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Bakers Racks Buying Guide
What Kind of Material Should I Choose When Buying a Bakers Rack?
Considered to be the most durable material for furniture, genuine wood furnishings are constructed from wood cut from the trunks of trees like beech, oak or maple. Because it is not made from recycled or processed materials, it is usually more expensive. If your budget allows for a bakers rack made of real wood, choose one with a protective finish to minimize scratches. A resilient finish will also allow for easy cleaning.
NOTE: Both the terms "hardwoods" and "softwoods" refer to whether the timber used to make the furniture is from a deciduous or coniferous tree, and not to the hardness or softness of the wood itself.
Engineered woods are made by gluing multiple wood fibers together using heat and pressure. Since they are made from recycled materials, they are more affordable than genuine wood and are as durable. The most common type of engineered wood is medium density fiberboard or MDF. MDF can look and feel like real wood when finished with laminates or veneers.
Wood veneers are produced when thin slices of real wood are adhered with heat and pressure to the piece of furniture. Because it can be applied to any smooth, flat surface, usually made from recycled materials, this is a popular method for giving furniture the texture and appearance of genuine solid woods while keeping costs down. Wood veneer furnishings are lighter and therefore less expensive to ship.
Laminates are produced by pressing layers of materials such as plastic, metal and wood together, applying it to a wood frame and then sealing it with a thermosetting resin. The laminate sheet is then applied to furniture's surface as a finish. It doesn't fade and has no grain that can cause variations from one piece of furniture to another. Laminates are commonly used for bakers racks because they are strong, durable and easy to care for and can withstand heavy use.
Fashioning metal into functional items like weapons, furniture and artwork has been done for over 5,000 years. Pure metals are too soft, too brittle or chemically reactive. Alloys are made by combining two or more metals together. The purpose of creating an alloy is to make the metal stronger and more stable. Since all metals are subject to the effects of time and oxidization, you will want to choose a corner bakers rack with a durable finish or one that is made of scaled metal which is resistant to corrosion.
Tempered glass is made by either treating it with heat or with a chemical solution, which makes it stronger than regular or annealed glass. It is designed to break into small fragments rather than large shards, like untreated glass. When selecting an etagere choose one that uses tempered glass for the shelves, since this will make it stronger and safer.
Marble veneers are produced when thin slices of real marble are adhered to a piece of furniture using heat and pressure. This process is used to give a bakers rack the beauty of real marble without the cost and weight. Not only is it economical, but it is an ideal way to give furniture the look of marble while strengthening it, since natural marble can be fragile and time consuming to care for. Marble is typically used for the countertop of a bakers rack or as decorative accents.