If you don’t look too closely, you could be forgiven for not knowing that most of the wooden furniture you see in your average furniture store doesn’t really have much wood on it at all – or at least, it’s not built of solid wood.
Solid wood is really mostly a thing of the past. Today’s furniture often comes with either laminate or wood veneer. These are two choices for more affordable manufacturing that have pushed solid hardwood furniture into its own niche category.
So how do you choose between different laminate or veneer options?
The first thing to know is that laminate doesn’t involve any wood at all, and is also much cheaper than wood veneer.
Laminate consists of a kind of synthetic material (not wood) applied to a substrate. The result is fairly durable and also can be easily cleaned. That makes laminate a good choice for some types of office furniture. The downside is that it’s not wood, and a lot of people might prefer wood veneer for its authenticity.
Another point about laminate is that if you’re going in the direction of choosing laminate furniture, you don’t have to have a wood-grain design at all. Any design can be fabricated in laminate – just look at some of our modern office furniture catalogs to see how customers are choosing modern solid color or minimalist designs. Laminate can fit the bill pretty well for an office that wants to invest in modernity while controlling cost. But for others, wood is still the way to go, and laminate might seem like a less viable choice.
For those who want wood veneer furniture, some of the benefits include the ability to sand or stain the surface. However, along with that, wood veneer will scratch and wear the same way that wood will, where laminate can be more scratch-resistant.
Now that you know a little about laminate versus wood veneer, it’s important to note that there are other ranges of options available in each category. There’s the choice between low-pressure laminate or high-pressure laminate – again, low-pressure laminate is cheaper, but often less durable. Buyers can choose from a range of options that will ultimately affect how they use the furniture.
In terms of wood veneer, there are different thicknesses of veneer to choose from. You can have a very thin outer layer of wood, or a thicker wood veneer for an even more authentic look and feel. In general, the standard is to go with wood veneer in a fraction of an inch – but it’s not hard to imagine how beefing up the thickness by a quarter of an inch or two can contribute to a more solid-seeming outer wooden surface.
Come in to Mammoth Office Furniture and we will help you sort through all of these options to come up with the best choice for your office furniture. We love helping our clients to balance price, style, durability, and the overall impression of the furniture they choose to make sure that they get the results they want.
It’s that time again – all over the country, students of all ages are heading back to the classroom. From kindergarten to college, Americans are sharpening their pencils and getting their notebooks ready – and that means they are looking for everything they need to succeed!
Back-to-school season is always a big season for furniture retailers. Customers are looking for desks for young students who need a better place to study and keep their books and school supplies. Of course, some are also looking for a study desk for a commuting college student, or a home office desk for an adult who may be taking additional course work or starting a new career.
At Mammoth Office Furniture, we excel in helping our customers to find the best home desk solutions. Whether it’s a home office setup or a study desk, we can point our visitors in the right direction to get the furniture that will fit their budget while providing great results and long-lasting use.
With our extensive collection of new and used furniture, our customers have a lot to choose from. Take a look at these Aberdeen height adjustable bow front desks that really set the bar high for business or personal use. When you want a top of the line product, desks like these can be a good fit.
If it’s a student desk you’re looking for, you may want something a little more basic; for traditional wooden designs to fit into an elegant home environment, items like the Keswick table desk offer simplicity in design. Or here’s another choice from our catalog of suppliers –the Lorell Essentials Computer Workstation is just one of our designs that retails for under $300.
We also have used desks available: take a look at our Used Office Furniture Price Guide to get deals on desks and more. A 48 inch student desk starts at just $175!
Here’s another question you’ll want to ask when shopping for an office or study desk: what’s the best solution for your purchase, a sitting, standing or height-adjustable desk?
For business, standing desks are becoming extremely popular. Medical science is telling us that it’s a good idea to stand from time to time, to lower the pressure on the body’s circulatory system and generally to stretch your legs, preventing some of the problems we find come with long-term sitting.
On the other hand, for students, a standing desk is often unnecessary. Young people tend to be more active, and their studies don’t usually leave them sitting at their desks eight hours a day, so it may not make sense to invest in a standing desk model.
Come take a look at everything you can get for back-to-school time at Mammoth Office Furniture. Get great prices, excellent customer service and convenient delivery from our Herndon, VA location. We’re ready to help you bring your new desk home!