If you’re shopping for furniture, chances are you’ve come across the terms ‘veneer’ and ‘solid’ timber. We'll explain the pros and cons for both to help you decide when making your next furniture purchase.
Veneer is a thin decorative layer of material glued on top of a medium. Veneer is therefore used to dress up or even hide a less desirable or appealing material.
‘Solid timber’ is 100% pure wood, through and through. Quality furniture will usually utilise hardwoods such as Oak, Ash or beech wood. This is especially the case on high use items such as dining tables and chairs. Pine wood is sometimes used, however this is typically a cheaper wood due to its lower durability.
While veneer furniture may suit customers on a budget, we have seen retailers list veneer pieces at premiun prices. We recommend that next time you're shopping, to ask if pieces are solid timber or timber veneer. Always do your price comparisons (including online) before making a final decision.