Design flexibility and cost-effectiveness without sacrificing indoor air quality: sustainable North American engineered wood products help make upholstered furniture manufacturing more efficient, economical, and compliant with formaldehyde regulations.
Frame-grade panels deliver quality, high yield, and low cost
- Frame-grade plywood and OSB panels are readily available and cost-competitive when compared with hardwood lumber. This gives the manufacturer more cost control with the finished product.
- Frame-grade panel properties, such as strength, fastener-holding capacity, consistency, dimensional stability, and workability, lend themselves well to the demands of quality furniture production.
- Panel size improves manufacturing efficiencies and allows state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, such as CNC panel saws and routers, to be used.
- High-yield production minimizes material waste, reduces cost, and benefits the environment.
Selecting panels that meet the demands of upholstered furniture
Key panel characteristics for good frame performance
- Proper panel grade: Use a plywood or OSB panel grade that’s designed for the particular demands of furniture frames.
- Ply/layup considerations: Special frame-grade panels allow the user to specify the number of plies and their arrangement within the panel. However, the composition of the panel should still match the requirements panels need to meet for structural integrity, strength or stiffness, ability to drill holes into the panel edge, and fastener-holding capability. Some companies find that parallel laminated center plies help improve the holding strength of edge fasteners and make drilling easier.
- Thickness: Individual frame parts must be thick enough to resist imposed loads. The frame design itself and connection details can significantly affect the required thickness of individual parts. Thicknesses typically range from 23/32 inch to 7/8 inch, but panels can be manufactured in custom layups and thicknesses up to 1-1/8 inch.