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!

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How To Configure the Kerridon – Putty Sectional by BenchCraft

Wonder how to arrange the Kerridon Putty Modular Sectional by BenchCraft in your room? With our visual guide it would be easier to plan your space. The collection consists of 10 pieces that can be arranged in at least 11 ways! The Kerridon is designed with adaptive configuration options, it can be arranged as small or large sectional, with either chaise or cuddler.

26300-Kerridon-Modular-Sectional-1A breath of fresh air, Kerridon’s brightly colored accents bring beige to life. Polyester upholstery covers sturdy frames. Exposed feet with faux wood finish. Curvy Charles of London arms stand out against the clean, straight lines. Corner chaise, loveseat, armless chair, cuddler and wedge include decorative pillows with feather inserts and hidden zippers. UltraPlush loose seat cushions remain loftier longer thanks to two layers of cushioned comfort: high-density foam core encased in thick polyfill. Accent chair has a colorful Jacobean-print upholstery and tapered legs. Ottoman has storage beneath the removable seat.

Configuration Options:

26300-Kerridon-Config-OptionsUltraPlush Cushions are constructed of high density foam cushion cores encased in a pocketed poly/cotton blend jacket for increased comfort. Style features Small Toss Pillows with Feather Inserts and Large Toss Pillows with Blended Feather Insert. All pillows have Hidden Zippers. Frame constructions have been rigorously tested to simulate the home and transportation environments for improved durability. Corners are glued, blocked and stapled. Seats and back spring rails are cut from 7/8″ hardwood. Stripes and patterns are match cut. All fabrics are pre-approved for wearability and durability against AHFA standards.

Compliment this sectional with occasional tables such as Tallenfield (T744) or Roddinton (T861) Collections by Ashley Furniture for a complete look.

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What is Leather and Why Leather Furniture is so Popular?

Nowadays, leather products are very popular and it comes in a variety of colors and a range of styles from timeless traditional to avant-garde contemporary. Leather is a natural product which is made from tanned animal’s skin. It’s very flexible and durable material, which is used in process of making different things – clothing, leather wallpaper and as a furniture covering. Above all, leather is made from different cows because of their size, availability, and exclusive quality of leather. However, depending on the main purpose of use, leather is also usually taken from pigs, sheep, deer, horses, and kangaroos. Moreover, some of the exotic leathers come from alligators, ostriches, elephants, snakes, frogs, and stingrays.

Yosemite-Leather-Living Room-Steve-SilverAs leather is a natural material, so it’s the best choice to make comfort in your living or other rooms. Like other natural materials as wood or stone, leather has individual and unique features. It’s also the best choice for those who are dust-sensitive or possess allergic conditions. There are some reasons why people choose to buy leather products. Firstly, of course, people buy such products because they need to sit on something like chair or sofa. Secondly, because of the good material’s quality, it’s not necessary to have some special solvents or cleaners or even expensive procedures. Thirdly, leather can “breathe”, it means that it has an excellent temperature adaptation making it comfortable during the summer and cold of the winter and it recognizes body temperature rapidly, so you feel comfort at first onset you sit on. And finally the last reason is that leather gives you an opportunity of self actualization. For example, it creates warm and comfortable environment for friends and your family and at the same time it impresses other people, so you feel this power inside. Also, the leather is naturally flame resistant and won’t easily burn or melt. Thus, leather has properties which can make it superior to other upholstery materials.

625-Italian-Leather-sectional-jnmfurnitureIn summary, the leather provides an economical approach to get upholstered furniture. There are many styles and types of leather, for instance leather match or bonded leather (see the difference). This aspect allows everybody to obtain the pleasure of owning leather furniture by offering affordable yet varying price ranges for all types of people.

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How To Fit The Lonsdale Barley Sectional by BenchCraft

Wonder how to arrange the Lonsdale Barley Modular Sectional by BenchCraft in your room? With our visual guide it would be easier to plan your space. The collection consists of 10 pieces that can be arranged in at least 18 ways! The best part of the Lonsdale is that it have been designed as modular sectional with adaptive configuration options, fitting into any living room with ample comfortable seating for everyone.

