When browsing home or office furniture you might have seen the word chipboard being used. But what is chipboard furniture and why is it so common and affordable?
Chipboard, or particle is widely used to make indoor furniture, due to it's low cost and ease to design. It's also used to make flooring, kitchen countertops and other products instead of using real wood. In the construction of indoor home furniture, it can be covered with veneer or laminate, and is much less expensive than solid wood.
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Chipboard is a recycled material, making it a good fit for those looking to lower their environmental impact and save on furniture costs. It's great for indoor use where moisture is not a problem. Water and increased periods of moisture can cause swelling and deformation.
Here is a Youtube video on how some chipboard furniture is made:
Fun Facts about Chipboard or Particle Board Furniture
Since it's invention, chipboard has become the one of the widest used material for affordable furnishings, and the material has had a huge influence on furniture design as a well. But this was not always the case. In the 1950's particle board was expensive luxury, purchased by customers who didn’t want the “commonness” of real wood. It was only after the manufacturing of chipboard become more streamlined, and competition increased, that it's price started to lower. And now it's the affordable wood substitute for indoor home furniture.
Warning: Chipboard and/or Particle Board can expose you to chemicals including wood dust, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov