Some people avoid wood veneer furniture because they think it is inferior to solid woods, such as oak. They see 'solid oak' in an ex display furniture listing and think that's great, but are less impressed when they see 'oak and oak veneer'.
There are several misconceptions that exist about wood veneer. It's time to set the record straight. Here are three of the clear advantages that veneer has over solid wood:
Veneers are great for stability
Solid woods can sometimes be prone to problems such as warping and splitting. In a piece of ex display furniture that sees veneer bonded to a solid wood, the risk of such problems is greatly reduced.
The likes of panels and doors are highly suited to veneers as they are actually considerably stronger than if solid wood was used for such pieces. Not only that, using solid woods for panels and the like would make a piece much heavier.
Veneers are great for modern designs
Some furniture pieces would simply not be able to be constructed using solid wood alone. This is because of the natural expansion and contraction that occurs. Veneers that are bonded with adhesive prevent such problems occurring.
The style and design of modern furniture, in particular, doesn't really lend itself to 100% solid wood construction.
To be honest, it's virtually impossible to tell the difference between solid wood and a high quality veneer, but veneer enables a greater variety of styles and designs to be used in ex display furniture.
Veneers are great for the environment
Using veneers in furniture is much better than solid woods for creating sustainability. The processes involved in veneers uses less wood. Not only that, veneer is a natural product that comes from a renewable resource. Therefore, in terms of decorative products, veneers are one of the most environmentally friendly ones around.