92111-Lonsdale-Barley-Sectional-BenchCraftItems in Lonsdale Series:
9211111 – Ottoman With Storage:                     41.00″ W x 41.00″ D x 20.00″ H;   9211155 – Left Arm Facing Loveseat:          73.00″ W x 39.00″ D x 41.00″ H
9211116 – Left Arm Facing Corner Chaise:     42.00″ W x 68.00″ D x 41.00″ H;   9211156 – Right Arm Facing Loveseat:       73.00″ W x 39.00″ D x 41.00″ H
9211117 – Right Arm Facing Corner Chaise:   42.00″ W x 68.00″ D x 41.00″ H;   9211175 – Right Arm Facing Cuddler:         61.00″ W x 47.00″ D x 41.00″ H
9211134 – Armless Loveseat:                              61.00″ W x 39.00″ D x 41.00″ H;   9211176 – Left Arm Facing Cuddler:            61.00″ W x 47.00″ D x 41.00″ H
9211177 – Wedge:                                                  39.00″ W x 39.00″ D x 41.00″ H;   9211199 – Armless Sofa:                                 91.00″ W x 39.00″ D x 40.50″ H

Configuration Options:

Lansdale-Configuration-OptionsStyle features flared arms and welting details along with reversible cushions constructed of multiple layers of high quality foam wrapped with low melt fiber. Frame constructions have been rigorously tested to simulate the home and transportation environments for improved durability. Corners are glued, blocked and stapled.
Compliment this sectional with occasional tables such as Dinelli (T801) or Marion (T477) Collections by Signature Design for a complete look, or browse within FurnitureCart catalog, to find endless materials, finishes, and options that will help you tap into the lifestyle you’re seeking.

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Fairplay DuraBlend Mahogany Sectional Measurements

Take a seat and feel the comfort of Fairplay DuraBlend Mahogany Sectional by Ashley Furniture that provides affordable luxury at an economical price. The sleek contemporary design features comfort and style that fit within any living room decor. Rich finished tapered feet and detailed stitching enhance the beauty and comfort of your home. Plus, plush pillow backs and supporting seating cushions ensure the relaxation for the whole body.
Durablend is an exclusive trademarked brand for Ashley Furniture and consists of blended leather or particles of leather adhered together with a coating of polyurethane. Contents: 17% Leather, 57% Polyurethane and 26% Poly/Cotton. It provides the look and feel of 100% Leather or Leather Match at an affordable price.

44800-fairplay-durablend-sectionalFairplay Measurements:
4480008 – Oversized Accent Ottoman: 52.00″ W x 30.00″ D x 20.00″ H
4480016 – Left Arm Facing Corner Chaise: 38.00″ W x 84.00″ D x 36.00″ H
4480017 – Right Arm Facing Corner Chaise: 38.00″ W x 84.00″ D x 36.00″ H
4480066 – Left Arm Facing Sofa: 81.00″ W x 38.00″ D x 36.00″ H
4480067 – Right Arm Facing Sofa: 81.00″ W x 38.00″ D x 36.00″ H

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Features:

  • Frame constructions have been tested with various equipment to simulate the home and transportation environments to insure durability
  • Corners are glued, blocked and stapled
  • Seats and back spring rails are cut from 7/8″ hardwood
  • Stripes and patterns are match cut
  • All fabrics are pre-approved for wearability and durability against AHFA standards
  • Cushion cores are constructed of low melt fiber wrapped over high quality foam
  • DuraBlend Fabric Content: 57% polyurethane, 26% poly cotton, 17% leather

This Sectional can be configured as a left or right facing:

44800-fairplay-durablend-optionsCompliment it with occasional tables, lamps, rugs or wall art for a complete look. Also, don’t forget to check Top 10 inspiring ideas at FurnitureCart.

