Drawer fronts are constructed with English dovetail joinery
  • Drawer interiors are sanded and stained for a finished drawer interior
  • All beds feature bolt-on rails to ensure secure attachment and to prevent rails from accidentally unhooking
  • Plywood Slat Rolls, included with every bed, create a strong foundation to support mattresses
  • Dressers, Bureaus, Chests, Desks and Nightstands include anti-tip hardware
  • All items use lead-free finishes
  • Most beds offer low and high rail positions to accommodate underbed storage and growing children

Big Sur by Wendy Bellissimo: Not leaving the boys out, Big Sur is a youth group designed to appeal to boys of all ages with a refined, rugged styling and attention to detail that is a signature trait of the Wendy Bellissimo brand, and what has made her a recognized style leader in family lifestyle products. A handsome finish and layers of frames and moldings make this collection a stand out without adding excessive weight and scale. Finessed details such as the “cross framing” motif on the beds and turned feet create a collection that moms appreciate and still appeal to the “men” of the house.

bigsur by wendy bellissimoBig Sur Special design elements:

  • The Saddle Brown finish is a warm cherry colored tone with subtle rub through, burnishing and lightly distressed edges that is truly a child-friendly finish
  • All pieces feature custom designed knobs with faux key-holes in an Oil Rubbed Bronze color for added details creating a more authentic heirloom design
  • A worn bonded leather fabric is used on the Upholstered Platform Bed

Harmony by Wendy Bellissimo:

The perfect balance between European traditional styling with today’s casual lifestyle helps create the comfortable backdrop for this collection.
Curved fronts on all the cases; delicate ogee shaped frames decorate the drawer fronts; soft rounded fluted pilasters; rounded, urn-shaped turned feet blend together to create a traditional silhouette, then mixed with a very casual Antique Linen white-painted finish, custom designed ring pulls in a matching Antique Linen tone and topped off with a touch of sophisticated glam with glass knobs, Harmony is the perfect interpretation of classic styling updated with today’s livable lifestyle.

Harmony-Wendy-BellissimoHarmony Special design elements:

  • Antique Linen White – a painted “gesso” style finishing process featuring a subtle texture that creates an authentic hand-painted design adding to the heirloom appearance
  • Fluted glass knobs and custom designed ring pulls accented in a lightly distressed white paint give a sophisticated tone on tone look to cases
  • A light natural “Tea Stain” woven fabric used as on the Upholstered Panel Bed (headboard/footboard) and also as a French Memo board used in the Desk Hutch

All three Wendy Bellissimo collections, Inspirations, Big Sur, and Harmony exemplifies Legacy Classic Kids’ longstanding commitment to producing safe and durable furniture in styles that grow well with your children and home. The combination of Wendy’s experiences as a mom and expertise in design and decor has been irreplaceable in helping Legacy Classic Kids create collections that speaks to the distinctive needs and desires of the baby and youth markets.

FurnitureCart Unveils the Hottest Brands: A.R.T. Furniture

We are pleased to announce that we have launched a new brand – ART Furniture – and are very exciting by its features and style. Like art itself,  A.R.T. Furniture is inspired by personal taste and preferences. There is no greater opportunity for personal expression than in your home, through the styles, fabrics, and finishes you choose for every piece of furniture, in every room. The A.R.T. understands that, and designs exclusive collections that are inspired by different cultures, lifestyles, neighborhoods, people, and their stories. They merge authentic design, artisan finishes, and creative fabric combinations to deliver timeless style.
A.R.T. Furniture proves its commitment to quality with every piece of furniture they offer. Extra steps are taken throughout the manufacturing process to ensure quality, beauty and durability.

Whiskey Oak Collection:

Whiskey-Oak-by-ART-Furniture-1As the hallmarks of fine bourbon and whiskey are dependent on select ingredients and aging, the Whiskey Oak Collection relies on the finest materials and artisanship to create a sense of timeworn comfort. Distinct design characteristics abound, uniquely inspired by classic architectural elements, Victorian millwork and American antiques, all thoughtfully updated for today’s home.

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Features:

  • Knotty white oak veneers and radiata solids
  • Warm, barrel oak finish, accentuated with softened hand distressing
  • Subtle “pillowed” fronts accentuated by deep-cut moldings, column pilasters with corbels, and rosette blocks
  • Custom-designed hardware featuring working bar latches, ring pulls and knobs with intricately pierced backplates
  • Dovetail drawer construction

Further enhancing Whiskey Oak’s rustic charm are honed marble, hand-hammered copper, graphic nail-head decor, and finely tailored raw linen or top-grain leather upholstery. Custom-designed hardware, featuring working bar latches, ring pulls and knobs with intricately pierced backplates, are the perfect finishing touch for this robust collection, masterfully crafted to stand the test of time.

