I was looking for a bedroom set (Sleigh bed, armoire, night table and a
dresses) and I was informed from a Canadian company (Geovin) that their
furniture is constructed from maple solids and birch veneers on MDF. I
was doing some research and it seems that solid wood is out of my price
range and quite uncommon in today's day-and-age.
I was wondering A) if anyone is familiar with the company Geovin and
their products and B) if anyone can tell me about the pros and cons
with MDF (specifically with regard to bedroom furniture)?
We were quoted from aproximatly $3,700 canadian to $4,300 U.S. Is this
too much for such quality?
Thanks a lot,
On 21 Apr 2005 18:13:54 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'm not familiar with the company, but there is nothing inherantly
wrong with MDF. On the "pro" side, it's dimensionally stable and
pretty strong- it is as attractive as the veneer that is on it. On
the "con" side, it's heavier than plywood, and it produces a hell of a
lot of dust when you cut it.
Sounds like way too much to me, but I'd just make it myself anyway.
If you can't make it, then who know how much it's worth to you?
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
The purists will tell you that anything made of MDF is automatically
substandard crap. The engineers will tell you that it's an excellent
material for many purposes, and an underlayment for veneer is one of them.
Personally I've got a Danish bed is veneer and trim on MDF that I've had for
over 25 years and through several moves and it's still holding up fine, but
it's clearly designed so that the teak is doing the things that teak does
good and the MDF is doing the things that MDF does good and it ends up
quite satisfactory. It all gets down to design--if it's designed so that
it uses the good qualities of MDF and works around its weaknesses then it
should be fine. In the price range you're talking I would expect that to
have been done.
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