In recent years, there has been a increase in the use of ceramics in furniture making for a variety of applications. Natural stone, despite its excellent parameters, is not an easy material to work with; it is expensive and processing it is laborious.
Due to this, the market has been looking for an alternative. Porcelain tiles enable the creation of large surface areas with fewer joints while mirroring the patterns of natural stones. Thinner and large format porcelain tiles provide designers with opportunities to also use tiles on furniture and in areas previously reserved for the stone industry.
Porcelain vs. Stone
Ceramic Tiles for Furniture
Tubadzin's panels weigh only 15 kg/m2. They can be used as the covering of furniture fronts, like cupboard doors, worktops, and backsplashes. Applications in kitchens are particularly beneficial due to the resistance to high temperatures and ease of cleaning.
Porcelain Tiles for Kitchen Worktops
A similar visual effect to natural stone can be achieved when covering the kitchen substructure with tiles. The flat surface of the worktop could be connected to a panel on the side of the worktop to create a monolithic look. Such a solution is remarkably similar to a solid block of stone or concrete. To join such panels, professional chemicals from the stone industry are used.
Block Kitchen Islands
Solutions used for worktops will also work out well for block kitchen islands. An island covered with stone-patterned tiles makes an impressive stone block. By grinding the edges of the tiles at an angle of 45 degrees on all the joints, it is possible to produce an original monolithic effect.
An interesting area of application for Tubadzin's large-format porcelain tiles is furniture fronts. This is an especially attractive solution, as it allows the fronts to be matched with the wall and floor tiles. For this type of application, it is suggested to use tiles 6 mm thick. The weight per 1 m2 of such a tile is less than 15 kg.
Other Furniture Applications
One of the most interesting ideas for the use of tiles on furniture Tubadzin has been involved in is related to sliding wardrobe doors. Double-wing doors with two full panels as large as 120 × 240 cm have been created. After the doors are opened, they provide easy access to the wardrobe; when closed, it looks like a solid porcelain wall.