Plywood is gradually becoming the leading material for interior production. With the development of technology, there are more and more types of boards created to serve each customer’s special needs. Below, ADX explains why this sort of engineered wood is the perfect material for furniture!

The special structure of Plywood

By stacking several thin wooden panels, about 1.7mm thick, to make a larger panel called plywood. It has excellent and remarkable properties, meeting all interior design styles.

Currently, there are many types of boards with flexible advantages, making it easy for customers to choose the right material. Among them, melamine and veneer plywood are the two most popular and widely used in interior manufacturing.

The special structure of Plywood


Melamine is decorative paper impregnated melamine glue (LPL). This type of decorative paper has a variety of colors and patterns, such as wood, fabric, stone, or monochrome.

Melamine surface is popular not only because of its aesthetic value but also due to its durability and board longevity. Specifically, interiors made from melamine plywood can also be used in humid areas like the bathroom, kitchen, etc.

Veneer Plywood

Veneers are thin plates formed of natural round stems with a thickness from 0.3mm to 0.6mm. These boards are made from trees with straight stems, attractive wooden colors, and few bugs, such as birch, poplar, ash, oak, and so on.

Veneer plywood keeps the beauty and color of natural wood, giving plywood furniture a cozy feel. With a special core, this type of board may be bent and applied in various styles of design.

The best material for furniture

With such a diverse kind of engineered wood available today, interior manufacturers have numerous options for meeting customers’ needs and conditions. With high quality and aesthetics, plywood is the perfect choice for interior products because of many superior advantages, such as:

Suitable for various interior styles

The highlight of plywood is its varied surface coating. Customers can choose from color to style based on their own needs and preferences. Thanks to the variety of colors and styles in the melamine paper collection as well as the natural appearance of the wood veneer, the board meets many interior styles, from classic to modern.

The best material for furniture

Providing perfect quality

Plywood is regarded as one of the most high-quality industrial boards. Because of the unique structure as well as the exacting manufacturing process, the sheet provides valuable advantages such as:

  • Less curved

A board is always produced with a core board or central board, which means the number of thin boards used is always odd. Along with the special layering, the plywood is balanced and mutually fixed. This minimizes the curvature that is common in wood products.

  • Prevent termites

Engineered wood generally goes through a drying process to remove the nutrients that are inherent in wood – a favorite food of termites. At the same time, these preliminary steps also help reduce natural moisture in wood, prevent furniture products from becoming debris and being attacked by termites.

  • Long-lasting lifetime

This type of board is estimated to have a much longer life than other engineered woods. It can retain quality and beauty for more than 15 years if used and preserved well. This is not a feature found in all engineered wood.

Excellent waterproofing

In the past, using engineered wood in humid environments had many restrictions because some customers were worried that exposure to water would damage interiors. However, the melamine surface is created with waterproof glue, which combines a good paper to totally eliminate this worry.

Ensure safety

The user’s health is one of the primary concerns when creating or purchasing furniture – a product that we use every day. To control the quantity of formaldehyde in engineered wood, some emission limits have been established.

In this case, the board that meets the E0/CARB P2 standard with nearly zero emissions is the right choice, ensuring safety for both the interior manufacturer and the customer.

Easy to construct and move

Plywood has a consistent structure, and the standard size of 1220mm x 2440mm will satisfy even large furniture. The cutting process is also easier because of the hardness and good fastening of the screw. Especially after drilling into the wall, the interiors can still be removed and moved without causing any damage.

Differences between Plywood, MDF and MFC

Why should you choose plywood rather than MDF, MFC, or other engineered wood? To answer this question, let’s find out what the differences are between the most popular types of engineered wood.

Differences between Plywood, MDF and MFC

What is MDF board?

MDF is a medium-density fiberboard that is frequently used in most furniture products. Raw wood or debris will be put into the powder-crushing machine. Then combine them with glue and other additions before pressing them into a final wood sheet. The typical board composition is:

  • Wood powder, wood fiber
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Other components

In order to diversify the product, allowing users to have more choice, the MDF board has an additional moisture-resistant core type. The glue will be replaced by an effective waterproof glue – Melamine Urea Formaldehyde (MUF). They will be produced in green to be easily distinguished from the normal type, so they are generally called green-core MDF.

What is MFC board?

MFC is a specialized melamine-faced chipboard. MFC’s core is created from waste wood chips left over from the milling process, sawdust, or cutting/thinning forest branches. This type of board is particularly popular due to the benefit of an easy-to-exploit input source. MFC boards are currently one of the most popular furniture materials in Vietnam.

Similar to MDF, chipboard also has a moisture-resistant core (green color) type that is used for furniture often exposed to water. This special particle board is produced using MUF waterproof glue instead of UF glue.


These are the three types of engineered wood that are commonly used for interior production. Each type of wood has its own pros and cons to meet the needs of each manufacturer and customer.

Engineered wood comparison

Before diving into the detailed comparison of these boards, keep in mind that plywood and MDF are cores that can be glued to various types of surfaces. Meanwhile, MFC is a chipboard with a finished melamine surface. Besides, there are differences based on each criteria, like:

Main componentWood PliesWood fibersWoodchips
  • UF
  • MUF
  • PF
  • UF
  • MUF (green-core)
  • UF
  • MUF (green-core)
Use forInterior and exteriorInteriorInterior
Lifetime15 – 20 years5 – 8 years3 – 5 years
Fasten screw5/53/52/5
Less curved4/53/51/5

Noted when choosing Plywood furniture

To maintain the quality and beauty of the interior, customers need to note the following aspects while selecting furniture plywood:

  • Water and moisture resistance

The water and moisture resistance of the board is the most vital element when choosing material for interior products. This is an essential factor in determining the interior’s durability as well as its appearance. It is recommended to use plywood or green core MDF in places that are frequently exposed to water or in environments with high humidity.

  • Health safety

Furniture is a product in direct contact with family, so safety is also one of the criteria to be taken into account. It is important to remember the formaldehyde emission limit. To maintain safety and user-friendliness, interior boards must typically meet E0 or CARB P2 standards with extremely low emissions.

StandardLimitation of formaldehyde emissionApplicable countries
E0/F***0.07ppmJapan, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and West Asia
E20.38 ppmSoutheast Asia and North Africa
Carb P10.08 ppmAmerica, Canada, and Europe
Carb P20.05 ppm
  • Color and grain pattern

In furniture production, choosing a suitable appearance board is also a factor to keep in mind. The board’s color and grain style must be in line with the whole design of the house. For example, veneer plywood in Rubric style, melamine surface with the dark colors of Classical style, or monochrome melamine in Modern interiors.

Color and grain pattern of melamine and veneer plywood

  • Pressure resistance

Each product and item in the interior has to deal with a different level of force. As a result, before selecting the appropriate material board, you must first determine where the interior will be located. It is possible to combine multiple types of boards in the same product based on the requirements of each detail to optimize cost savings while still meeting quality criteria.

Above are our shares about the three most popular types of engineered wood. Hopefully, this information will help consumers pick the appropriate board for your own house. Please leave your information or contact ADX Plywood directly to get additional details and receive the most affordable prices as soon as possible!

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