The price tag was not insignificant (it was in the four-figures per bookcase; we’ll leave it at that).In order to alleviate that tiny bit of doubt in the back of my mind, I wrote the company and asked if the bookcases contained any MDF. Sure, it is supposedly a high end MDF product but the idea bothers me.Instead, they bragged about using the “real” meat, which is true; they just use a tiny layer of it for the visible parts of the sandwich.The MDF question gets tricky when it comes to certain veneered furniture.I fell in love with a pair of carved wooden bookcases featuring gold-leaf accented pineapples.I had intended to buy several sets for my office since my primary responsibility is to read and make decision. I haven’t really gotten into it on the blog, but the case studies I’m doing on the furniture industry makes me very uncomfortable.For the past couple of decades, there has been a drastic increase in the percentage of consumer furniture and goods manufactured using a material known as MDF. [mainbodyad]Technically, MDF contains a mixture of wood solids, wax, and resin bonded together under high temperatures and high pressure to create a uniform wood-like product that is far cheaper than real wood.
To learn more about MDF, head over here and skip directly to the comments section.In other words, I am of the opinion that manufacturers of many mid-tier and higher-end furniture brands unknowingly switched their product without adequately disclosing it to the consumer.It would be like if your favorite hamburger joint slowly replaced the core of the hamburger with wood-like filler product, but failed to tell you.I still can’t bring myself to pull the trigger on the purchase because the presence of MDF bothers me that much.(They are so beautiful I’ll probably end up buying them, anyway.) What bothers me more? It may be legal under the current laws, but it isn’t . Back in the 1990’s, there was a class action lawsuit when one particular company sold MDF as siding on households.