Solid Wood vs Veneer Office Furniture
Buying new office furniture is a relatively simple process –provided you’ve done your homework on exactly what you want and where to find it. Few people know that the differences between solid wood and veneer is what sets them apart in terms of lifespan and usability.
Solid Wood Office Furniture – Pros and Cons
Solid wood furniture is possibly the highest quality furnishing you can choose to deck your office out with. The most common types of wood used in the manufacture of office furniture is:
- Beech – a hard, strong and heavy wood
- Ash – a tough hardwood which is known for its excellent bending abilities
- Oak – a very popular wood, it is very hard wearing and heavy
Solid wood has tangible, visible quality. It is hard to the touch, typically polished beautifully and can be spotted by anyone looking hard enough. The biggest benefits is two-fold. Firstly, the aesthetic of solid wood gives off an air of absolute quality and lux – something to consider if that is the desired look of your office’s furnishings. Secondly, the durability and lifespan of solid wood is infinite. With the right treatment and daily care, this type of office furniture can last decades.
The biggest downfall, however, is that this furniture does require daily care and is costly. If a major expense is something you cannot foresee yourself handling, it might be better to opt for a wood-like finish, as opposed to solid wood.
Veneer Office Furniture- Pros and Cons
Veneer office furniture is the classy, better-looking sibling of melamine (LINK); this type of furniture has a glossy finish, similar in appearance to that of wood – at a fraction of the cost.
A great application for melamine is when selecting a mass-layout – such as a call centre or large office space. The reason for this is that you have high traffic in these areas. Often with newcomers, and the furniture itself will surely be under strain of daily use. Messed coffee, ink spills and scratches are unavoidable – so using solid wood in this instance will just cause heartbreak and a waste of money.
Veneer is hard-wearing and can be easily wiped down, which means maintenance should be a breeze.
In summary – when choosing a desk for your boardroom, executive desking or even managerial desks where impression and quality is key – solid wood might be a good choice. Price should not be a major concern either, as these types of desks can reach into the “expensive” category quite easily – but with the right care, can last a lifetime.
When choosing a hard-wearing yet good-looking material which is less expensive and needs to take the pressures of daily use – veneer is a great hybrid between quality and affordability.