What is the difference between veneer and laminate?

Updated: Oct 30, 2019


Veneer refers to thin slices of wood and sometimes bark, usually thinner than 3 mm, that typically are glued onto core panels

Veneers are a covering that goes over the base wood and provide the impression that your furniture is genuine wood.

While they don’t change what’s underneath, wood veneers do have some distinct advantages.

Compared to wood, one of the primary advantages of using veneer is stability.

While solid wood can be prone to warping and splitting, because veneer is made of thin layers of wood glued together, the chances of splitting or cracking are reduced.

Ecological characteristics:

Recyclability and renewability: Wood has the least impact on total energy use, greenhouse gases, air and water pollution, solid waste and ecological resource use. Seventy percent less energy is required in the use of wood compared with any other building materials.

Sustainability: Using veneer extends the use of a piece of timber. The wood that might be used in one solid piece a few visible cms wide can cover a far greater area when used as a veneer.

Toxicity: Nontoxic; veneer stores carbon and also maximizes the use of harvested wood.


Lamination is the technique/process of manufacturing a material in multiple layers

so that the composite material achieves improved strength, stability, sound insulation, appearance, or other properties from the use of the differing materials.

Laminates are used as an overlay over wooden furniture. Standard laminates are used in normal applications like furniture, cabinetry, tabletops, etc. They are used for decorative walling and flooring.

Here are some advantages of laminates:

. easy to clean

.easier to install than many traditional surfaces

.available in numerous designs, patterns, colors and textures and hence it is pleasing

.It is very durable, hygienic and relatively easy to maintain.

No polishing painting is required

.can be installed over almost any existing floor

.It is moisture resistant

. Also, it is an impact, shock, and pressure-resistant

.It is highly resistant to scratch and abrasion.

Wooden bar - interior design
An example of veneer made bespoke bar

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