What you need to know about wood veneer

Shelfdirect is one of the leading wood veneer suppliers in the UK. Despite this, many of our customers are still unaware of what wood veneer is, or indeed its wider benefits.

What is veneer?

Wood veneer involves gluing a thin layer of wood over another piece of wood – a process that goes back to ancient civilizations.

However, many people still mistakenly presume that wood veneering isn’t effective at making furniture look good, or that it’s ‘cheap’. The truth is that wood veneering, when done well, is inexpensive,but still offers high-quality results – indeed, the only thing that really makes veneering look cheap is poor workmanship.

Such a long-established process as wood veneering doesn’t just bring aesthetic advantages, however, as the below list of points goes some way to demonstrating.

It’s better for the environment

The layers used for veneering are extremely thin, which means that one tree or log can produce a vast amount of veneered wood – maximising its potential.

Veneering is also beneficial for trees that grow slower, such as oak and maple, as fewer trees need to be harvested in a short amount of time, which then gives those trees plenty of time to grow back and renew our natural resources.

It’s better for your bank account

You’ll find that veneers tend to be made with rarer woods such as oak, mahogany and walnut – which, in turn, are more expensive. As veneering only uses a thin layer of these woods over a less expensive inner, you’ll find that the cost is significantly reduced.

As well as reducing the initial price tag, veneered wood is also a lot less expensive to repair and maintain. Repairing rarer woods is a lot riskier, in part because you simply have greater value to possibly damage.

It offers flexibility

Veneered wood comes in very thin layers, which means it can easily be added to other pieces of wood to give different levels of flexibility – stronger or weaker, depending on what wood itis paired with.

Still not convinced? Contact Shelfdirect to find out more about why wood veneering could be right for you and your home when purchasing your next set of shelves.