What to look for in Wood Furniture?


Firstly, let’s take a look at the different wood types that are used to build furniture: Hardwood, Softwood and Engineered Wood.

#Why? The wood type that is used is one of main factor that determine how long your furniture will last, and how it will fare with age.


  • Hardwood:

Walnut, Oak, Birch, Ash, Mahogany, Teak, Cherry, Poplar, Maple and etc.

Hardwood is the real deal; it is gorgeous and, depending on the type of wood, can add considerable value to your home.

Ashwood is a white to pale brown wood with obvious and pretty grains. It’s one of the hardest hardwood and it takes stain quite nicely, but ash is getting harder and harder to find, only available from larger lumberyards. This is also why we use solid ashwood to customise our range of furniture.

  • Softwood:

Pine, Cedar, Fir, Redwood and etc.

(Guess there’s not a need to go in depth on this. Especially for those meatballs lovers, because you know them best.)

  • Engineered Wood:

Plywood, MDF (with veneer/laminate surface layer) and etc.

With veneered particleboard, the veneer may begin to fall off, the edges may show, and if any moisture gets into the core, the particleboard will warp. What’s next? You probably can get started on shopping for new furniture again.

solid wood furniture


So why choose solid hardwood furniture over softwood and engineered wood?

In our modern interiors, wood is one of the most versatile building materials. Over the years we have combined it with slate, cloth and glass to suit our different interior themes. It is important to pick the correct wood that our furniture will be made of. Wood strengths and weight vary greatly by species.

Over at etch&bolts, we use only solid hardwood for our customisable furniture. And here’s why:

  • Durability

Solid wood furniture is designed to last. Most of the furniture that are readily available are made of veneer or laminate on MDF boards. They do not offer the durability that hardwood can offer as the grains of hardwood are usually closer.

One of the most easily misunderstood hardwood would be the Solid Birch. Pale in colour and without defined grains, people have often mistaken it as softwood. In fact, it is one of hardest to scratch. Over at etch&bolts, we know it is not appealing to the eyes but we still value its sturdiness. We have thus decided to use it for all of our sofas’ inner frame structure. Our inner frame structures are built to withstand those days you have decided to slump yourself on the couch when you get back from work or those days you decided to be a couch potato and have NetFlix as your bestfriend.

  • Gorgeous Natural Look

With the natural wood furniture in place, they expose the natural wood’s grain and organic characteristics. Definitely an easy way to give your interior an unique style. Let these statement pieces be the talking point of your guests.

The most beautiful thing about it is that each piece is unique and no two are the same.

And if you are into live edge wood cut, check out these new American Walnut Wood Slab pieces here.


  • Low Maintenance

Let’s not hide the beauty of the better-looking hardwood. With those sexy grain rings or lines running through the wood, they usually have varnish to seal their beauty. These sealed surfaces allows you admire the grains but also does not allow dust/germ/debris/water to be trapped. It really just needs a wipe and you really don’t have to rush for the cloth every time water is spilled or you ran out of coasters.

  • Value for money in the long-term

All furniture will age and receive hard knocks. The good thing about solid wood furniture would be, they can be sanded down and refinished, and it just takes a few hours for your furniture look brand new again! This gives it the edge over any other wood type. The humid conditions of Singapore will wear the glue and pressed wood eventually. Instead of buying a new table every two years, why not invest in something that could last longer. It is more eco-friendly as well.

  • Flexibility

We can modify the furniture anytime we want it. We can also put it inside or outside the house or building. It will just fit the space and look great all the time.



Here’s another guide for you on how to judge a sofa for quality.