When it comes to choosing the material for your next hospitality furniture project, you may want to consider engineered wood. Engineered wood provides many sustainable benefits for hospitality furniture. In addition to being ecologically responsible, engineered wood can enhance the structural integrity of hospitality furniture.
What is Engineered Wood?
You may be asking yourself, what exactly is engineered wood and how does it differ from solid wood? Engineered wood is typically made from the same species as it’s solid wood counterpart. Engineered wood is made from solid wood, veneers, chips and individual fibers. These parts of the tree are reconstituted using different resins and manufacturing processes. This process produces wood that performs better and often costs less than the same dimension of solid wood.
Advantages to Engineered Woods
While wood itself is a renewable resource, engineered woods have many sustainable and environmental benefits. Most often with engineered woods, 95% of the tree is used, which is typically much more than with solid wood products.
- Highly efficient use of trees, waste can be recycled for further use
- End product is free of knots, voids, warping and other imperfections
- Consistent quality
- Lays tighter and flatter
- Higher load carrying abilities compared to solid wood
- Resins used in these products don’t produce gas
- Higher density, carbon-intense wood products sequester carbon dioxide, which results in a net negative carbon footprint
The many advantages of engineered wood make it a sustainable choice for hospitality furniture. By using nearly every part of the tree, nothing is left to rot or be burned. Using as much of the tree as possible ensure that nothing goes to waste, which is one of the hallmark principles of sustainable building practices.
At Northland, we use engineered wood to create beautiful and sustainable hospitality, senior living and dormitory furniture. Reduce material costs and your carbon footprint by choosing commercial furniture made from engineered wood. By choosing engineered wood, imperfections are avoided and quality remains consistent. Both strong advantages when it comes to hospitality furniture.