Indonesian furniture suppliers can be the most skilled in the world, but if the materials they use is not do not match the same high standards than their workmanship, it is a waste.
Ps: Any lower quality in material should only be a strategical choice.
Why Quality Matters?
Wood: In wood, we have to look into 3 main principles:
Final use of the furniture: indoor, outdoor, kitchen, or bathroom, the material chosen will have to be in accordance with the furniture final destination. The final choice of material can also be impacted by the climate type in its adoptive country.
Moisture Content: The moisture content in wood plays an important role in the quality of the final product. The lower the better, mostly if the furniture is exported to countries where seasons are characterized by important change of temperature and humidity. If through time, the water contained in the wood freezes in winter, dries up in summer, the whole furniture structure would be stressed and might break, or even explode (true story of a container of wooden chairs exported to France, where the chairs, once properly displayed in a brand new restaurant, started to explode by themselve, one after the other).
Wood grade: The wood grade has mostly an aesthetic impact. Even though, public thinking believes that the highest the grade the better, some prefer lower grades as it gives more character to the final product.
However, by going for a lower grade, it is important to choose carefully which wooden piece to be used for which component. Dead knots or live knots may threaten the strength of the component and should, therefore, not be used in load bearing pieces of the furniture.
Textile: The quality of the fabric and foam used in a piece of furniture is also key to its long lasting life. Mostly in outdoor use, the sun, the rain and snow are putting the fabric through challenging tests. For the fabric, it is important to use UV protected materials so it does not loose its color and texture. Regarding the foam, using foam like Urecel Quick Dry Foam is key has it does not retain water or humidity in the cushion which allows it to dry quickly in order to not rot.
For some countries, a Fire Retardant fabric and foam is required for insurance matters and should then be considered while purchasing furniture in Indonesia.
Wicker: Viro and Rehau are the most commonly used synthetic wicker in furniture manufacturing in Indonesia. Those brands offer life guarantee on their materials. However, to reach lower costs, some rattan furniture manufacturers, mostly in China, produce their own wickers which have a way shorter life cycle; they quickly loose their colors and the fibers deteriorate quickly which impacts the whole weaving works and so, the strength of the whole piece of furniture.