Rubberwood furniture is crafted in factories overseas. Typically sold in big-box stores, rubberwood furniture may cost 10 percent to 25 percent less than than other hardwood products. A byproduct of rubber plantations in Brazil and other tropical regions, rubberwood is considered eco-friendly. Because rubberwood is a member of the maplewood family, it has the same high grain density. This gives it similar qualities such as durability. The damp, tropical settings rubber wood is grown in also make it less susceptible to moisture. And it is very easy to work with, and its light pale finish, which makes it easy to stain. Rubberwood furniture is light cream in color without stain, medium in density and has subtle grain patterns.
Although the wood may be finished with polyurethane or varnish, lacquer is used the majority of the time to keep costs down. Caring for rubberwood furniture typically depends on what type of finish is applied. Although rubberwood can be finished just like any other hardwood, lacquer is used the majority of the time. Paint may also be found on rubberwood. If you’re not sure what type of finish it has, check with the manufacturer. Lacquer is a light, see-through coating. Polyurethane has a thicker, amber tint. An oil-based, hand-rubbed finish appears to have no topcoat at all and is soft.