The right office furniture can be a smart, long-term investment. What often contributes to its value and function is the quality of the materials used to make it. As for which products you might choose, it depends on what matters most to you. Wood, for instance, has classic beauty. Laminate, on the other hand, is more affordable and versatile. And veneer is known for its durability. Here’s a closer look at what you need to know about these office furniture materials.
Made by pressing together heavy duty layers with a substance called melamine, laminate is a material that’s highly versatile and decorative. When used to craft furniture, it’s usually made to have a wood-like pattern covered with a protective coating. Laminate products tend to work well in waiting rooms and similar high-traffic areas because of flame retardant and antibacterial qualities. It’s not possible to sand or stain laminates, although it can be an appealing material since it is:
• Easy to clean and maintain
• Highly resistant to stains and scratches
• Budget-friendly and ideal for demanding work environments
Typically made from thin strips of wood attached to a thick substrate like plywood, veneer is a natural material that offers a rich, varied look. Wood veneer is softer, which means it may be more susceptible to scratches. However, protective desk pads can minimize this issue. While veneer isn’t solid wood, it does provide the look and feel of natural wood. Veneer is a cost-effective choice that’s also:
• Easy to sand and refinish when it’s time for a refreshed look
• Resistant to warping and easy to clean
• Able to be customized to match many different grains
Solid wood offers unmatched sophistication. It’s also a material that can last for many years with proper care. While wood is more of an investment, it can definitely make a good impression on clients. Solid and sturdy, wood furniture tends to be bulky as well; and you’ll need be mindful of moisture exposure. Still, it can be a good long-term investment if you have a flexible budget. Also, wood can be a wise choice if you prefer:
• Solid construction with a secure design that makes repairs easier
• Multiple stain and color options
• A material that can be easily refinished if you want to refresh its surface appearance
There are some lingering myths that laminate and veneer aren’t of the same quality as wood. However, the fact is that many of the office furniture products that mimic wood-like surfaces are just as good as authentic wood. What you choose will ultimately come down to is what’s right for your personal preferences, intended use, and budget.
If you need some help making your selections, the team from Office Innovations is here for you. Contact us today learn more about our installation, delivery, and assembly services.