The popularity of the veneer dining table is growing considerably. Durable and stable, and better for the environment than solid wood, veneered furniture also offers the benefit of more imaginative design possibilities. Read on to discover why the veneer dining table is becoming the option of choice for a range of households, and budgets.
Is veneer good for a dining table?
If you are looking for a statement dining table that is unique and expresses all that you love about wood and interior design, then a veneer dining table is probably for you.
Whether it’s a large, rustic style oak dining table that seats an entire extended family, or a smaller piece for more intimate dining occasions, you will find that with wood veneer, you get to dictate the design and finish so much more so than with solid wood.
And there are more advantages when it comes to wood veneer furniture such as dining tables. Firstly, as it is solid wood thinly sliced into multiple pieces, it means that so much more can be gleaned from a single piece of wood. That means fewer trees, which spells good news for the environment.
Many people wonder whether choosing wood veneers over solid wood is the right thing to do. But there are many good reasons to do so.
Good quality veneer furniture for example is very stable, which is good news for dining tables. This is because the veneer is glued to a stable substrate, which means the surface is not prone to splitting or warping.
There is also an array of design possibilities for wood veneer tables, so you can create something truly imaginative. You can take thin slices of a range of exotic species to create a pattern or design that no one else would have, and it is even possible to inlay flourishes and marquetry to stunning effect.
How to care for a veneer dining table
Wood veneer furniture can blister, delaminate or peel if it is not treated with care. But preventing issues is straightforward. With a veneered dining table for example, the use of placemats and coasters will help to avoid marking. A regular light clean will also keep the table looking its best.
Think carefully about the placement of your dining table, as it if is placed in direct sunlight it could be prone to fading. If you have no choice but to locate your table by a window or doors, if possible keep the curtains or blinds closed during times of particularly intense sunshine, or use a UV screen to keep the harmful rays out. You could also cover your table during the daytime when you are out.
It is important to avoid damaging a veneer dining table with moisture. Clear up any spillages immediately because if liquids are left on the surface, they can easily seep through the veneer and dislodge the glue. Never use a sponge as this can spread the liquid. Instead, use a paper towel or dry cloth.
Equally important is protecting against heat. A veneer dining table will obviously be used during mealtimes, and it is essential to bear in mind that heat and steam from hot plates and cups has the ability to loosen the glue that keeps the veneer in place. Again, use placemats and coasters to protect the table. A heatproof mat will also protect the surface, as will trivets for serving bowls. Just make sure they have felt feet so as not to scratch the veneer.
Veneer dining table expertise from Read Veneers
Whether you’ve been commissioned to design a wood veneered dining table, or you are looking to have one made, you will find all the advice you need amongst the experts at Read Veneers.
From choosing your timber species through to selecting the cuts and matching techniques, and blending the finish of the table with the rest of your interior features, we have the knowhow to help you create the statement dining table of your dreams.
Why not get in touch today to talk to us about your individual veneer dining table requirements?