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Showing the Quality of the Americana Home Office Collection

 Quality Construction: Click images for full size view: Why it’s important:
Full Extension Glides
Full extension glides add to the overall longevity of the furniture’s life.
Cherry Woods
 Cherry Wood Grain Pattern  Cherry wood has a very distinctive and dramatic grain pattern.  It’s a highly regarded look in quality furnishings.
Finished Drawers
 Finished drawers  Sanded and finished drawers show off the fine Cherry pattern of the Americana drawers.
Quality Hardware
 Fittings that fit
Flush and securely fastened hardware are simple but important features of this desk.
Overall Quality Construction
 Touch lighting This isn’t the least expensive desk on the market… though it is the best value.

A Solid Wood Desk versus a Desk Made with Veneers, whats the difference?

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Today I received a great question from Anne; who asked: “How is this office furniture constructed?  Is it made with veneers?” – now I field this question a lot, so I though it would be best to put my answer and ensuing information down on a post for all to see!  If you have any questions after reading this post about the virtues of solid wood construction versus veneer construction (or the other way around), email me at sales@furniturefromhome.com.  At our home furniture store, we’re waiting to serve you!

First let me start with this:

This article is NOT meant to convince you that Solid wood office desks are inferior… I’m not going to waste my time trying to tell you that you should buy a product made with veneer (inherently inferior in strength.)  There are a TON of good reasons to buy a product made with veneer… Because it going to last longer than a solid wood desk, is not one of the qualities!

What is Veneer?

There are three types of veneer:

Paper Veneer: a paper product usually printed with a wood grain glued on top of MDF (medium density fiberboard) and passed off as wood furniture… it’s the cheapest, ugliest, tackiest stuff that anybody taking the time to read this blog would NEVER order for their home.

Plastic Veneer: a plastic usually about a 1/16″ thick that is glued on top of MDF.  It’s the second cheapest; not necessarily ugly (depending on the style – think Ikea) – you likely had this type of furniture in your younger years… but, again, if you are taking the time to read the words on this blog, this is not likely the type of home office furnishings that you want!

Wood Veneer: a thin slice of wood that is glued over MDF and sometimes solid wood components.  It’s commonly used in quality home furnishings for the reasons described below

If you are reading this blog, do not buy plastic or paper veneer products.  They are beneath you.  Having said that, there are reasons why Wood Veneer desks are so easy to come by and solid wood desks are not.

How is Wood Veneer Made?

Picture pealing an apple.  You start on the outside core of the apple and you make a thin continuous slice.  Large logs are stripped of their branches and then run through high tech laser cutting mill, which cuts the log from the outside in, much like you would peal your apple.  That thin slice of wood is then cut into manageable piece and straightened for production in furniture.

Quality Wood Veneer Construction:

A quality wood veneer desk (like those offered for sale in our home office department) is made with a solid wood structure and then finished with a beautiful wood veneer in the flat open areas.  This construction technique allows the manufacturer to use less wood; spend less time kiln drying solid wood components and most importantly get more creative with the intricate designs that we are accustomed to seeing in quality furnishings.  So to recap: a quality wood veneer desk has a solid wood frame and wood veneer over the large open surface areas.  The solid wood frame makes the desk sturdy and resistent to damage; the wood veneer saves money and allows for a more intricate design.

Why can’t I find Solid Wood Office Desks?

You can.  Here is a link to some of the finest solid wood office desks in the country.  But, why do you want solid wood office desks?  Solid wood desks are decidedly more simple in design and considerably more expensive.  A quality wood veneer desk is usually going to be much more beautifully designed and the longevity of life doesn’t have to be compromised just because a desk is made with veneer.   What you really want to stay away from is poorly made veneer desks.  You can tell the difference by asking any expert, like myself, to compare for you.  Or you can stick to well known brands, like Winners Only Furniture, which makes the finest wood veneer desk in their price point.