Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Formaldehyde Free Kitchens?

Can I buy a formaldehyde free kitchen cabinet? It seems the answer is no.
But what is formaldehyde and why should we be concerned about it?

Back in 2006 I was asked just that question and to be honest I did not have a clue what formaldehyde in furniture was, as it has turned out my research has been a revelation.

The customer asking the question was the Buying Agent for a Japanese company where more or less all MDF and VOC related products are banned.  They ordered a solid wood kitchen and we supplied them with kitchen and bathroom cabinets for many years. 

So what is Formaldehyde and MDF?  Should it be further regulated?

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring volatile organic compound (VOC) meaning that it becomes a gas at room temperature. It is all around us naturally and is used in the manufacture of many products.  

MDF is medium-density fibre board, an engineered wood product made of wood fibres and combined with wax and a resin binder. I discovered that MDF was ‘rumoured’ to be banned in France, America & Australia and cannot be sold without a health-warning label as it can release a high amount of formaldehyde.

So could this really be as harmful as asbestos in the future?

We recently supplied an interior designer with a kitchen for a client with an allergy to formaldehyde, using 100% solid wood, low VOC paints and lacquers to dramatically reduce the amount of formaldehyde gases released, to give the client an acceptable healthy environment.

It seems that you cannot totally eliminate formaldehyde, (even an apple has a small amount) but you can greatly reduce the levels of this gas, making it a lot easier to tolerate.

Since those early days we have supplied solid wood cabinetry to many customers with allergies, we never use MDF or chipboard in the construction of our cabinets, and we take care in reducing emissions where we can in the manufacture of our cabinets. 

As it occurs naturally, we cannot avoid formaldehyde but maybe an increase in allergies are a warning that we are starting to be less tolerant of the higher levels we inflict on our bodies? We might be healthier and breathe more easily if we greatly reduce the formaldehyde added to products around us?   

For more information on our low emission cabinets contact our Head Office.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Lifetime Guarantee for all our Solid Wood Kitchens

Just in case you weren't aware all of our solid wood kitchens now come with a lifetime guarantee.

We are so confident of the quality of our kitchen units that we are happy to guarantee them for the rest of your life as long as you (and the units!) stay in the same property.

We think you will find this a hard offer to beat particularly when you factor in how competitive our prices are. At the moment we offer an online discount of 25% off of our online orders.

If you are an architect, designer or builder please contact us for details of our trade discounts. Also please note that if you are in the trade we can arrange a lifetime guarantee in the name of your client to cover our kitchens as per our personal customers.

Friday, 5 June 2015

New Catalogue and Price List - Online and Trade Discounts Currently Available

Responding to customer demand we have simplified customer access to our website and you can now view, print or download our main catalogue, accessories catalogue and price lists directly via our website without the need for a password.

We are also currently offering a discount of 25% for any online orders for our beautiful solid wood kitchens. We do, of course, offer generous discounts to all of our trade customers, including architects, designers and builders.

If you would like any further information please complete the online Contact Form, phone us on 01273 844406 or email us at

Thursday, 19 April 2012

MDF or Solid Wood

I remember when medium-density fibreboard (MDF) was first introduced to the workshop whilst I was an apprentice carpenter in the late 1970's, it was quite revolutionary at the time to have a material that you could cut easily, which gave a smooth, knot free finish mind you, get it wet and it resembles Weetabix – permanently!. Rumours were soon rife apparently the resin used to bind the wood fibres to make MDF contains formaldehyde, we heard that some manufacturers made anyone working with MDF to wear masks and they had to seal the products exposed edges. Was this the next asbestos? It still isn’t known for sure whether the formaldehyde emissions reach harmful levels, the State of California has classified formaldehyde as a known carcinogen
Fortunately, the majority of my time as a carpenter was spent working with the real stuff – solid wood, there were growing concerns at the time that we were damaging the environment by cutting down so many trees but this has been largely overcome by planting sustainable forests so now we can use this beautiful natural product without harm.
Wouldn’t you rather have solid wood from sustainable forests in your home?