Epicenters Williamsburg Collection:

Style has a birthplace. Indicative of the community from which it is born, style finds life in the hotbeds of cultural relevance dotting the globe, radiating to the masses a unique sense of discovery in fashion, art, design, music, and cinema. The Epicenters Williamsburg Bedroom Collection by ART Furniture is a celebration of innovative home furnishings, directly inspired by the communities that inspire the world.

223125-2302-Epicenters-Williamsburg-by-art-furniture-1Features:

  • Fine solids and veneers
  • Reclaimed Pallet finish
  • Headboard features distinctive stacked “railroad tie” design
  • Footboard features two drawers
  • Dovetail drawer construction
  • Metal frames and bases on select items

223165-2302-Epicenters-Williamsburg-Collection-by-art-furniture-2What SoHo was to art and design in the 80’s, Williamsburg is to the artists, musicians and designers of the new millennium. A mecca for indie music, art and fashion, Williamsburg is Brooklyns warehouse-turned-loft neighborhood, fiercely eclectic and brimming with vintage authenticity. Amid the sea of skinny jeans and hipster enclaves, “reclaimed” and “repurposed” best exemplify the tenets of Williamsburg style, where “one of a kind” always trumps the latest “hyped for the masses” flavor-of-the-month.

223220-2302-223202-2302-Epicenters-Williamsburg-Dining-RoomQuality and Beauty by ART Furniture:

  • Using a UV finishing process on our drawer interiors provides the smoothest and most durable finish available from any manufactures.  This ensures snag-free storage for even the most delicate hosiery and lingerie
  • Sophisticated wire management and ventilation solutions are engineered into every A.R.T. piece with media function to aid in ease of set up and to ensure the longest possible life for electronic components
  • Aromatic red cedar lining lines the bottom drawers of our bedroom storage product
  • Jewelry trays and silverware liners in key bedroom and dining pieces provide for the safe keeping of valuables
  • English dovetailing has been the standard of quality and fine craftsmanship in drawer construction for over three centuries.  All A.R.T. collections feature English dovetailing throughout, unless prohibited due to the curve of the drawer
  • Dust proofing is used on all cases with wood on wood guides to prevent dust and debris from soiling clothes and linens
  • Drawer guides – Collections developed before 2012 feature wood on wood guides which have been the standard of quality for generations of furniture craftsmen.  Modern consumers demand the ease of use and convenience of full-extension drawer guides.  In 2012, A.R.T. transitioned to full extension guides to meet this demand.  All collections from 2012 forward offer this feature

Browse for more beautiful collections at FurnitureCart and call us for the best price at (302) 265 – 3830.
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Valentines Day Furniture Gifts for Both

Surprise your soul mate with an unexpected gift this year. Consider jewelry armoires, bedroom vanities or lingerie chests and home bar sets, barstools or entertainment furniture for him. Unlike flowers and candies, furniture gifts will be enjoyed for many years. Moreover, furniture gifts are practical and useful. For instance, the American Attitude Home Bar Set by Samuel Lawrence Furniture brings a unique mix of artistry and design to home furnishings. Industrial inspiration combined with an homage to our environment, American Attitude has an authentic and natural appeal.

American-Attitude-Home-Bar-SLFAmaze her with luxury Tower Suite Collection by Legacy Classic, high-end style with multiple design features provides a functional glamour that will make her friends envious. The details do not go unnoticed. Custom designed hardware in a Champagne finish and gold color accents add a touch of bling and pop off of the luscious Pearl color of the main finish. The Tower Suite Collection provides the perfect backdrop to her trendsetting lifestyle.

Tower-Suite-Collection-Legacy-ClassicIn case you cooperate and decide to get a gift for both of you, consider our latest bedroom collections. For example, the Tower Suite Panel or Upholstered Bedrooms by Legacy Classic that would match the armoire or multi-use cabinet and offer poplar solids and birch veneers, pearl finish, marbleized pearl and gold tone accents, custom designed hardware in a Champagne finish, English dovetailed drawer construction and many other useful features. Classic designs in harmony with contemporary thinking catch up to create inspired interpretation of function and style.

