The simple answer is “No”. I surveyed all of the Schneiderman’s Furniture sales associates recently and this was one of the most common questions asked by customers. People have a variety of opinions about this but we wanted to try and shed some light on the situation.
Basically, solid wood furniture is furniture made of solid wood. It is usually very sturdy and strong and the lines are more often simple, clean and the intricate details are kept to a minimum. Solid wood often has a more craftsman look or mission look and some people just prefer the simplicity and integrity of solid wood. Veneer is still wood, it is simply a thin layer of one kind of wood (often a rare wood or a wood known for it’s beauty of grain) glued over a piece of solid wood or in some instances MDF or plywood. Veneers allow for intricate detailing such as inlays and parquet patterns. Veneer also often adds an extra layer of strength to solid wood furniture. While we do the best we can to make sure solid wood is kiln dried and aged in order to prevent splitting or drying, sometimes, in drastic humidity changes, solid wood can still form cracks. Veneers help to prevent this.
Really it just comes down to personal preference.
Watch Chad and Susan explain the differences in more detail below.
What do you think? Do you have a preference between solid wood and veneer? Does it make a difference what type of furniture it is and what you will be using it for?