After you have rented a place or bought the house you’ve desired so much, the one thing you need to do to fill your place with, other than love, is some good furniture. You can either go for some quality furniture, which we are sure won’t come cheap, or some old, used furniture which can save you tons of money.
Here, the latter option might be more suitable for you, especially if you are a broke student and haven’t yet started earning money. But, if you are someone who has a job and enough bank balance to buy some furniture, then you might find many options in the market.
To be honest, furniture shopping has always been a tough task for everyone. There are so many things you have no idea about like the type of wood, its shelf life and the polish required to maintain its shine, unless you come from a family of lumberjacks. But, now that you know you have to look out for so many things, you will be more concerned as to whether you are buying the right piece of furniture for your house or not.
Well speaking of making furniture, there two different types of woods that are used, that is hardwood and softwood. Hardwoods include Mahogany, Walnut, Oak, Birch, Ash, Maple, and Cherry, whereas softwoods include Pine, Cedar, Fir, Spruce and Larch. Though both types of wood are popular in the furniture industry, hardwood will cost you more as compared to softwood. But if you see the positive side, hardwood lasts for a longer duration and chances are you may even be able to pass it on to the next generation.
Nonetheless, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative, then pressboard furniture would be just what you need. Besides this, pressboard furniture also has other benefits, such as it is easy to transport and effortless to assemble and disassemble.
Apart from the advantages, it also has certain disadvantages that you need to get familiar with before making a purchase. Here we’ve mentioned a few of them:
Pressboard furniture is very weak as compared to other types of specially designed woods, like plywood. It is not thick and may get damaged easily if not handled with care. So, if you are someone who has to change houses quite frequently, make a note that pressboard furniture may not withstand the transportation process successfully and you could end up losing your hard earned money.
By reading the above point, you must have come to know that not only is it low on strength, but is also prone to damage because of humidity and moisture present in air. This is another disadvantage that puts pressboard furniture to dislike.
If you are lucky, you may get an honest opinion from a salesman or shopkeeper informing you that the piece of pressboard furniture you are about to buy will last only for two to three years (some say that their life period is for five years). Now that you know this, compare it with plywood, which will last for around good 15 to 20 years, or some solid wood furniture which will last for decades and you may even be able to pass it to your next generation.
Not able to take heavy loads
Pressboard furniture should never be used at places where a heavy load is subjected on them. As their strength is low, it is capable of taking only light load, such as being used to form a wall of cabinet. If you take the risk of putting heavy load on it, then chances are the pressboard furniture may break and the heavy load might end up injuring you, your furniture or your designer radiator if kept next to it.
Not eco friendly
As mentioned above, pressboard furniture is made up of different types of woods and small pieces glued and heated together to form a sheet. The glue used in this process is plastic resin (Phenolic Resin), the same one that’s used in the creation of attractive laminates. This is where it fails, since it is not eco friendly as solid wood furniture, which is 100% natural and of good quality.
Now that we’ve told you that cons of having pressboard furniture, the decision is yours to make, whether you’d like to buy disposable furniture, which you will use for few years and throw away later or opt for a one time investment which will last for a lifetime. Make a good one!