Veneer versus Solid Wood: Quality Insights for Discerning Buyers

The Beauty and Durability of Real Wood Veneer:

At House of Cascadia, we're passionate about showcasing the enduring craftsmanship and design flexibility that real wood veneer brings to vintage Mid-Century Modern furniture. There's a prevailing misconception in North America, that equates veneer with inferior quality when compared to solid wood. The continued existence of vintage Mid-Century Modern furniture from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s stands as proof of the lasting strength and longevity of wood veneer furniture. Veneer is not just a layer; it's an artful application of real wood, often walnut, teak or rosewood, over a substrate. When you explore our collection, know that our commitment to transparency means we will explicitly highlight when a piece deviates from the standard use of veneer.

How common is the use of Veneer?

Veneer is not just common; it's essentially the standard in furniture manufacturing, particularly in Mid-Century Modern designs. Most MCM furniture features walnut, teak or rosewood veneer placed over a substrate, highlighting its pervasive presence and acceptance in the industry. Iconic pieces, notably those crafted with Danish teak, underscore the lasting beauty and quality associated with veneer surfaces.

Why isn't solid wood furniture as popular as veneer furniture construction?
Solid wood furniture, while having rustic charm, comes with its drawbacks. It is susceptible to surrounding conditions, making it prone to small cracks and warping in certain circumstances. Changes in temperature, humidity, and exposure to strong sunlight can contribute to these issues. These imperfections are a natural and uncontrollable characteristic of solid wood. Veneered construction, on the other hand, keeps pieces sturdy and square, ensuring longevity and resilience.