Haven’t you been occupied by uncertainties when it comes to furnishing your house? If yes, you’re not the only one! It’s basically because there are so many aspects to consider while choosing the right set of furniture for your house; the material of the furniture, its dimensions, the looks and most importantly – its cost.

It’s easy to get confused among the materials used to build furniture. And why shouldn’t a person be confused? There are various types of wood and other materials that are used to build a furniture, each carrying a different durability. But you can make it easier by prioritizing and using some factors as a measure to select the perfect furniture.

Before we begin, let us understand the types and quality of material which are generally used to build furniture, so that it would be easier for you to relate and know what’s best for you.

Solid Wood
Solid wood is a type of wood that is freshly cut of a tree. It contains wood fibers throughout the piece of lumber. Solid wood is often used for furniture, construction, cabinetry, and flooring due to its high durability. Solid wood is easier to repair than veneers or other engineered woods in which adhesives are used to create the woodwork, which is one reason that it is used for many types of projects. There are several types of solid wood available so woodworkers, cabinetmakers, and carpenters can choose from a wide range of selection for their projects. Each type of solid wood has its own characteristics, including its grain pattern, color, and texture. Some examples of the solid hardwood are Sheesham, Teak, Oak, Pine, etc.

Engineered Wood
Also known as the man-made wood or manufactured wood, engineered woods are of those types that are made by fixing strands, particles, fibers and other materials using adhesive. These engineered boards are constructed to meet a particular design specification and are tested under national and international standards. Engineered boards are further classified into these major categories – Plywood, Medium Density Fibreboard(MDF) and Particle Board(LDF).

Often known as the “Original Engineered Wood”, this is structural panel wood. It is manufactured by layering sheets and veneers of odd numbers under heat and pressure using adhesive. Since it is made by the layering of sheets, it is highly resistant to bending. So, we can say that the thickness of the board is directly proportional to its bending resistance. It is used in places where there is a requirement of high quality and strength of sheet material. Quality here is defined as the resistance offered to crack, breakage and shrinkage of the board.

This is a type of Engineered Wood made by breaking solid hardwood or softwood into wood fibers and later combining it with wax and a resin binder. It is made into panels using intense heat and pressure. As the name suggests, the board is much denser and stronger than particle board. MDF consists of 82% wood fiber, 9% resin glue, 8% water and 1% paraffin wax.
Because of its strong surface and low moisture retention capacity, it is mostly used in making furniture such as wardrobes and cabinets.

Particle Board
It is also known as chipboard. This type of engineered wood is made using wood chips, sawmill shavings, and sawdust. These are combined with resin glue or any other binder which is suitable. It is less dense than MDF and particle board but also a lot cheaper and thus it is used as an alternative to MDF when cost plays an important role.

Wrought Iron
Wrought Iron is an alloy of iron and carbon. There is less than 0.08% of carbon content mixed with iron to create the wrought iron. It is hammered in the heat to forge it into the required shape thus giving it a beautiful design and structure for furniture manufacturing. Wrought irons are overlaid with a paint job to give the furniture a classy look and finish. When it comes to advantages of wrought iron, it has high durability, strength, and longevity.

Steel is also an alloy of iron and carbon but the carbon content it contains is up to 2.14%. It has high tensile strength but is overshadowed by wrought iron when it comes to longevity and durability.


Now let’s see what are the factors that can become the deciding factor when it comes to choosing a furniture.

The Material, Cost And Duration of Stay
Considering the material of furniture is very important. As described above, the material of the product defines the durability, life and the looks of the furniture.

For example, a bed crafted from solid wood offers a longer life and premium look than compared to the one made of particle board. But then again, it also takes a toll on pockets. Solid wood is heavy, comes at a high premium but stays true to its sturdiness and elegance.

Considering the duration of your stay in a particular house/city, you must know that longer the duration, the more durable the furniture needs to be. Solid wood, wrought iron, and steel beds offer durability for 5 years and plus. Material such as MDF and particleboard are preferred for furniture that’ll experience lesser movement or load, such as tables, bookshelves and side tables. Due to the materials’ relatively much lower cost, such furniture can be availed well under the budgets.

And if you are really conscious about the pricing, renting could be the optimal solution for you. You can choose a furniture from economy to premium ranges and afford it without a sweat by paying a monthly rental price and later opting to swap, return or buy anytime you decide.


Solid Wood furniture offered by GrabOnRent.com on Rent. Link


The Spaciousness of House & Size of The Furniture
Now you must be thinking that this is one of those obvious points. One cannot fit a larger than required furniture in the house. Well, size is not the only factor that can alter the looks and spaciousness of your house. Let me give you an example. There are Convertibles which can be folded and transformed depending on the need of the user. Convertible furniture can be a sofa cum bed, a study table cum dining table, or just a center table with adjustable height. Save space, save money. Isn’t it a smarter way of furnishing a house?

Since convertible furniture is subject to alteration, these types of furniture are made mostly using engineered wood like particle board or MDF.

Convertible Furniture offered by GrabOnRent.com on Rent. Link


Expectancy of Visitors
Shouldn’t one consider the visitor expectancy of one’s house? If you have a high guest expectancy, you must have those super-comfy sofa sets that make a classy impression. You might also have to keep a Diwan for that extra seating capacity.

For example, if you are inviting your boss or a group of peer housewives, you would want them to notice your taste in furnishing, don’t you? Premium feel fabrics define the elegance of a sofa set whereas the quality of wood (or a combination with glass top) defines looks of a dining table.

But let’s say that if your guests are your friends who occasionally come over to crash at your place or have a game night, you can probably get some beanbags, a sofa cum bed made of particle board or metal structure for them to stay overnight.


A rexine fabric sofa offered by GrabOnRent.com on Rent. Link

Note: The points mentioned above may vary from person to person on the basis of their preference. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

We hope such tips bring your anxiety down and help you choose the furniture with better know-how.

Remember, buying also has an alternative. You can always choose to rent furniture instead of buying it or taking it on EMI. Renting comes with additional perks such as when you don’t feel the furniture is a perfect fit, you can choose to return it and swap with a different one; if you have to relocate, you get free relocation service, a super quick delivery with installation, and a hassle-free no-cost maintenance of the furniture. Well, you surely don’t get these benefits when you buy it. So when you are looking to furnish your home, save money, take advantages of the discounts/benefits and go GrabOnRent!


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