Bamboo Desk Vs Laminate Desk Guide
Standing desks comes in a wide range of styles, colors, and materials. Some offer height adjustment for sitting and standing positions, while others are highly durable and can support multiple screens. When it comes to buying a standing desk, you’ll need to figure out what type of material is going to be best for you.
In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of bamboo desks, laminate desks, and MDF standing desk surfaces, to help make buying a high-quality standing desk easier!
One of the top trending materials for a modern and minimalist office at the moment is bamboo. But, this natural and flexible material might not be as eco-friendly as you first thought! Let’s explore the pros and cons of bamboo desks.
- Bamboo desks can look pretty sophisticated in a minimalist home office and will come with a light blonde wood effect.
- The depth of each grain is impressive and will add a unique interior design element to your room.
- Contrary to popular belief, investing in an ‘on-trend’ bamboo desk does not mean you are making a more eco-friendly decision for your home office. In fact, the process of manufacturing a bamboo desk takes a considerable amount of energy, water, glue, and laminates. And this all has a significant impact on the environment.
- The manufacturing process of making a bamboo desk can take weeks at a time, and once the bamboo strands resemble hardwood, the material will still need to undergo several layers of coatings to ensure it is hard enough to make into a desk.
- Since it is real wood, it can become easily scratched and suffer damage if you’re not careful when working on a bamboo desk.
- Although bamboo forests are considered an ecological benefit, mass production of bamboo desks can lead to problems with water loss, soil fertility, water pollution due to using fertilizers and pesticides, and a lack of biodiversity. In fact, many countries able to grow bamboo have seized this opportunity and increased their bamboo farming capabilities, spreading widespread environmental devastation. So if you care about the planet, perhaps it’s not the best material for your new standing desk!
Are laminate desks better than investing in a bamboo standing desk? Let’s take a closer look at how laminate is made and its main benefits as a material for ergonomic office furniture.
- Laminate desks allow manufacturers to offer a wide range of colors, patterns, styles, and prints. Woodgrain is a common pattern used for standing desks and provides a real-wood effect.
- Laminate desks have been used throughout the years in offices worldwide. Highly supportive and durable, they are considered a great investment for a home or corporate office.
- Flame, scratch, and stain-resistant, laminate desks are a practical and cost-effective solution for a busy work environment.
- This material is usually far more adorable than a solid wood desk.
- Laminate desks are made by constructing layers of heavy-duty paper to make a compound known as melamine. The core of a laminate desk is often made from recycled wood chips and pulp.
- Since no solid wood is used during construction, laminate desks are much lighter and easier to assemble and move.
- Laminate desks don’t provide a natural finish that you might achieve by investing in solid wood furniture.
- You won't get the same tactile experience as a solid wood finish.
MDF Standing Desk
So far we’ve looked at the pros and cons of bamboo and laminate desks, but what about an MDF standing desk?
- MDF or medium-density fibreboard is durable, flexible, and resistant to cracking.
- Although technically made from wood, MDF desks use recycled wood, fibers and resin mixed together with wax. This makes MDF standing desks more affordable.
- High-quality MDF is extremely durable and gives the same support as natural wood.
- MDF is easier to manufacture and supply. Engineered wood is easier to customize and find the exact size of desk you need.
- Easier to paint and seal. An MDF desk doesn’t have grains and texture which makes painting easier than ever.
- Low-quality MDF can be prone to damage.
- MDF is heavier than solid wood which can make it more difficult to assemble. It may require additional support and anchors to keep the desk sturdy.
- MDF can be vulnerable to heat, so don’t put your MDF desk in front of a heater or close to a fireplace.
We hope that the information provided in this article has helped you to make the right decision when it comes to investing in a standing desk. Now, is the fun part! It’s time to explore our online collection or high-quality ergonomic office furniture and upgrade your workspace with WOKA.