Solid Oak Vs Oak Veneer

Oak veneer can be a great way to get the look whilst keeping to a tight budget, but if you've got a little more to spend, you can't beat solid oak for both looks and performance. 

So what's the difference? 

Oak veneer


A veneered product is made out of thin, decorative slices of high quality oak, affixed to a lower density core that will resist warping and moisture and therefore offer a good value alternative to solid oak. They can also be stained to produce a warm, rich finish. 

Solid oak


Solid oak products are just that - oak all the way through - making them more expensive, but their naturally dense material delivers a much better quality feel. 

Our solid oak products are laminated, which means that rather than using a single piece of oak, we use three separate pieces permanently bonded together. This process provides a stronger dimensional stability and is less likely to warp or crack, maintaining the solid oak quality, without the dangers associated with solid wood. 

Laminated products are well known for their durability, reliability and high quality. The surface resists scratches and stains, and can last an entire lifetime.


Both oak veneer and solid oak products require regular maintenance to ensure they retain their natural appearance. However, with the veneer, maintenance is not just about looks. It is also essential to retain the integrity of the product, as failure to do so may result in compromising the glue bond strength between the softwood core and the veneer.

For more information on maintaining your products, visit the looking after your products section.

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