Wallpaper based on wood veneer is a relatively new, but rapidly gaining popularity finishing material, which amazes with its appearance, naturalness and performance. They fit perfectly into the classic interior, make the room cozy and warm, but today not everyone knows how to choose the right wallpaper based on wood veneer, and how best to glue them so that the material retains all its best qualities.
Wood has long been known for its many virtues and has been used for centuries to make furniture and furnish floor coverings. However, this material retains all its useful properties when used as a wall covering. Today, several types of wall coverings are made from wood, and one of them is wallpaper based on wood veneer.
The material consists of two layers: one is thick paper, and the second is veneer with a thickness of about 0.1 mm. The veneer can be made from larch, alder, sandalwood, cherry wood, etc. Depending on the type of wood, the appearance, color and pattern of the coating will be different, so everyone can find an option to their liking. From above, the wallpaper is sometimes coated with varnish or wax to give them additional strength properties. The width of the wallpaper, as a rule, is 50-70 cm. Although plywood wallpaper, as the material is also called, is not cheap, it will still cost you less than decorating the walls with wooden panels, but the appearance will be almost identical.
Advantages and disadvantages
Wood veneer-based wallpapers have many advantages that explain their growing popularity. Among the main ones are:
high environmental friendliness, since the material contains only natural ingredients that are not capable of causing allergies or more serious diseases;
vapor permeability, due to which an optimal microclimate in the room is ensured;
high resistance to damage, durability;
- the material is resistant to UV rays, so they can be used even in sunny rooms, without fear that they will lose their original appearance;
- wallpaper gives the room additional heat and sound insulation properties;
noble appearance, thanks to which the room becomes more comfortable. It is worth noting that there are a lot of techniques for cutting veneer and gluing it, so even from the wood of the same tree, you can get material with a different texture. In addition, each breed has its own unique color and texture, so you can choose the option that best suits your ideas;
- slightly perceptible woody aroma.
It should be noted that plywood wallpaper also has some disadvantages, among which the main ones are:
cost, because these wallpapers are more expensive than paper or vinyl, but the price is fully justified by its durability and naturalness;
- when installing such wallpaper, it is important to avoid mistakes, otherwise, as a result, you can get significant deformations that will be noticeable with the naked eye;
- you can also face difficulties when choosing a picture. Rolls of wallpaper, even from the same batch, may differ in color and texture, since the material is made from natural wood, which has a unique and inimitable pattern.
How to choose wood veneer wallpaper?
When choosing, first of all, it is worth proceeding from the appearance of the wallpaper, because the perception of the room depends on this. Of course, there are not very many possible colors and shades of plywood wallpaper, but there are plenty to choose from. The color range is presented in shades from light yellow to dark brown, the texture may also vary slightly.
In addition, the modern market offers conventional wallpaper based on wood veneer and the most modern version of it, wallpaper from thermowood. This material can boast of higher performance, better resistance to environmental factors. These wallpapers are naturally more expensive, but they will serve you faithfully for many years. This option is suitable for those who are distinguished by the stability of interior preferences and are not used to making repairs every two years.
Also, when choosing, you must carefully study the packaging of the product. It must be sealed and complete, contain all the necessary information. It is advisable for the manufacturer to supply each roll with instructions for gluing, as there may be some peculiarities during the installation of this material that are important to consider.
- You also need to pay attention to the availability of certificates of quality and safety, which will guarantee that you have a really durable and reliable material that will not harm your health.
- As with any other product, it is better not to be tempted by a temptingly low price, because manufacturers will not work to their detriment, and offer such high-quality and natural products at the price of ordinary paper wallpaper.
- The name of the manufacturer is also important.
Wallpaper based on wood veneer, like any wood product, is afraid of moisture, so it is better not to use them in rooms with high humidity. For bathrooms, kitchens and rooms where walls are sometimes damp, it is better to choose a different type of finish. But for living rooms and children’s rooms, such wallpapers are ideal.
- In addition to the choice of the wallpaper itself, due attention should be paid to the glue, because it largely depends on what result will be obtained after installing the finish. It is better to choose a specialized glue for such wallpapers to be sure of the reliability of the gluing.
How to glue wood veneer wallpaper?
In principle, gluing such wallpapers is not as difficult as it might seem at first glance. First, you need to carefully read all the rules and instructions supplied by the manufacturer. In the future, this will help to avoid mistakes that can spoil the appearance of the finish.
- First you need to prepare the surface of the walls: dismantle all the old finishes and get rid of irregularities, such as pits and depressions, if any. Plywood wallpapers do not require a perfectly smooth surface, but it should be sufficiently flat and without significant differences.
- After that, a primer is applied: it can be either a special composition or wallpaper glue diluted in water. A primer is necessary to ensure better adhesion of the wallpaper to the surface.
The glue is prepared clearly in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations on the package. It is necessary to strictly adhere to the proportions in which it is necessary to mix glue powder and water. Once again, it is worth emphasizing that it is very important to choose the right glue: if you have not found a composition intended for this type of wallpaper, then you can choose glue for heavy wallpaper.
Before gluing, it is better to immediately cut the required number of strips of wallpaper. To do this, you need to know the height of the ceilings, which, for accuracy, is best measured in several places in the room. In most cases, there are some deviations that may appear even when the wallpaper is cut, and then the aesthetic result will be more difficult to obtain.
- As with any wallpaper, it is best to mark the walls first. The width of the wallpaper roll is laid out from the corner, a strictly vertical line is drawn using a laser level, which will help to start gluing the wallpaper evenly. Beginners can mark the entire wall by measuring the width of the roll each time and drawing a vertical line.
The glue is applied both to the wallpaper and to the wall, since the material is quite heavy. They begin to glue from the window, and it is better to work together to avoid the appearance of folds and irregularities. Smooth the wallpaper with a sponge or rag, squeezing out excess glue and air bubbles. The excess is immediately removed with a sponge, and the next strip is glued end-to-end to the previous one.
Wood veneer wallpaper is a great option for organizing a classic interior. They add coziness and warmth to the house, have good operational qualities, and will serve you faithfully for many years. For best results, you only need to choose the right finishing material and familiarize yourself with the basic rules for gluing them.