A wooden desk finish will bring such a lovely tactile warmth to any space in your home, whether you choose to style your desk in a home office, create an impromptu workspace out of a corner nook, or use it as a handy surface space in your bedroom. An oak desk is ideal for bringing a hint of the outdoors inside and will add such a natural welcoming feel to your home office or workspace. To get the most out of a natural wood finish, style with bright colours and fresh pieces to really accentuate its textured appearance. Our wooden desks have been designed with both style and practicality in mind, allowing you to sit down to work comfortably. Once you’ve chosen your desk, all you need to do it find a cosy seat to match!
What is a wood veneer made of?
The wood veneer that we use for our range of desks is made up of thin slices of timber that have been bonded to an MDF core. The grain is then matched, with the wood being finished and treated with a sealant. Thick veneers give all the look of solid timber but with more stability as solid wood can be prone to splitting and warping. This isn’t an issue when it comes to a wooden veneer as the layers are glued together which therefore reduces the chance of the material cracking or splitting.
How can I style a wooden desk?
A great thing about having a wooden desk is that it's so versatile. You can coordinate it with other wooden pieces for a smooth and cohesive look, or you can contrast it with contemporary metal elements like brushed steel and chrome for a more modern spin on a classic finish. Alternatively, a wooden desk is a great opportunity to introduce a splash of colour into your home office or study, whether that’s through your choice of chair, wall paint or stationary, allowing you to really have some fun with your styling and make a wooden desk look right at home.
How do I clean a wood veneer?
To clean a veneer desk, we suggest that you use a damp, non-abrasive lint-free cloth and move in the direction of the wood grain. For more stubborn marks, all you should need is a dab of mild dishwashing detergent on your cloth. It’s best to wipe up any spills immediately as liquids can seep through the veneer and loosen the glue, but this is easily avoidable by wiping spills when they occur. Finally, we advise that you use coasters each time you place hot or cold drinks on the desk as this will give the surface an extra layer of protection against marks and general wear and tear.
What should I not do to a wood veneer surface?
Don’t use a sponge when cleaning a wood veneer desk as this will more than likely just spread the liquid. Instead, use a paper towel or a clean dishcloth. We strongly advise against using wax-based polishes or cleaning products as these are designed for raw solid timber rather than veneers and therefore could potentially damage the surface. If you are ever unsure about the cleaning product you are using, don’t go ahead and clean the whole desk but rather test a small area of the veneer that is out of sight, then if it works, you’re good to go!
After something slightly different?
a white oak desk might just be what you're after. White oak will give your study space a fresh and lighter look than traditional wood, but without the reflective quality of a gloss finish. White oak is ideal if you want a more subtle take on a contemporary vibe. With a white oak desk, you also get the textured wood grain detailing running throughout.
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