Laminate Or Veneer: What Should You Choose For Your Furniture?

Wood furniture has always been a popular choice for many residential and commercial properties. Unfortunately, real wood furniture can cost a lot of money.

For this reason, many people content themselves with furniture made with less expensive materials like laminates and timber veneer in Sydney which has the same look of real wood.

Laminates are made by pressing together thin layers of flat paper and plastic resins. The wood-like design is printed on the upper layer or on the decorative side. This is quite different from timber veneer sheets.

This is because veneer sheets are actual pieces of wood bonded to a substrate or backing. Thus, what you get is the real look and appeal of real wood and not a printed pattern.

Laminates come in a variety of colors and can be classified into textured, high gloss, soft and matt finishes. The textured laminates are a favorite among many property owners since these replicates the feel of real wood. However, because laminates are mass produced, they lack uniqueness in appearance.

Timber veneer sheets also come in an assortment of styles and shades. However, the choices are much more limited compared to laminates. But because veneers are made from wood, they maintain the elegance and grace of the wood they were taken from.  Thus, each veneer used in timber panels and furniture are distinctive and adds value to the furniture’s overall look.

Between laminates and veneer, it was observed that laminates have a higher degree of durability. This is because it is bonded to a composite base which gives it that extra strength.

Also, the printed surface is finished with a scratch-resistant coating. That said, laminates are the better choice for kitchen cabinets, wardrobes, and other frequently used furniture.

Because timber veneer sheets aren’t usually as durable as laminates, they will require maintenance since they are prone to scratches. They need to be polished from time to time to maintain their beauty.

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid using them though. In fact, many furniture makers use veneer, especially furniture that are used as statement pieces.

Whether you choose a laminate with wood patterns or actual timber veneer sheets for your furniture, you are sure to be happy with the results. Not only will you be getting that real wood look and feel that you want, but you’ll also be able to save a lot of money by choosing these less expensive options.

If you are in need of laminate or timber veneer sheets, do get in touch with us. You can call us up at (02) 9771 5155 or leave a message in our contact page.

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