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Laminated Vs Veneered Doors

Choosing between a laminated or veneered door can be confusing, but we're here to help you make the right decision for your needs.


Choosing the perfect internal doors for your home is very much a personal one and for most of us, there are many things that you will want to take into consideration. Something to bear in mind is whether you want a laminated or painted door, or if a veneered door would be better for your needs. Understanding the differences can be overwhelming which is why we’re here to help guide you to purchase the right one for you. 

Wood Grain 

When it comes to doors, appearances are important because they are something that you are going to look at every single day and they have the power to completely change the overall feel of a room or your entire home 

Are you the type of person that likes the idea of all the doors in your home being consistent in appearance, with the same wood grain effect, even if in different styles to match different areas (glazed or unglazed, for example)? If this sounds like you, then you should choose a laminate door. This is particularly nice if you have a super sleek and modern home. 

On the other hand, if you want your doors to have a unique look with character then a veneered door, such as the Tigris Oak from JB Kind, is the better option for you. Offering a more natural wood grain that is different for every individual door. This is popular for more traditional styles of home. 

Summary: If you like consistency, choose laminated doors, but if you want each door to be unique, opt for a veneered option. 


There are two types of people: those who don't have the time to do anything other than hanging the door, and those that have and want to spend time getting it exactly how they want it, perhaps to achieve a very specific look. 

If you are keen to purchase a pre-finished door that is ready to hang straight away, then you could choose any laminate door or a pre-finished veneered door, such as the Alabama Cinza from JB Kind. On the other hand, if you want to add your own paint or stain, then you should choose an unfinished veneered door.  

Summary: All laminate doors are pre-finished, whilst veneered doors are available in both pre-finished and unfinished options, to suit your needs. 


Colour Options 

When it comes to most parts of the home, colour is a very personal thing, and this is very much the case when it comes to doors. As with finish, the colour of doors generally places each of us into one of two boxes: those that love the traditional timber colour palettes such as natural rich walnuts and smooth oaks in which case you may be drawn to a veneered door. Then there are those who prefer a less natural colour palette such as greys in both deep and subtle varieties, as well as ivory, which are options in our laminate range. 

Summary: All laminate doors are available in stunning contemporary colours, whilst our veneered doors represent the natural beauty of timber colouring. 

Overall, there are many different factors that you’ll be thinking about when choosing doors, of which you’ll need to prioritise to suit your needs to ensure that you make the best decision for you. If cost is the highest priority for you, our laminates are very competitively priced, whilst the natural veneer doors are great if you are looking to add a bit of luxury to your home. 


Kat Musselwhite - HT Blogger