In recent years, engineered wood has progressively gained recognition and acceptance as a material for use in a variety of applications. Among them, melamine plywood appears to have the greatest potential to replace solid wood in the furniture industry, with numerous significant benefits. So, how do you choose the best wood panel for furniture? Here are some guidelines for selecting melamine boards for furniture making.
Advantages of using melamine plywood in the interior
Melamine plywood is an engineered material with a core of plywood that is widely used in interior. This type of board consists of many thin, 1.7mm-thick veneer sheets piled on top of each other, covered on the surface with a layer of melamine decorative paper, and bonded together with specialized glues like UF, MUF…
Melamine panel’s unique structure offers a variety of noteworthy advantages, and customers trust it to be used in interior items.
High-quality plywood has a more reasonable price than natural wood products. Compared to other types of engineered wood, plywood is a kind of material with a relatively high price. However, this type of board has many pros, overcoming some drawbacks of natural wood with a number of advantages such as termite restriction, waterproofing, and warping. In addition, plywood furniture is strong, reusable, and has a long lifespan, all of which helps consumers save money.
Easy to transport and construct
Melamine plywood was dried during the manufacturing process to make the completed product lightweight. Furthermore, this engineered wood has exceptional screw adhesion capabilities and works well with a wide range of machinery. As a result, transportation and furniture manufacturing are simplified, allowing customers to save time, effort, and money.
Melamine panels are produced with a standard size of 1220mm x 2440mm and diverse thicknesses, making them suitable for a wide range of interior projects. Besides, the synchronization of colors and patterns makes it simpler for customers to find replacement materials when they encounter problems or damage. This will ensure harmony for the whole living space.
Satisfies large-sized furniture
As mentioned above, the usual sizes of high-quality plywood are quite large, and ADX Plywood can produce oversized boards depending on customer requests. That’s why melamine-faced plywood can be used in the production of large-sized interior products like wall panels, partitions, meeting tables, large dining tables, etc.
Melamine is an artificial paper layer used to cover the surface of many types of engineered wood with a variety of colors and textures: stone grain, wood grain, or monochrome. Melamine plywood fully inherits this advantage, ensuring both quality and aesthetics for interior products. Thanks to the advantages of a diverse coating surface, the board can meet any interior style, from classic to modern.
With the increasing demand, natural wood is gradually becoming rare due to over-exploitation, which has an impact on the ecosystem. Because the majority of input materials are made from harvested forest timber that has been planted and granted a permit, engineered wood is more frequently used. Currently, ADX Plywood has its own production plant with nearly 28,000 hectares of planted forests to meet the needs of customers without affecting the natural environment.
Formaldehyde is an indispensable ingredient in most wood glues. This substance can affect human health if exposed to a large amount. However, customers shouldn’t worry too much, as there are currently several guidelines that have already been established to limit formaldehyde emissions. Depending on each business, they will follow their own rules and standards to ensure the health of manufacturers and users.
Standards for choosing melamine plywood
To be able to choose the right product for your needs while ensuring health, customers should carefully learn about the characteristics and standards of products made from melamine plywood.
Types of glue
Glue is an important component that helps bond the layers of boards, determining the strength, waterproofness, and moisture-resistant capacity of melamine faced plywood. Currently, there are 3 types of glue commonly used in the manufacturing of wood industrial; customers can select the appropriate board based on their needs.
- UF – Urea Formaldehyde: This glue is synthesized from the reaction of Urea and Formalin, giving melamine sheets good bonding properties. It is often applied to home and office interior products. However, its waterproofing is inadequate, thus it is critical to limit frequent contact with humid environments to ensure the product’s longevity.
- MUF – Melamine Urea Formaldehyde: This is a glue that is melamine added in the thermal reaction of Urea and Formalin, overcoming the inadequate water resistance of UF. As a result, melamine plywood products using this glue can be utilized in damp environments like bathrooms and kitchens, etc.
