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Birch Veneer

Birch Veneer

Using birch veneer is a cost-effective way of having aesthetic and elegant looking furniture. Let's find out more about this.
DecorDezine Staff
Last Updated: Oct 05, 2018
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Birch veneer, as the name suggests, is a veneer i.e. a wooden coating which is used usually for ornamental purposes or simply to give a protective layer on the wood furniture. Birch is a tree which is generally used for making furniture as it is a close-grained wood.
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Birch veneer is, as mentioned earlier, a sheet of wood that is used to lay and glue onto a piece of furniture for basically two reasons; it comes in very attractive and elegant shades of mild peach and browns, and it has a sheen that looks really aristocratic.
Modern Living Room Interior
While buying, you have to make sure that the entire length of the veneer for your home furniture or at least the veneer for one particular room is available in the same shade. 
Although it comes in not many variants, what happens is even a shade or two lighter and the change is significantly highlighted. You do not want to invest your hard-earned money and then land up disappointed or dissatisfied.
The main reason for people using birch veneers is for making the furniture cost-effective. That is to say, the main body and skeleton of a piece of furniture, say for example, the desk, is made of some other wood that does not burn a hole in your pocket and the veneer is just for making it look aesthetic and classy.
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Now, an interesting thing is that the birch veneer can be made to look differently. That means it is versatile and depending on the way it is cut, the appearance of the veneer can be changed as you like.
For example, you can have a plain and simple even look which will be as smooth like a plain sheet of paper, or else, a flecked and grainy look.
Antique Room Interior
More often than not, people go for the plain variety in the subtle shades of white or brown if they wish to add a very modernized look to their home d├ęcor. However, there are others who simply love the look of antique furniture, and opt for the grainy version of birch veneer.
The best thing about using birch veneer is that you can apply it all by yourself, with only a few materials, such as adhesive and sandpaper, and you are set. You need to have the furniture before that! So assuming you have the furniture ready, the next step is to just rub the surface of the furniture with sandpaper until it is smooth to the touch.
This helps in proper fitment of the veneer and even level of adhesive application. The smoother you rub, the better it will stick and longer it will last.
Lastly, people who feel that birch veneer is a little hard to fit in their budget, there is no reason for you to be sad because you can go for sunmica. It has an almost similar look but is not of the same quality as birch veneer. Whatever you use, give the finishing touches, and to rub the border of the furniture surface where you have stuck the veneer.
An important tip is, when you go out to buy it, do ask the dealer how he plans to sell it. Many dealers give it in a particular number of sets. So it is better you take along the dimensions of the surface where you want it to be put, and then negotiate the price. Hope you find this information useful.