Engineered Wood Beds

Engineered Wood Beds

Do you want your furniture to be eco friendly and “green”? Well then, engineered wood is the option for you. Basically, it is man-made wood that is manufactured from derivative wood products by fixing and binding wood fibers, strands, veneer, wood boards together with industrial adhesives and other fixing material. It is considered eco friendly because it is created out of refurbished material, and requires lesser energy to manufacture. The biggest benefit of engineered wood is that it doesn’t shatter in case of a mishap; as it is made up of multiple parts it gets more resilient and is more versatile.

At Stitchwood, we have a wide variety of engineered wood products; the most prominent of them being beds. From divan beds to bunk beds, you can find it all here. And with this buying guide, you can certainly make an informed choice about engineered wood beds.

Types of Wood: Engineered wood is also called composite wood. It comes in a variety of forms. Some composites are constructed from lumber and some make use of wood from poplar trees. Since, the methods of construction involve use of resins and adhesives, composite woods are generally considered resilient and durable. However, they may not have all the natural properties of solid hardwood or softwood.

  • Plywood: The first and original form of composite wood, plywood has been around for nearly a century. Manufacturers glue together thin layers of wood called plies in alternate directions. The next step is to tamp them down, to make it more flexible and wider than lumber wood. It is resistant to swelling, shrinking, or warping. Plywood is generally used as a support wood and to give a permanent shape to the furniture.
  • Veneers and Laminates: Thin sliver of woods are called veneers, and laminates are also thin sheets of wood which are used to accentuate the furniture. Veneers are prominently used in high end furniture as it creates an interest by accentuating the wood grain. In beds, veneer wood is applied over a base; it can be made to appear as a solid piece or arranged in a pattern. Laminates are often used for kids furniture, as they can easily colored and give a glossy appeal. Laminates are smooth in texture and easy to clean.
  • Oriented Strand Board (OSL): It is one form of structural composite lumber. OSL wood contains rectangular shaped strands of wood which are arranged lengthwise, and are then laid into mats and bonded together with moisture resistant adhesives. It is cross-oriented to be stiff and is constructed in batches of huge panels with complete quality assurance.
  • Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL): This is another type of structural composite lumber. LSL wood is a favorite of the manufacturers as it’s really sturdy and has plenty of uses. It is manufactured with consistent straight grain and is resistant to warping, shrinking, or swelling. For big double beds or bunk beds, LSL beams can be used to add extra stiffness and durability to the overall structure.

Design and Care Tips:

  • Since composite wood is a rather contemporary phenomenon, most furniture available belongs to the contemporary style category. Engineered wood beds are classy and posh and will uplift the style quotient of your bedroom.
  • Engineered wood comes with a variety of finishes, like moth repellant, water and heat resistant, stain resistant and more. But, it should not be exposed to direct sunlight as that tends to fade the color of the wood.
  • Engineered wood furniture is easy to maintain. Just wipe off the dust with a damp cloth and you are good to go.
  • Since this type of wood is industrially manufactured, one must always check for any chemical usages to prevent allergies or other health related issues.