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Need advice on Veneers

I have never had a lot of luck with veneer anything so when looking for a bed, I am hesitent on buying anything that has the wrod "veneer" on it.  What exactly does it mean when a description says. "black engineered wood, and cherry veneers"  Makes me think that a paper that looks like cherry is placed over the engineered wood and will wear off in time like every other veneer I've had.  

I am thinking it could also mean that they actually used real cherry wood for a veneer and that may not wear off like paper, but is there a chance of it coming apart?  It seems that 99% of solid wood bed frames are just out of my price range, but I'd rather spend an extra dollar or two if it meant something that will last.

Re: Need advice on Veneers

That is exactly what the term means, "A covering" Veneer is a very thing slice of wood, or like you mentioned, a picture of a piece of veneer. engineered wood is the scrap that is left over after cutting, routing, scrap, etc... It is ground down to saw dust, glued together with rosin, and then pressed into sheets. After it is cut to size, there is a veneer of some type glued over the entire surface to make it look like higher quality solid wood. It will never match that quality.

I would like to suggest something to you. Shop the higher quality second hand or antique stores. My wife & I have an old Victorian house, so new furniture just does not look period correct in our home. We found a few antique stores around the larger cities and have found some very great products at almost give away prices. We purchased an entire (12) piece, solid cherry, 4 post king size bedroom suit, for just over $700 delivered. It is solid and sturdy, and with a little cleaning, it looks brand new. Finding a king size bed that is antique is very difficult. We were not at the store that day to look for a bedroom suit, but we could not pass up on that bargin. We just do not purchase anything new today. It is all so cheap and low quality.

Hope this helps you a little in your decision


Handy Andy in Mt Airy NC

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