Horizon Custom Homes Mission Furniture Home Page
High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Finishes
High Pressure Laminate Finishes

High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Finishes

High Pressure Laminate (HPL) Furniture & Cabinetry Finishes

Durable resins used to make laminates are transparent and resistant to scratching, wear, water and chemicals. Thanks to its unique properties, Phenolic resin can be used to create attractive, durable surfaces with any desired design.

HPL Kitchen Cabinetry

HPL Kitchen Cabinetry

These laminates are used in case construction such as kitchen cabinetry, furniture, & more. Thanks to modern resins, these products are durable scratch-resistant heatproof chemical-resistant moisture-resistant & very attractive.

High Pressure Laminates (HPLs) are made of several layers of material impregnated with phenolic resin and topped with one or more layers of decorative material, normally a photographic image of a wood grain. This is then treated with phenolic resin again.

The Assembly is Pressed Together:

  • High pressures (70-100 bar) and
  • High temperatures (140-160ºC)

    The hard laminate sheets are then glued on a wood substrate using a waterproof adhesive.

    HPL Sheets

    HPL Sheets

    High Pressure Laminates are preferred where durability, strength and resistance to heat and chemicals are required.

    Decorative Laminates – A Major Application for HPLs:

    Phenolic resin powder is mixed with other substances, including an aqueous solution, to form a resin or adhesive. A sheet of paper printed with a photo of a wood grain (or other) design is simultaneously soaked in a similar resin and then pressed onto the surface of the wood board.


    (1) IDES - Phenolic Resin

    (2) Encyclopaedia Britannica - article-9051862

    (3) DSM - http://www.dsm.com/en_US/html/dmm/faq_page.htm

  • SFC: Sustainable Furniture Council

    Copyright © 2001-2024 Horizon Custom Homes, Inc.
    All rights reserved.
    Delivering Mission Furniture For 21 Years