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.
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.
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.