The Shrinking and Swelling of Wood and Its Effect on Furniture

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Wood is one of the most beautiful materials in the world. It’s warm to the touch, gives off a natural scent, and it develops a patina over time that can only be compared to leather. These qualities make wood furniture an excellent choice for any home, but many people are not aware of one important thing: wood shrinks and swells as its environment changes. This causes problems like loose joints and warping that can ruin your furniture completely if you don’t know how to fix them.

An office is a place where people spend long hours. It’s also a place where there are computers, which generate heat. The combination of the two does not make for a particularly dry environment. Humidity in the air can cause wood to expand and contract, causing joints to loosen.

The wood used in your furniture is an organic material, which means that it expands and contracts as the humidity of its surrounding environment changes. This can cause joints to loosen over time.

Wood expands when subjected to higher humidity levels, and it contracts as the humidity drops. The amount of expansion or contraction depends on the species of wood and its age; older wood tends to exhibit less change than fresh lumber because it has had more time for internal stresses to dissipate.

Moisture-resistant boards, such as the E1 board used by, have been treated to be resistant to moisture in the air. This means that your furniture will not shrink or swell when the humidity changes, helping to keep its joints strong and secure.

Wood is a natural material, and as such it will change shape and size over time. In general, wood expands when it absorbs moisture and shrinks when it dries out. If you purchase furniture made of untreated lumber (such as pine), your furniture will shrink and swell with the seasons: in winter when the air is dry, and in summer when the air is humid. This can cause joints to loosen or break if they are not reinforced properly for expansion/contraction.

Moisture-resistant boards like E1 board have been treated to be resistant to water absorption by using chemicals like urea formaldehyde resins that “seal” them from moisture damage during manufacturing processes. The result? Your Favourbrook products won’t shrink or swell from changing temperatures—so there’s no need for extra support! This also means that your pieces will stay beautiful for much longer than others on the market today because they won’t warp due to changes in humidity or temperature levels over time.”

Our manufacturing partner uses E1 board in all of our products so you don’t have to worry about repairs due to warped wood or loose joints.

Our manufacturing partner uses E1 board in all of our products so you don’t have to worry about repairs due to warped wood or loose joints.

E1 board is moisture resistant, which means it will not warp or shrink. It also has a high bending strength, making it strong and durable. This makes E1 the superior choice over traditional wooden furniture that can warp, crack, chip and even split apart from heavy use over time.


We hope that this article has helped to clarify the importance of moisture resistant wood. By choosing furniture made with E1 board, you can ensure that it will remain strong and stable for years to come. If you have any questions about our products or would like more information about our manufacturing partner’s use of E1 board, please don’t hesitate to contact us!