Legacy-Classic-Tower-Suite-Bedroom-CollectionOr, the Pavilion Poster or Canopy Bedroom Set by ART Furniture featuring refined coastal styling with an appreciation for relaxed living. Gorgeous turnings offset reeded decor – mimicking the serene, undulating motion of calm coastal waters – traditional design elements enhancing transitional forms. Honed marble and gold-flecked antique mirror accentuate, while select cases wrapped in woven rattan with metallic accents lend an unexpected flair. Creating a sense of fine, casual living, the Pavilion collection will add warmth and luxury to any home.

Pavilion-Bedroom-Art-Furniture-1Be unpredictable, free and abounding in personal style. Share your love and show how amazing your soul mate is with a gift from the heart. Add a romantic touch to this special holiday that neither of you will ever forget.

Happy Valentine’s Day from FurnitureCart!

What are Composite / Engineered Wood Products and Replicated Wood Grain?

The terms “composite wood products” or “replicated wood grain” refer to a family of engineered wood panels that include particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and hardboard. Particleboard is made from small wood particles pressed together with glue under extreme heat and pressure to make a solid panel. MDF and Hardboard are made the same except the wood particles are further refined into individual fibers to provide a smooth edge to the panel.
In general, composite wood products turn wood waste and residuals into useful products and protect the environment. A USDA Forest Service study shows that, on average, only about 63% of a harvested tree can be used to make solid lumber. When Engineered Wood and other products are made from the remaining wood, over 95% of the tree can be saved.

Engineered Wood is the result of decades of research and development aimed at designing a structurally superior wood product for use in the construction of today’s furniture, cabinets and other home furnishings. It provides consistent, uniform strength and is free of defects. It is highly resistant to warping, cracking and splitting, and has no knots, voids or other surface imperfections.
High-end, furniture-grade medium density fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard are designed with qualities and capabilities not found in ordinary, construction-grade materials. Engineered wood is found in kitchen cabinets, furniture, mouldings and in many more applications.

How is it made?

Engineered Wood panels are made from the wood that remains after a tree is milled into lumber. This wood is cleaned and refined then combined with an ultra-strong adhesive under heat and pressure. The resulting panels are laboratory-tested to meet the stringent American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) standards for furniture-grade wood panel products.

Is it Solid and Durable?

Yes. Engineered wood is real wood in an advanced form that makes it solid and durable.

Conserving Our Forests

In years past, most of this formerly wasted wood was burned or disposed of in landfills, contributing to air pollution and reducing available landfill space. Engineered wood helps conserve our forests by reducing the total amount of trees that are harvested to meet the consumer demand for wood products.

MDF: Medium-Density Fiberboard

Medium-density fiberboard (or fibreboard) (MDF) is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is denser than plywood. It is made up of separated fibers, but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger and much more dense than normal particle board.

B325-Harlinton-Bedroom-by-AshleyComparison to natural woods:

MDF does not contain knots or rings, making it more uniform than natural woods during cutting and in service. However, MDF is not entirely isotropic, since the fibres are pressed tight together through the sheet. Like natural wood, MDF may split when woodscrews are installed without pilot holes, and MDF may be glued, doweled or laminated, but smooth-shank nails do not hold well. Typical MDF has a hard, flat, smooth surface that makes it ideal for veneering, as there is no underlying grain to telegraph through the thin veneer as with plywood. A so-called “Premium” MDF is available that features more uniform density throughout the thickness of the panel.

B446-Trinell-Bedroom-by-Ashley-FurnitureParticle Board

Particle board, or particleboard (or chipboard in the UK and Commonwealth Nations such as Australia, New Zealand and others), is an engineered wood product manufactured from wood particles, such as wood chips, sawmill shavings, or even saw dust, and a synthetic resin or other suitable binder, which is pressed and extruded. Particleboard is a composite material.

Characteristics

Particleboard is cheaper, denser and more uniform than conventional wood and plywood and is substituted for them when appearance and strength are less important than cost. However, particleboard can be made more attractive by painting or the use of wood veneers that are glued onto surfaces that will be visible. Though it is denser than conventional wood, it is the lightest and weakest type of fiberboard, except for insulation board. Medium-density fiberboard and hardboard, also called high-density fiberboard, are stronger and denser than particleboard. Different grades of particleboard have different densities, with higher density connoting greater strength and greater resistance to failure of screw fasteners.

