Pedestal Finishes: Wood vs. LaminatePosted: August 5, 2011
After months of searching, you acquire an art piece that is begging to be put up on a pedestal. You heed that call and start searching through your pedestal options. As you shop around you find that while you prefer the rich color and texture of wood, a black or white laminate pedestal of the same dimensions will save you about 20%. A tempting savings indeed!
So, just how well do laminate pedestals stack up against their wooden counterparts? Here are a few facts:
The longevity and appearance of any pedestal depends on what it’s made from, how it’s used and how well it’s cared for. On scratch, stain, fade, moisture and impact resistance, laminate surfaces rate better then wood. However, if wood is coated in a high quality lacquer, it will be able to resist stains and moisture quite well.
When wood veneer pedestals are properly cared for, they can last as long as your art piece. While laminate surfaces may be more scratch resistant than wood, the edges are prone to chipping, and heavy or jagged art pieces can leave unappealing scars. In order to enjoy a long life, laminate pedestals needs to remain in a permanent location, with as little moving or transporting as possible.
Without a doubt, real wood veneer is more rich, warm and appealing than laminate. While wood can be finished to any color, it is a natural product and the grain and color will vary slightly from pedestal to pedestal. If wood is exposed to direct sunlight for a length of time, the color can change. Typically, darker woods will lighten when exposed to direct sunlight, when some lighter woods will darken slightly.
The standard laminate pedestal finishes are black and white. While those colors do provide a clean backdrop, they do not add any life or depth to a display. In recent years a few laminate patterns designs have emerged that provide an appealing stone look, but they are a far cry from the real thing. When it comes to exposure to direct sunlight, laminate surfaces do a great job at resisting the sun’s effects.
Maintenance and Care
Laminate may be slightly easier to maintain than wood, but it is harder to repair. If scratched, dinged or marred, wood veneer pedestals can be refinished. Laminate surfaces cannot. Cleaning of pedestals, whether wood or laminate, should be done with a 50/50 solution of rubbing alcohol and water. Cleaning with water alone can cause wood finishes to become dull, and will usually leave streaks on laminate surfaces.
While both wood and laminate finishes have their pros and cons, the most important factor in your decision should always be personal preference. Ask yourself the simple question:
“Do I want my pedestal to blend in or proudly display?”
Pedestals finished in black or white laminate are best at blending into the surroundings. If you would like your pedestal to simply lift up and display your art piece without getting in the way, then a laminate finish would be your best bet. If you are looking to accentuate your art piece, and would see the pedestal as a worthy addition to the furniture in your room, a rich wood veneer is the way to go.
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