Advantages and disadvantages of furniture from veneer

Furniture made of veneer is very popular, but not everyone knows exactly how it is made and what characteristics it has. Find it out!

What is veneer?

Veneer is a woody natural material that is a thin sheet of wood glued to the base. The thickness of such sheets can vary from 0.1-0.3 to 3-5 millimeters or more. As a basis can use fiberboard, chipboard or wood panels. This material usually goes to the production of various pieces of furniture, as well as floors and doors. And the name is translated from German as "chip".

There are several types of veneer, depending on the method of production:

  • Shelled produce from pre-steamed logs, processed on shelling machines.
  • Planed, as the name implies, is made by planing.
  • Sawn veneer involves the processing of wood on plywood sawing machines or sawmill frames.

If for the basis of the classification to take the external characteristics of the material, we can distinguish the following types of it:

  1. Natural veneer has a structure as close as possible to the natural, characteristic of wood.
  2. Colored veneer is treated with paint and stain, its surface can have a variety of shades.
  3. Fine-line - a modern look, involving the reconstruction of soft veneer obtained from soft wood. First, blocks are harvested, and from them material is obtained having different textures, tones and sizes. In this way imitation of a natural tree of noble and expensive breeds is achieved.

Furniture characteristics

Features of furniture made of veneer are determined by the materials used for production, as well as manufacturing technology.

Main advantages:

  • Affordable price. If we compare it with the cost of natural wood (especially solid wood), then it can be called more than moderate. And it is precisely this dignity that attracts most buyers.
  • High-quality veneer can look almost the same as natural wood, and very natural. And this allows you to achieve the most aesthetic appearance of furniture made from this material. Items made of wood, valued at all times and still remain popular.And sometimes it is not easy to distinguish veneered furniture from natural, even on closer examination.
  • Veneer is an environmentally friendly material that does not emit any harmful substances into the environment. Of course, in the manufacture of used adhesives, fixing sheets of wood-based, but respectable manufacturers use high-quality glue. In addition, it is under a layer of veneer, so that its components can not easily evaporate. The basis also differs in environmental friendliness.
  • Veneered furniture is much easier than wood, that is, it is easier to transport and move, and for many it is important.
  • Veneer is a practically universal material from which any furniture is made: for a living room, for a bedroom, a children's room, and even a kitchen.
  • Such material has a stylish design. First, the surface has a unique pattern, characteristic of the natural wood texture. Secondly, there is a color veneer, and its shades can be very different, so the choice is very wide.
  • Furniture of any complexity is made of this material.You can create a sketch yourself and make an order, then you will get an exclusive and ideally suited model for you.
  • Practicality. No complicated care required. It is enough to protect furniture from rough mechanical and aggressive chemical influences, and also to wipe a soft damp rag, removing a dust and pollution.
  • Durability. Veneered furniture will last a long time and will retain their original qualities, and for this you will not have to make special efforts.
  • Durability and reliability. This material is durable, because, in fact, it is multi-layered and has a solid base and not less durable wood coating.
  • Since the veneer is treated in a special way, the coating becomes resistant to high humidity, minor mechanical and other influences. From this point of view, a tree can be called a more “capricious” material.
  • The material has no unpleasant smell.


  • If you accidentally damage the facade of veneer furniture, you will have to carry out a complete and rather complicated restoration.
  • Veneers can burn out in direct sunlight, so they should be protected from furniture.
  • Furniture cannot have smooth corners, since it is almost impossible to veneer such areas.
  • The veneer reacts to sudden changes in temperature and because of them can change some of its properties.
  • If there are wide surfaces in the object, then there may be noticeable joints, since each sheet has its own unique pattern, and it can be difficult to pick it up.
  • After rough mechanical effects, damage may remain on the surface.
  • Exposure to aggressive chemical compounds can also damage the surface. For this reason, it is not possible to use products with acids and abrasive particles for cleaning.
  • Low quality furniture can have an unpleasant odor and even release harmful substances into the environment, so when choosing, it is worth being careful.
  • Veneer from expensive breeds can cost quite a bit.
  • Light furniture may remain contaminated, for example, from coffee, strong tea, wine or “Cola”.

Now you know everything about veneer furniture and you can decide if you should buy it.

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