A major disadvantage of particleboard is that it is very prone to expansion and discoloration due to moisture, particularly when it is not covered with paint or another sealer. Therefore, it is rarely used outdoors or places that have high levels of moisture, with the exception of some bathrooms, kitchens and laundries, where it is commonly used as an underlayment beneath a continuous sheet of vinyl flooring. It does, however, have some advantages when it comes to constructing the cabinet box and shelves. For example, it is well suited for attaching cabinet door hinges to the sides of frameless cabinets. Plywood has the potential to feather off in sheaves when extreme weight is placed on the hinges. In contrast, particle board holds the screws in place under similar weight. Additionally, particleboard is favored for cabinet shelves that need to span a long width (30″ or more) since it will not bow under the weight like plywood.

History and Development

Modern plywood, as an alternative to natural wood, was invented in the 19th century, but by the end of the 1940s a shortage of lumber made it difficult to manufacture plywood affordably. Particleboard was intended to be a replacement. Its inventor was Max Himmelheber of Germany. The first commercial piece was produced during World War II at a factory in Bremen, Germany. It used waste material such as planer shavings, offcuts or sawdust, hammer-milled into chips, and bound together with a phenolic resin. Hammer-milling involves smashing material into smaller and smaller pieces until they pass out through a screen. Most other early particleboard manufacturers used similar processes, though often with slightly different resins. It was found that better strength, appearance and resin economy could be achieved by using more uniform, manufactured chips. Manufacturers began processing solid birch, beech, alder, pine and spruce into consistent chips and flakes. These finer layers were then placed on the outsides of the board, with the central section composed of coarser, cheaper chips. This type of board is known as three-layer particleboard.

More recently, graded-density particleboard has also evolved. It contains particles that gradually become smaller as they get closer to the surface.

Particle board has had an enormous influence on furniture design. In the early 1950s, particle board kitchens started to come into use in furniture construction but, in many cases, it remained more expensive than solid wood. A particle board kitchen was only available to the very wealthy. Once the technology was more developed, particle board became cheaper.

In general the much lower cost of sheet goods (particle board, medium density fiberboard, and other engineered wood products) has helped to displace solid wood from many cabinetry applications.

OSB: Oriented Strand Board

Oriented Strand Board is manufactured in wide mats from cross-oriented layers of thin, rectangular wooden strips compressed and bonded together with wax and resin adhesives (95% wood, 5% wax and resin).
The layers are created by shredding the wood into strips, which are sifted and then oriented on a belt or wire cauls. The mat is made in a forming line, the layers are built up with the external layers aligned in the panel’s strength axis with internal layers cross-oriented.
The number of layers placed is determined partly by the thickness of the panel but is limited by the equipment installed at the manufacturing site. However individual layers can also vary in thickness to give different finished panel thicknesses (typically, a 15 cm layer will produce a 15 mm panel thickness).
The mat is placed in a thermal press to compress the flakes and bond them by heat activation and curing of the resin that has been coated on the flakes. Individual panels are then cut from the mats into finished sizes.
Most of the world’s OSB is made in the United States and Canada in large production facilities. The largest production facilities can make over a billion square feet of OSB per day.
Different qualities in terms of thickness, panel size, strength, and rigidity can be imparted to the OSB by changes in the manufacturing process. OSB panels have no internal gaps or voids, and are water-resistant, although they do require additional membranes to achieve impermeability to water and are not recommended for exterior use. The finished product has similar properties to plywood, but is uniform and cheaper. When tested to failure, OSB has a greater load bearing capacity than milled wood panels. It has replaced plywood in many environments, especially the North American structural panel market. The most common uses are as Sheathing in walls, floors, and roofs.

oriented-strand-board-furnitureSo, how are composite wood products good for environment?

  • Composite wood products are among the most environmentally responsible building materials available today
  • They are typically made from recycled and recovered wood waste that that wood otherwise be burned or thrown into a landfill, so they allow to to make better use of our valuable natural wood resources and optimal use of each tree
  • They reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming by locking up the carbon dioxide naturally removed from the air by trees during their growing cycle

Besides the environmental attributes, what are the benefits of using composite wood products?

  • Durability: Composite wood products provide solid, uniform strength that is highly resistant to warping, cracking and splitting
  • Quality: The smooth surface composite wood panels offer is critical for today’s decorative surfaces
  • Versatility: Composite wood products are engineered to meet specific customer performance requirements
  • Workability: Composite wood products can be easily shaped and moulded into almost any design
  • Consistency: Composite wood panels are free from the defects and imperfections that may be found in other wood products. Because each panel is uniform and consistent, the products made with composite wood panels are of the same high quality
  • Value: Composite wood products typically cost much less than their solid wood counterparts. That means you get a product that provides superior performance at an affordable price!

Quality products that are easy to use and easy on the environment—it’s clear that composite wood products are the natural choice!

Source: Ashley Furniture