Before looking for the laminate designs it is better to know what exactly are laminates
LAMINATES are sheets of a hard and delicate, scratch-resistant decorative material of about 1mm thickness that are usually glued to wooden surfaces such as on furniture, wardrobes etc which are available in a wide variety of colour shades, patterns and textures, and are basically a blend of paper and plastic.
The laminates manufacturing process involves soaking the papers in phenolic and melamine resins and then the papers are hard-pressed and bonded together under high pressure and temperature.
There is much confusion in the minds of the Indian customers between Sunmica and Laminates. Whereas Sunmica is a brand of Laminates. It is such a popular brand that it is used as an alternative word for laminates.
The Sunmica division was earlier owned by Bombay Burmah Trading Company which was a part of the Wadia group of companies. Now the Sunmica division has been sold to Japanese company AICA Ltd.
Similar to these sunmica laminates are wood veneers which are more natural substances. Veneers are actually very thin sheets or slices of wood obtained from the trees. Both laminates and veneers are used as overlays over wood. But somehow, since laminates are artificially prepared, they offer more variety of designs and are scratch and water resistant. Anti-bacterial & Anti-fungal laminates are used in places like hotels and hospitals where hygiene is extremely important.
High-Pressure Laminates. HPL is the direct descendent of the original plastic laminate. It is considered to be one of the most durable decorative surface materials and is available with special performance properties including chemical, fire and wear resistance.
PROS OF LAMINATES –
- MYRIAD OF DESIGNS AND COLOURS TO CHOOSE FROM.
- SCRATCH RESISTANT
- WATER RESISTANT
- IMITATES THE APPEARANCE OF REAL WOOD
- ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY
- EASY MAINTENANCE
CONS OF LAMINATES-
- HARD TO REPAIR
- TOO MUCH WATER LEADS TO BALLOONING OR WARPING
- SHORTER LIFESPAN AS COMPARED TO WOOD.
TYPE OF LAMINATE DESIGNS
Kitchen Laminate designs
You can go for acrylic as well as laminates for your modular kitchen.
ACRYLICS adds a glossy and shimmery touch which gives a smooth appearance to kitchen cabinets but are expensive as compared to laminates.
Furniture Laminate designs
Laminates are commonly used to make beds, sofa, stools, tables, almirahs etc.
Shelves Laminate designs
Wall shelves in bathrooms and bookshelves are other purposes.
Laminates for Wall Highlights
Ceilings that are covered with patterned and textured laminates add a “WOW FACTOR” to your room. It gives a whole new dimension to the otherwise boring walls and ceilings. Similarly in the bedrooms too, the wall behind the bed can be highlighted using laminates that also act as a headboard.
Laminates for Flooring
It’s the most common purpose for which laminates is used. Builders generally go for laminated floors as they are economical and look great!