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Guide On Wood. Solid, MDF, Plywood. Clarifying Doubts

Updated: Oct 10, 2019

Types of wood: veneered, plywood, boards, laminates, solid, etc ... Are you confused with the existing wood terminologies ?. Let's see if we can answer these questions.

Many ideas are heard online, friends or acquaintances, such as, "Solid wood is superior," "Veneer lasts longer, does not deform like solid wood," "Solid wood is better for the outside." All these ideas make it unclear what wood to use or choose to decorate our home. So what is the best wood?

The quick answer is: None is better or worse than others.

Why do we answer this?

We must know in what area or where we are going to put these furniture, with which to combine them, to highlight and give more strength to these furniture, appearance and greater value and our budget. Only knowing this we can ensure which are the best woods, so we will clarify some doubts.

Solid wood

Most solid wood furniture is made of hardwoods such as Suar, Teak and Mango and with nice grain patterns, such as Cherry, Maple, Mahogany, Oak and Walnut.

Most of this furniture is irregularly shaped or  alive angles made with Indonesian, Bali and other South American wood.

Hardwoods that do not have attractive patterns such as birch and rubber are normally used to make chairs or sofa frames.

Pros of Solid Wood:

More water resistant since there is nothing to peel off and detach, they are the best and ideal for use on terraces and gardens . It can also be refurbished and made to look new again. A good solid wood furniture will last for generations. The shape and color is given by the nature of the tree, originality is the greatest gift that this type of wood can give.

Cons  of Solid Wood :

Limited designs as it can deform or crack if it becomes too thin or without properly designed brackets. The designs cannot be very creative, they are simply those that the tree itself can give us and its shape.

MDF medium density fiber board

MDF (for its acronym in  Medium Density Fiberboard ) are designed from wood processed at high temperature and pressure. This wood is heavy and solid, as well as solid wood.

Due to its manufacture it does not have wood grain, it is usually covered with a thin sheet of wood. The sheet once sanded can create sheets to give a more natural look, this type of wood is used for high quality furniture using thick sheets and resistant to scratches and water.

This type of wood is the most used in kitchens, gardens and terraces.

Pros of the MDF:

This wood is used primarily for design purposes, the MDF can be made of different thicknesses, therefore it is suitable for minimalist designs and decoration and modern furniture. It is also cheaper than solid wood and more resistant to strain deformation.

Cons of the MDF:

Unlike solid wood, they cannot be easily restored when scratched. Although the shape and shape will last, its outer appearance will not last as long. That said, a good piece can withstand external wear and tear for years if handled properly.


There are many types of plywood, we have to take into account that not all these woods are the same, so we must choose the High Density plywood made with hardwoods.This type of wood can be easily differentiated by hitting on it, producing a Sound closer to MDF and solid wood.

High density plywood is very strong and can generally withstand higher loads than solid or MDF. This type of wood is commonly used in interiors of chairs and sofas that are in sight and that may have more fortuitous blows. This type of wood can be easily shaped without losing structural strength. Therefore, it is commonly used for curved structures in furniture.

You can safely buy hard plywood furniture. Like MDF, its shape and shape will last.

Plywood Pros:

Keeps fit much better than solid and MDF. A basic material to make interesting designs that will last.

Plywood Cons:

If laminated or veneered, it cannot be reformed unlike solid wood.

Laminates and boards

We begin this section by saying, we recommend not using this type of wood.

Laminate is not really a type of wood material, the technique for making this type of wood is the bonding of layers of wood material, most commonly through a particle or plywood. Laminates should be avoided unless it is out of budget.

Pros of Laminates and boards:

It is cheap.

Cons of laminates and boards:


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