Many people believe they purchased furniture that is solid wood
but when there's damage they realize it wasn't solid wood after
all. At Mohawk Consumer Products we get inquiries on how to repair
damages to furniture. Before you can make a repair on your
furniture, it's important to know what your furniture is made of.
Is it solid wood, veneer, or laminate furniture?
Let's briefly explore the three types of products furniture is
typically made of; laminate, veneer and solid wood.
Laminate furniture is made by pressing together multiple layers
of plastic resins and flat paper.
The wood grain is made through a printing process. With today's
technology, some laminate includes a texture to simulate real wood.
Most laminate furniture has a clear, protective film over it
preventing scratches and increasing life durability. Because of its
shiny smooth surface, laminate furniture is the easiest to
Furniture made with veneer is even more difficult to separate
from a solid wood piece because veneer is made from real wood.
In these photos you can see how veneer is made by having
machine shave thin layers from a log.
Veneer can be placed over a wood base or particleboard and even
have live edges glued around it convincing a lot of furniture
buyers they are purchasing a solid wood piece of furniture when in
fact, it is veneer. Some furniture makers will place a thin
protective clear film on top for protection.
Solid wood, as the name suggests has no veneer or laminate. As
it is more costly, solid wood is much more durable. Solid wood
furniture has much more craftsmanship involved. And, as many of our
followers can attest, many solid wood furniture pieces are a work
Once you know what your furniture is made of, you can know best
how to clean and repair it. Repairs can be made in all three types
of furniture by using a variety of Mohawk Consumer Products
including Epoxy Putty Stick, Hard Fill, Background Markers, Brush
Tip Markers, etc. It's important to know that the only type of
furniture that can be refinished is solid wood.