Because it is manufactured from real wood, wood veneer has the appearance and texture of natural wood. A thin layer of actual wood is glued to an underlying substrate to form wood veneer. While some manufacturers utilize plywood as a substrate, wood veneer is most typically applied to plywood, which is the same material used to make cabinet boxes.
Wood veneer can be used for furniture, tables, and other surfaces where touch and texture are displayed, such as in business offices, conference rooms, reception desks, and even home offices, in addition to kitchen cabinets. Wood veneer is used to embellish furniture for both homes and commercial enterprises, such as hotels and businesses.
Wood veneer cabinets are often found in slab door styles or utilized as center panels for 5 piece doors.
In reality, if you choose a slab door with a wood aesthetic, you'll almost certainly get wood veneer. This is due to the material's low cost, as well as solid wood's tendency to distort. Furthermore, wood veneer is offered in the same wood species as all solid door options, so there is a wide variety of wood grains and species to choose from.
Depending on your manufacturer, some wood veneers may only be available in six-inch-wide thin strips. As a result, you'll see the wood grain strip before they go on to the next pattern.
Wood veneer is also an excellent technique to use harder-to-find exotic woods like bamboo and mahogany. These wood species can be made into wood veneer at a fraction of the cost.
Some of the more popular and affordable woods, such as maple or oak, will be constantly produced in considerably smaller quantities. This results in wider sheets of veneer, with a more consistent grain appearance.
Wood veneer surfaces are reasonably durable, but in numerous respects, they fall short of solid wood cabinets.
The biggest issue with wood veneer is its vulnerability to water damage. That brings us back to the plywood substrate: if water gets past the veneer, it can spread into the plywood and expand the door. Water damage or excessive moisture can cause the veneer layer to detach or "bubble" from its base.
When compared to real wood, wood veneer is more susceptible to scuffs and scratches. Don't worry, they're simple to deal with. Mild scuffs can be covered with a firm furniture polish, but deeper scratches may necessitate the use of a wax filler to hide the damage.
In general, the design flexibility of the veneer material is limited, but there is some design flexibility around those limits.
The sheets cannot be applied to any 5-piece panel cabinet doors, which is the fundamental aesthetic constraint of wood veneer cabinets. Wood veneer, like melamine cabinets, can only be used on flat, slab doors.
Although this isn't an option for raised panel doors (you'll have to go with solid wood), wood veneer can be used in 5-piece doors. A 5-piece door has one huge central panel with two rails and two stiles forming a border on top.