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What Is the Difference Between Wood Veneer vs Laminate Office Furnishings?

At PVI Office Furniture, our sales team get this one question quite a bit. Customers may not be aware that wood veneer and laminate are two very different types of products. Both have there place in the office space and depending on your office and your needs, both are a great choice for your office furnishings. To give a brief breakdown, wood Veneer is a thin layer of real hardwood that is applied to a less expensive material such as plywood. Whereas laminate is a printed surface made to look like real wood. Laminate is usually made of plastic and bonded to a composite base.  When selecting what is right for your office furniture needs, here are some features of each to take into account.


Laminate Pros and Cons

Laminate is a man-made product. Laminate is a stronger material and tends to be heat- and scratch-resistant, which makes it a lot easier to maintain than real veneer. Laminate products are also budget friendly and that makes these types of office furniture items a prime choice for offices.  Keep in mind, however, that you will not get the same color variations that you would with veneer. So if cost and long term wear and tear is what you need for from your office furniture, laminate office furniture is your best bet.

Wood Veneer Pros and Cons

Wood veneer, on the other hand, is a thin layer of real wood that’s applied to a plywood base. Wood veneer is a natural material and with that material you get a richer and more varied look to the finish. With wood veneer, the process is more time consuming and there the price is higher for these furnishings than laminate furnishings. Wood veneer furniture is softer than laminate, therefore more susceptible to scratches and ding. There is more care and upkeep with wood veneer furniture, so you will need to take that into account when considering wood veneer furnishings.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to making your office furniture purchases and choosing between laminate and wood veneer furniture, it comes down choosing furniture that can be durable and consistent or furniture that will have natural beauty and variation that will enhance your office space.  It’s important to consider your office space needs and how you will be using the furniture as well. Consider talking with our Office Furniture Specialists at PVI who can navigate you through this process of selection on wood veneer and laminate products.

At PVI, we have several brand names for laminate and wood veneer office furniture include Officesource.  You can also take a tour of Frederick, MD showroom to see laminate and wood veneer pre-owned furniture up close and decide what will work for your space.

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