Different Types of Wood Veneer and Their Uses

Published on: January 8, 2022
Written by Eric Devin / Fact-checked by David Rowan

Wood veneer referred to decorative thin slices of wood, which are usually bonded with adhesive onto low-cost main panels to create uniform or flat panels for doors, parts of furniture, floorboard, tops, panels, etc. The slices are usually thinner than 3 mm.

Common species of wood including teak, maple, walnut, and bamboo are also used to make the veneer. Besides, ash, birch, cherry, oak, etc. also are good veneers. Veneers are popularly used for interior and exterior improvement, furniture, decorative pieces, artistic inlay, executive offices, reception outlets, hotel lobbies, luxury boxes, etc. to create an illustrious look to the entire environment.  

different types of wood veneer

However, I have compiled the types of wood veneers and their uses through this article to give you a general idea so that you can apply your knowledge for your forthcoming house construction or interior or exterior decoration projects.  

Types of Wood Veneer

As discussed, veneer refers to the thinly sliced decorative wood piece which is usually pasted on the low-cost main panel to create flat panels used for indoor and outdoor decoration, decorative pieces as well as renovation projects. There are four common types of veneers available in the market popularly used by woodworking professionals, interior decorators, and homeowners considering their designs and quality. 

1. Rotary Cut Veneer

Rotary-cut veneer is processed by peeling the entire log. The rotary-shaped slices are produced in the lathe by turning the log while chipping takes place. A rotary veneer is widely used for plywood across the world. Its use is not recommended for decorative finishing.   

2. Backed Veneer

Baked veneer, recognized as one of the most costly veneers comes in multiple sizes and this type is seared by cloth, plastic, particle board, or foil to give it enough strength and flexibility. Its flexibility feature adds value while pasting them on curved or flat panels. Choosing baked veneers is considered to be worthwhile in terms of investment and interior remodeling projects.   

3. Raw Wood Veneer

Raw wood veneer is manufactured from various types of exotic trees possessing excellent grain patterns. Woodworkers love to use these multiple wood grain patterns for making a wide range of classic items. Raw wood veneer is relatively cheaper and used only for flat panels.   

4. Laminate Veneer

A laminate veneer is made by bonding the multiple wood slices with the glue to achieve a sturdier panel. They are used for frame boards, headers, and beams. Identical to plywood, a laminate veneer is recognized for its durability and consistent hardness. Woodworking and construction professionals prefer laminate veneers to use them for house construction.

Advantages of Using Wood Veneer Over Solid Wood

1. Wood veneer is more affordable than solid wood, making it a great choice for budget-conscious consumers.

2. It is available in a wide variety of species and types, making it easy to find a look that fits your design.

3. Veneer is thinner and lighter than solid wood, making it easier to work with and install.

4. It is more resistant to splitting, cracking, and warping than solid wood.

5. Wood veneer is often more consistent in color and grain pattern than solid wood, making it an excellent choice for those who want a uniform look.

6. It is more environmentally friendly than solid wood, as it uses less wood in its construction.

Application of Veneers

As mentioned earlier, veneers are brilliant, thinly sliced wood sheets with various great wood grain patterns that give the simple workpiece an aesthetic look. Let’s discuss which projects you can consider veneers to use.  


For all kinds of wooden furniture including cabinets, dressers, chairs, tables, and many more, wood veneers could be the best choice to create a stunning look. 

Executive Offices 

Veneers are also a great choice for remodeling conference rooms, reception desks, executive offices, restaurant and hotel lobbies, etc. 

Decorative Inlay 

By using various dyed wood veneers with exotic wood patterns, you can decorate your inlay. 

Decorative Piece 

Veneers are a great choice to create eye-catching classic items that would give your interiors a great look with a reasonable and low-cost budget. 

Interior Decoration 

Woodworkers and interior decorators widely use veneers to create an artistic look for ceilings, walls, floors, etc. 

Luxury Boxes 

Veneers are widely recognized as brilliant sheets to make luxury products like soap boxes, tags, jewelry boxes, spice boxes, wine boxes, gift boxes, wine boxes, and so on. 

What Kinds of Finishes Can Be Applied to Wood Veneer

Wood veneer finishes can be divided into two main categories: penetrating finishes and surface finishes. Penetrating finishes, such as oil and wax, soak into the wood fibers and are absorbed into the wood. These finishes protect the wood from being damaged by dirt and moisture, but do not produce a glossy or shiny finish. Surface finishes, such as lacquer, paint, and varnish, provide a layer of protection on the surface of the wood and create a glossy or shiny effect. Both types of finishes are available in various colors, allowing you to customize the look of your wood veneer.

Concluding Remarks

I hope the compilation of the types of veneers and their application would help you understand veneers and their unique features. As I discussed earlier, veneers would give an exotic look to the remodeled interior and exterior. 

Always take care of the quality when purchasing them from the market as the markets are flooded with different types of veneers in different names and brands. 

Always try to stay updated with related information and knowledge for continuous learning and proficient management of your projects. You should take care of safety issues to prevent workplace injuries and hazards.    

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author eric devin

Hi, I am Eric Devin and I am a professional interior architect. Since childhood, I've always enjoyed DIY projects! And, I have loved to solve simple household problems using essential tools and equipment. I have also acquired a lot of information about basic household tools settings by working with contractors.

Hi, I am Eric Devin and I am a professional interior architect. Since childhood, I've always enjoyed DIY projects! And, I have loved to solve simple household problems using essential tools and equipment. I have also acquired a lot of information about basic household tools settings by working with contractors.

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