With the bevy of furniture materials available in today’s marketplace, it can be difficult to determine what matters, what doesn’t, and what makes the most sense for you. From plywood to plastic to particleboard to MDF, each option comes with pros and cons. We’ve rounded up a few reasons to consider choosing plywood as a long-term investment, particularly when it comes to choosing furniture for children.
Plywood is stronger than MDF and particleboard. Plywood is a "sandwich" of thin sliced layers of solid wood. These 13 thin layers are glued together into a panel, alternating the direction of the wood grain so it is stable in all directions. This not only means that it’s better suited to the rigors of children’s furniture use than MDF or particleboard, it also means that it’s more flexible when it comes to configuration and architecture. Plywood is used in construction, making it suitable for more elaborate furniture creations.
Quality & Durability
Wood is a naturally enduring product. Plywood is even more durable than solid wood, which can warp and crack with seasonal moisture changes. When you choose high-quality materials, furniture lasts longer, costing you less money and hassle in the long-run.
Put simply, wood furniture looks more polished and upscale than MDF, particleboard, and plastic pieces. Plywood’s compressed layers create edges that are physically strong, visually appealing, and can be rounded for a softer look and feel. That upscale look and feel, aesthetic versatility, and long-lasting quality result in furniture that stays with you for years.
Health and Wellness Concerns
Natural products are especially important when choosing children’s furniture. Some manufactured materials are treated with harsh chemicals, which can needlessly expose children to toxins, creating potential long-term safety concerns. We choose that plywood is formaldehyde-free, rolled with a UV-cured, VOC-free acrylic based coating, and finished with water-based, non-toxic finishes. Our products are free of stains, too: we use birch for a light wood, oak for a medium wood and walnut for a dark wood.
Plywood is made with planted trees that are replaced after they’re harvested. After a long lifecycle, plywood can be discarded with no contamination to the planet.