Decorative Door Veneers: 5 of the best options

We take a look at the basics of decorative door veneers, and five of the best options when it comes to choosing the right design for your door.

What is a Door Veneer?

A veneer is a flat, thin piece of wood – usually, no thicker than 6mm – that is used to cover a door, giving it a unique look and finish that usually resembles wood or timber.

Why Choose a Veneer?

Decorative door veneers are most often used to improve the appearance of a door and/or to conceal the material it is actually made of.

For example, you may have a set of fire doors that are made of aluminium, but you want them to look like wood so that they blend with the aesthetic design of your building.

  • Wood veneers often create an ambience of warmth and nature in your space.
  • They can also introduce a much more luxurious angle to your interior design than the manufactured door itself.
  • Veneers are highly versatile and can be cut to fit almost any door or shape.
  • As manufactured solutions, they can be better than using solid wood/timber, which can sometimes change due to environmental factors like humidity or temperature. Minimizes risk of wood splitting or warping
  • If you choose a veneer that has come from an approved/certified environmental source, you’ll also be aiding the environment and the sustainable management of our timber forests.
  • Veneers make doors/items of furniture easier to clean.

Decorative Door Veneers

Types of Decorative Door Veneers

There are several options when it comes to selecting the right veneer for your building or space.

Most decorative veneers can be fitted to any door and are usually glued on.

1. Wood Colours:

You can choose the type of wood species/veneer you would like for your door, to ensure that it merges with the design of your premises.

For instance, you can choose veneers that resemble lighter woods like oak, maple or birch, or veneers made from darker woods, like walnut or mahogany.

2. Grain Patterns:

It’s also possible to choose the wood ‘type’ or grain pattern of the veneer to help you achieve a specific look.

Different grains are produced by cutting and splicing the wood in different ways. Common grains/cuts include plain, crown, quarter sliced, rotary, rift, birdseye and quilted. If you have a wide range of doors/items to cover, the grain can often be maintained by sourcing the wood from a single log.

3. Veneer Shaping:

Wood veneers are very versatile, meaning they can be shaped to fit the desired size, shape and configuration of your doors.

Different veneer leaves or panels can also be joined to create either seamless designs or patterned effects, providing you with a huge range of flexibility and design possibilities.

4. Veneer Finishes:

Wood veneers can also be further manipulated during or after the manufacture of your doors. They can be sanded, lacquered, stained, glazed or even painted to help you achieve your desired door appearance.

5. Reconstructed Veneers:

Reconstructed veneers are veneers made from a range of available timbers, which are peeled and manufactured (and often dyed) into veneer sheets.

The advantages of reconstructed veneers are that their grain is very controlled, meaning they can offer a stronger consistency in pattern and colour and are also therefore easy to replace.

This may be ideal for businesses or buildings that want to maintain a particular design long-term, but that also experience high levels of traffic or are subject to constant wear and tear.

Wondering what type of veneer, type or grain will be best for your space?

Get in touch

At FSE Special Purpose Doors, we help dozens of clients match the right door to the building. 

Talk to us at FSE Special Purpose Doors, and we can show you some examples and help you make the right veneer decision. Contact FSE Special Purpose Doors on [email protected] or call +61 2 9905 8222. With many years of practice under our belt, we’ll be more than happy to assist you. 

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