- PF – Phenol Formaldehyde: produced through a thermal reaction between Phenol and Formaldehyde in an alkaline environment. Currently, this is the type of glue with the best waterproofing and adhesion, used for both exterior and interior projects.
Formaldehyde emission levels
Consumer health is always a priority, especially in the plywood furniture industry. As a result, paying attention to formaldehyde emissions is essential while selecting furniture materials. Currently, countries that use engineered wood boards have adopted a variety of standards to regulate the concentration of this material in the atmosphere.
|Standard||Limitation of formaldehyde emission||Applicable countries|
|E0/ F***||0.07ppm||Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and West Asia|
|E2||0.38 ppm||Southeast Asia, North Africa|
|Carb P1||0.18 ppm||America, Canada, and Europe|
|Carb P2||0.05 ppm|
With the need to use melamine furniture in climates with high humidity and regular contact with water, customers need to pay attention to water resistance. The boiling resistance level is applied to evaluate the waterproof level of products over 24 hours, 36 hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours. After that time, if the board still maintains a stable structure without peeling or separating layers, it has good waterproofing.
Wood panel surface
Melamine plywood is favored not only thanks to its outstanding quality features but also for its aesthetics. Due to the relatively hard plywood, it is challenging to apply any cover layer. It also causes damage if the manufacturer does not have proper procedures and quality checks before delivering to consumers. Therefore, customers are suggested to find a trustworthy supplier and check before choosing.
Color and grain pattern
Each buyer will have specific tastes and needs for interior products that match the overall design. Melamine coated plywood will satisfy consumer needs with its advantages of color and grain and provide harmony in living and working spaces. Black, gray, cream, and other monochromatic deep tones that exude sophistication and luxury are typically prominent in Scandinavian design. Alternatively, those who follow the Minimalism style with cool tones or those who pursue the Rustic style will favor the raw beauty of materials like stone, wood, etc.
Humidity is also a factor that directly impacts the quality of the board. With an ideal moisture level that falls in the range of 8% – 12%, melamine plywood will be of the best quality. Depending on the consumers’ intended use, the factory will adjust the board humidity during the production process accordingly, avoiding damage from termites and blisters.
The density of melamine faced plywood reflects its strength and prevents mold from affecting the longevity of the product. The higher the density, the more durable the plywood board is. At ADX Plywood, plywood boards are produced in a strict process, from the first stage of harvesting raw wood to the last stage to achieve the ideal density of 550 – 700 kg/m3.
Source of raw wood
Melamine sheets often have a core made from woods such as rubber, acacia, pine, etc. Each type of wood will have different properties in appearance and strength. Rubber wood has good moisture and heat resistance, so it can be used in places with harsh weather. Or you may use normal melamine coated plywood panels, which are lighter and less susceptible to termites. Therefore, to have the best user experience, customers should choose the type of board that suits their needs and budget.
Choosing a supplier is equally important. When making a choice, customers should consider criteria such as geographical location, price, board quality, consulting team, etc. to find the best business to cooperate with. ADX Plywood has a production factory in Quang Binh province and a warehouse in Ho Chi Minh City. If customers want to buy plywood in Ho Chi Minh City, you can refer to the options.
Application in the interior
With the above benefits, melamine faced plywood is increasingly gaining a strong foothold in the furniture market. No matter what interior style, melamine boards are difficult to master thanks to the variety of colors, patterns, and grains.
- Kitchen cabinet
ADX Plywood – High-quality melamine plywood supplier
Through the information about melamine coated plywood in the above article, we hope that customers will have more choices of materials for interior products. With the desire to provide the highest quality melamine plywood, ADX Plywood always strives to perfect and improve in each stage, ensuring health and safety for users. If you have any questions about melamine wood or plywood, please contact us using the information below.
Headquarters: Sarimi B2-00.08, Sala Urban Area, An Loi Dong Ward, Thu Duc City, HCMC
Factory: Bac Dong Hoi Industrial Area, Thuan Duc commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
Hotline: +84 937 09 88 99 | +84 902 317 486