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Difference Between Solid Wood & Veneer Furniture

October, 2022

Why you should choose Solid Wood furniture

It's no secret that wood furniture is a popular choice for many homeowners. There are many different types of wood furniture available on the market, but two of the most common are solid wood and veneer. So what's the difference?
Solid wood is made from a single piece of lumber, while the veneer is a thin layer of real wood that is glued to a substrate such as particleboard or MDF. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at these two types of furniture and explain the differences between them.
solid wood furniture

Solid Wood vs Veneer Furniture

Hardwood furniture is typically more expensive than veneer because it is made from a single piece of wood. This means that solid wood furniture is more durable and will last longer than veneer. Solid wood can also be sanded down and refinished if it becomes scratched or damaged over time.
Veneer, on the other hand, is a thin layer of wood that is glued to a substrate. Veneer furniture is typically less expensive than solid wood because it uses less lumber. However, it is not as durable as solid wood and can be damaged easily. This type of furniture also cannot be sanded down and refinished like solid wood.

solid wood furniture

Solid Wood or Veneer?

Here are some pros and cons about both furniture materials:

Solid Wood or Timber


  • It is very sturdy and can last for many years if well-maintained
  • It is a natural material and therefore has a unique look and feel that cannot be replicated by synthetic materials.
  • It is environmentally friendly, as the trees used to make solid wood furniture are sustainable.
  • Solid wood furniture is an investment that can last a lifetime if properly cared for.


  • Solid wood furniture is heavy and difficult to move.
  • It is important to polish solid wood furniture regularly to keep it looking its best.
  • It can be expensive.

MDF (Veneer)


  • Veneer is a thin layer of material that is glued to a variety of materials, including wood, plastic, or metal.
  • Can give the furniture a new look without the expense of buying new furniture.
  • Veneer damage is easy to repair.


  • Veneer can chip and peel if it is not properly cared for.
  • The adhesive that holds the veneer in place can also damage the underlying surface if it is not removed properly.
  • Veneer furniture is not as durable as solid wood furniture.

solid wood table


So which one should you choose? It really depends on your needs and budget. If you are looking for something that is very sturdy and will last for many years, then solid wood is the best option. However, if you are on a tight budget, veneer furniture is a good alternative. Either way, be sure to dust and polish your wood furniture regularly to keep it looking its best.
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