When you purchase quality contemporary office furniture you want to make certain that you are getting exactly what you need. When shopping for the perfect pieces to compliment your office you may wonder about some of the more obscure details to the furnishings. For example, though it may not be the first thing you think of, the finish used on your furniture can be just as important as the color, style and shape of the pieces you choose. After all, even the most decadent executive desk cannot stand the test of time if it is not properly protected. Here we help you to understand the difference between the two major finishes used on office furniture. It is our hope that this information will help you to make satisfying choices when looking for contemporary office furniture.
Varnish – Varnish is finish with a linseed base and a mix of solvents or thinners. It creates a hard protective surface and usually in a high gloss finish. It can be given a flatter appearance with the addition of a flattening agent. Varnish has no color and is completely transparent. Unlike paints and wood stains that have pigment, varnish will maintain the true colors of the wood it is applied to. Varnish is considered an older product and is not used as much as it once was, but it still has a place in some contemporary office furniture designs. Particularly the more classic designs and antique reproductions will call for varnish instead of the more recently developed sealers and finishes. The major drawback to varnish is the need to sand and refinish it from time to time as well as the fact that even a small chemical spill can cause major damage. Abrasion caused by alcohol or even citric acid can occur rather easily.
Polyurethane – Polyurethane with a matte to high gloss finish, is used most often in modern designs and mainstream styles of furniture. While this finish can give a plastic like appearance, if it is applied properly to well designed furniture it looks rich and clean. The high gloss finish gives a stream lined look to an executive desk or a modern sheen to a simple book shelf that could not otherwise be achieved with varnish. Besides the look of polyurethane, the finish is also very strong. It is considered the most effective finish to protect against moisture, heat, chips, and chemical abrasions.
Whether you are looking for the ideal conference table, work stations for your employees or some beautiful executive desks for yourself, take the time to find out what finish is used on the product. Your office furnishings are an investment in the future of your business. So be sure to look for a strong finish that is up to the task of protecting your investment for the years to come.