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When designing a laboratory, the goal is to provide the right furniture so that the employees can complete projects or reach goals. Specialized equipment is often in place to create a complete laboratory, including cleaners, fume hoods, etc. Each piece of equipment will complete a defined process used for specific needs of the lab. Today’s lab furniture manufacturers are creating pieces that meet work needs and include features for streamlined performance. Knowing what type of materials to choose for your lab is essential.

So, how do you know what type of lab furniture to purchase? Learning more about material type, such as metal, plastic laminate, and polypropylene is the first step. Each type has its own pros and cons as discussed below.

Metal Material

When you install metal casework within your laboratory, you have a material that is cost-effective and sturdy. The material is durable and can withstand the tough experiments you may complete in the lab. The material is easy to clean as well as maintain and resists a wide range of chemicals. It is moderately priced and can suit any design aesthetic. On the downside, it can dent upon impact.

Plastic Laminate

Another option that many labs choose for their furniture pieces is plastic laminate. This type of laboratory furniture is cost effective as it is less expensive on the budget. The material can be purchased in several colors as well as patterns and textures. Many laboratories choose this material type due to the color variations. On the downside, plastic laminate has a short lifespan and may need more attention when cleaning.


If you are working with such chemicals as acid, you might want to opt for a material that is resistant to such things. Polypropylene is the right choice for furniture materials when working with volatile acids. The material will not corrode or rust and is perfect for spill containment. This, however, is a highly expensive furniture material.


Another material often found in laboratory furniture is wood. This material type is pleasing to the eye and can be installed in several formats from oak to cherry and maple. Wood is a good application for labs that will use chemicals that are non-conducive to metal or chemicals that corrode metal material. On the downside, wood is susceptible to water and moisture, it is porous, and can burn easily.

Now that you know more about the types of materials that work well with laboratory furniture, you can make an informed decision on new materials for your lab space. Contact our team today to learn more about our metal cabinets and to find the right furniture for your laboratory needs.