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What Types of Wood Are Used In School Furniture?

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What Types of Wood Are Used In School Furniture?

Although we’ve all had the pleasure of spending endless hours utilizing different types of school furniture, have you ever considered the materials they were made from? For example, desks in earlier days were made from solid wood, whereas modern times rely on a combination of materials including wood, metal, and plastics. Believe it or not, there is much thought that goes into a quality piece of furniture.

Regardless of the type of furniture, desk, chair, or shelf, there is one aspect in mind for all pieces. School furniture should be sturdy and functional.

 

Pine and Oak Wood

When it concerns durability, pine and oak woods are two of the best choices. However, there are differences to be taken into account when considering the two options. Let’s go back to the example of older versus modern desks. Remember those solid, hard to move desks? Chances are, those types of desks were made from oak. Oak is hardwood versus pine wood, which is soft.

Another significant difference between the two types of wood is the cost. Oak trees grow slower than pine trees making them the more expensive option. Although universities and private schools may opt for solid oak furniture, most publicly funded schools will find pine furniture the more viable option.

However, this doesn’t mean that pine furniture is a lesser option. It’s actually the opposite. Pine, although it will not last as long as oak, is an excellent choice for school furniture. Pine comes in a wide range of options, but if the higher quality is chosen, this furniture can last you for decades.

 

To summarize the pros and cons of the two most popular types of wood for furniture, we’ve created the list below for your reference:

Oak

       Pros

  • Extremely strong and durable
  • Less likely to show signs of wear and tear
  • Resistant to warping
  • Low maintenance
  • Versatile look for several different school settings

      Cons

  • Higher cost
  • Heavy furniture which is not easily moved

 

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Pine

      Pros

  • Budget-friendly option
  • Versatile look for several different school settings
  • Easy to stain and paint
  • Light in weight so easily moved
  • Shock-resistance to minimize damage
  • Less environmental impact

      Cons

  • May dent or scratch easily
  • Higher maintenance
  • Excessive knots which could cause weakness in the furniture

 

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If you’re in the market for new school furniture, contact our team at School Furnishings. We offer a wide range of furniture in a vast amount of material selections. Call us today at (603) 882-9418.