How is the quality of engineered beds? Are they really as good claimed? Learn the pros and cons in the following post.
If you are going to buy a bed, one of the cost-effective options you will find in the market will be beds made out of engineered wood. But, certainly, you will not make your choice unless knowing the durability, advantages, disadvantages of the furniture you’re going to bring into your home. And this blog is to help you make the right decision.
Are engineered wood beds any good?
In a simple word, the answer is NO. Engineered wood beds are not a good choice if you want to keep the bed for years to come. As they don’t have sheet strength as natural woods. Thus, always go with options teak, oak, walnut for peace of mind for years.
Engineered wood is a general term that is used for all kinds of man-made wood products, from particle board to plywood sheets, all these materials are basically engineered wood.
With a lot of methods in the industries, the material choice used in engineered wood can affect the quality of engineered wood beds.
Anyways, even if you purchase a bed of high-quality material, for example, HDF or plywood. Over time, these beds become weak, susceptible to breaking, and expand shape by absorbing moisture. Typically these beds last for four to six years at their best. But with extra maintenance, you can extend their life span to 10-15 years.
What are engineered wood “beds”?
Since we already know that the term Engineered wood refers to man-made woods or composite wood, which are a kind of wood made in factories using sawdust, wood veneers, wood grains, and other waste products.
Made by gluing these materials together after heating them to make a mixture, and then they are shaped into sheets. Thus, there can be cheaper options as well depending upon their manufacturing process.
So when you’re in the market, ask the salesman about the material before buying. To make sure you’re buying the highest quality possible as want.
Types of engineered wood beds.
Following are some common variations of engineered wood, frequently used in making beds.
- For a bed, particleboard is the worst material. Low in strength, it absorbs a large amount of moisture, anyways it costs very little which is something that makes these beds popular among buyers with low-budget. Some companies do sell beds that are made with particleboard, but they are prohibitively expensive.
- In terms of material choice for beds, MDF is better than particleboard, but it’s not recommended if you want your bed to last longer than 5 years without any hassle of repairing. Go with the material Only if you can great take care of it, mainly avoid water to spread over it, and having fun on the bed, this way it might last longer
- HDF beds are a better option than MDF beds, in terms of strength both materials may be the same. But, HDF beds are better moisture resistant and are stronger a bit. These two materials are more expensive than particleboard.
- Plywood is so far the best option for engineered wood beds. Unlike other boards, plywoods are made by putting multiple layers of real wood and then binding them together. From my experience, beds made of plywood can last for years.
Only Plywood beds are the effective and long-lasting substitute for good solid wood beds.
Pros and cons of engineered wood beds.
Following are some advantages and disadvantages of having an engineered wood bed.
- Cost-effective: One of the pros of having an engineered is their lower price tags. Made of raw wood, they cost a fraction of the price compared to solid woods.
- Aesthetic designs: You can buy any shape, design, finish in the furniture.
- Widely available: To be honest, the availability of engineered wood furniture is too high than solid wood.
- Variations in prices: You can buy the cheapest to an expensive bed through the variations these beds offer. This is not possible with solid woods, their prices mostly are the same in a region.
- Lightweight: If you want something lightweight, this furniture might fill your satisfaction.
- Absorb too much water: One of the reasons why these beds are not perfect for everyone is that they absorb too much water. So, expansion makes these beds vulnerable to breakage, unbalanced, noisy, etc.
- Low strength– These kinds of beds cannot withstand force, like jumping, hanging out something like that children often do at home. A little force will break apart the frame unless you purchase one made of plywood material.