What Is Parawood?


        You could come across the name “parawood” when looking for furniture. Some questions might come to your mind. What is parawood? What are parawood applications? These are many more questions would be on your mind.
        Well, if you are one of those people who has not heard about Parawood, this article is ready to answer every question you may have in mind about the wood. Also, if you have heard about it and wished to know more you are reading the right article. Just read on! 



        Do you know one funny thing? You might have it in your area or even near your house and you would not know since you don’t have any idea how it looks.

        Parawood is wood from a rubber tree. Apart from the name parawood, it can be called white teak, rubberwood, Hevea, plantation hardwood, and much more. The tree is a native of Brazil and extensively grows in Central America and Indonesia. It is a tropical hardwood having medium density and also a light color.

Image: Wood from a rubber tree.

        Basically, the harvest of a rubber tree is the milk it offers. Natural rubber or natural latex uses the sap produced by this tree. However, the latex yield would reduce or stop after many years, 25 to 30 years. This is when you would be able to harvest the rubber tree for its wood. 


  • The tree can grow to a considerable height of 75 to 80 feet. Its diameter can be about 3 feet wide
  • After the latex production has slow down or stopped, the tree offers large amounts of lumber
  • It has a natural pale yellow color. This makes the furniture industry prefer it. However, the color might be sometimes dull, so you would need to polish it.
  • Parawood features open grains. You can control this grain by kiln drying
  • It has little shrinkage which gives it enough stability when used for furniture. This characteristic makes it gain the favor furniture manufactures
  • It is susceptible to fungal staining and insect attack because of its high starch content
  • Parawood natural resistance to decay and rot is low
  • It is a highly perishable wood
  • They are available in different quality or grades

        Even though it has some negative characteristics, the wood can be guided from its bad side. It can be treated with chemicals. It can last more than 20 years when properly maintained.


Its advantages:

  • It is resilient, tough, durable, and strong. It can last for long if well-cared for
  • The wood is soft to touch, suitable for beginer learn wood carving
  • It requires low maintenance
  • Parawood has high resistant to burns and fire. Most especially heats from cigarettes. However, when there is fire it does not release toxic fumes into the air
  • It is a good shock absorber so it provides good cushioning and reduces the risk of injury

Its disadvantages:

  • It might be expensive compared to other wood types
  • Parawood might be slippery when water spill on it. in short, it can be damaged by water
  • It can easily stain because it is prone to insect infestation, oxidation stains and fungus
  • The wood warps, splits, twists, and bow easily when pressure treated.


        As earlier mentioned, Parawood is more preferred by lots of furniture manufacturers. They are used for making:

  • Cabinet
  • Wood carvings
  • Drawers
  • Flooring
  • Plywood and veneer
  • Interior Millwork and much more

        Parawood flooring makes movement easier and also reduces the stress on joints. This is why it is used in senior homes. It is also used for gym floors because it offers good cushioning and prevent fall injuries. Additionally, Parawood is used in kid’s toys because of its strength and durability.


        Parawood is a typical hardwood so it is perfect for home furniture. The rigors of a busy lifestyle do not really affect it. Some of the common types of Parawood furniture are:

  • Kitchen furniture – The wood matches oak and maple in hardness. This means it can tolerate the rough daily use. Most times your kitchen barstools are made of Parawood
  • Bedroom furniture - It is great for making bedroom furniture such as nightstands, dressers, headboards, footboards, vanity cases and much more
  • Tables – such as classy sofa tables, coffee tables, and end tables
  • Also Parawood flooring and children furniture


        Low maintenance is one of the great benefits of Parawood. To care for it there are some cleaning methods you can use. These are:

  • Pick a day out of the 365 days we have in a year. On your chosen day, you should wash the Parawood with a soapy solution
  • Use a clean and dry cloth to dry up the furniture. This will help you prevent moisture that can speed up decay or welcome fungus
  • Use furniture wax to brighten the wood. However, because the wax might collect dirt sooner or later, strip them off occasionally
  • Don’t keep in hot or very dry places so you can keep the color safe
  • Avoid putting the furniture where moisture can always get to it. most especially under rain
  • Don’t put hot items like pans, pots or cups directly on the furniture made of Parawood.
  • To avoid the damage of the wood finish it is advisable you immediately wipe off spills of hot water or alcohol.


        With the information provided above we believe you now have a great knowledge about Parawood. So answering the question “What is Parawood” should not be an issue again. As you can see it has a lot of applications when it comes to furniture manufacturing. Just don’t forget to take care of it so it can last longer than you think.

        If you find the information about Parawood helpful, do not hesitate to share with others. Also, if you anything to say about the wood you can use our comment box. 

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