by Marilyn Thompson FURNITURE PANELS
Plywood has been used in upholstered furniture frames for many years. Frame-grade plywood, OSB and other engineered wood products are proving a reliable choice for furniture frames— not only for their strength, economy, and work- ability, but also for attributes like environmental value and indoor air quality. North American-produced plywood and OSB provide advantages for manufacturers looking to
select sustainable materials and meet increasing
consumer demand for environmental responsibility. New government regulations for indoor air
quality make it is especially key to understand how
this affects furniture frame components.
North American wood structural panels and engineered wood products are sourced from sustain-ably managed North American forests that grow
more wood every day, supporting the manufacturers’ sustainability message. Not all imported wood
products can make that claim. APA-trademarked
frame-grade panels meeting U.S. Product Standards PS- 1 and PS- 2 have such low formaldehyde
emission levels that they easily meet or are exempt
from the world’s leading formaldehyde emission
standards and regulations.
On December 12, 2016, the EPA released its
Selecting the correct engineered wood and frame-grade panels is key to
final rules for “The Formaldehyde Emission Stan-
successful upholstered furniture manufacturing.
Backbone for upholstered furniture
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