Just because veneer furniture isn’t completely made up of solid wood, doesn’t mean it’s not durable. Because veneer furniture is not prone to the same aging effects as solid wood, such as splitting or warping, wood veneer furniture will often outlast solid wood furniture by years. Wood veneer is a thin slice of natural wood that is attached, through gluing or pressing, onto a panel of fiberboard or particleboard. In furniture, wood veneers give the appearance of an all-wood piece, when in reality only the surface is taken from natural wood. It can be used to achieve a spectacular look when using real timber is either impractical or too costly. Veneered wood can also have other beneficial properties such as offering furniture stability where hard or softwood could shrink or expand causing shape deformity. Top quality veneers are cut from the best timber and can often be used to create stunning large pieces of furniture.
What About Wood Veneer?
While veneer furniture is better than laminate because of the material it uses, it does not have the integrity or sourcing typical of furniture made from solid wood. One way to tell is by looking at the grain; veneer furniture can preserve certain natural patterns but it tends to have a lot of repetition while lacking texture. Solid wood also does not have grain on the edges, whereas a wood veneer will show a horizontal grain pattern along the edges.
You can tell if the furniture has a wood veneer by examining the sides and bottom. By looking closely, you should be able to tell where the sheet of veneer attaches to the front of the furniture. Craftsmanship is the key to making real wood furniture and we do our best to turn London wood into something that will last a lifetime!