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The Hobokin Modular Sectional Configuration Options Review

Despite the fact the Hobokin Living Room Sectional by Ashley Furniture consist only of three modular pieces: oversized accent ottoman, armless chair and corner chair, the configurations options it offers – are unlimited. Plus, the two-tone contemporary style and soft upholstery fabric, surrounding the tufted seats and backs, bring fashion and comfort to your home. The UltraPlush Comfort Seating offers ultimate comfort and support. Individually pocketed cushion jackets with conjugated fiber sewn pockets for even fiber distribution create luxurious plush seating. The 2.0 High Resiliency cushion core retains support, provides extended durability and better rebound properties. In addition, the Hobokin is made with TB117 flame retardant foam.

10601-Hobokin-Ashley-SectionalThe Hobokin Sectional consist of:
1060108 – Oversized Accent Ottoman: 38.00″ W x 38.00″ D x 20.00″ H
1060146 – Armless Chair: 38″ W x 39″ D x 37″ H
Top of back to floor 30″
Seat height 20″
Seat depth 23.5″
1060151 – Corner Chair: 38.00″ W x 39.00″ D x 37.00″ H

With the following arrangement examples:

10601-Configuration-OptionsFrames and Cushion Features:

  • Air Dried Hardwood and Plywood
  • Hardwood can be found on all the critical frame components, known as stress points
  • Industrial Grade Laminates
  • Laminate construction adds additional strength as well as design features
  • Cushion casings are engineered with zippered access, ability to flip or replace the cushion core easily
  • Single Sided Cushions offer a “Non-Slip” Velcro design
  • Standard cushion cores are made from 1.8 lb density foam
  • Blended fiber wrap on both sides help distribute weight and add comfort
  • Similarly priced competition known to use reclaimed fiber

Compliment this contemporary sectional with Kishore T594 or Larimer T654 Occasional Table Collections, or other accent tables for perfect coffee time. Get more ideas from FurnitureCart’s Top 10 favorite sectionals or our online catalog to find more options.

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Bring Accessibility and Comfort to Kids Bedroom with Ashley Furniture

Before buying a kid’s bedroom furniture, it is a good idea to set design objectives. They should be as specific as possible. For example, accessibility, comfort, beauty, durability, etc. Accessibility is one of the major factors to consider when designing a room for a child. Drawer pulls, door knobs and handles that can be grasped by small hands are excellent features. Drawers that are light enough to pull out, doors that open without much effort and modern built-in features such as USB charger will give a child the ability to use the room without frustration.
Then, the comfort of the bed deserves special attention. Beds should be easy to get up on and mattresses should provide the right combination of surface softness and deep support. The right mattress allows the child’s spine to maintain proper alignment and reduces pressure points which cut off circulation.
Consider the following bedrooms by Ashley Furniture that might fit your design objectives:

The Dexifield Youth Bedroom Collection by Signature Design

B298-Dexifield-BedroomDexifield Features:

  • Contemporary style
  • Light brown finish over replicated Elm grain
  • Dark bronze color metal accents & hardware
  • Faux metal framing accent mirror and dressing chest
  • Dressing chest with a slider door reveals open storage with adjustable shelves & five drawers
  • Slim profile dual USB charger located on back of the nightstand top
  • Side roller glides
  • Full case bottom supported by metal feet

The Ladiville Youth Bedroom Collection by Signature Design

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Ladiville Features:

  • Vintage Casual Style
  • Veneer & hardware solids in a rustic brown finish
  • Saw distress effect detail on pilasters
  • Planked & chisel distress effect on case tops & panels
  • Framed doors on dresser & chest
  • Oil rubbed bronze colored hardware
  • Sanded & sealed drawer boxes with ball bearing full extension drawer glides
  • Bunk beds can be set up individually

For more comfort, place an area rug, it unifies the room and protects from cold feet. Also, don’t forget about proper lighting to facilitate play and study.
A child’s room can be more than just a bedroom. A well designed room should have areas to learn, play and socialize. Allow your child to design his or her living space, browse FurnitureCart’s online catalog including Top 10 Favorite Kids Bedroom Collections together, to find what you need.