In this study, particleboard surfaces were coated with lacquered paint, melamine impregnated papers, wood veneers and continuous press laminates. Effects of surface coating material type, melamine paperweight, wood veneer type and thickness, and continuous press laminate thickness on the mechanical properties (modulus of rupture, modulus of elasticity, internal bond, and screw holding), and physical properties (density, and thickness swelling) of particleboard were investigated. Continuous press laminate thickness, surface coating material and wood veneer types were found to be effective on the mechanical properties except for internal bond statistically. Melamine paperweight and wood veneer thickness did not affect the mechanical properties significantly. Physical properties were affected by surface coating material and wood veneer type. Increasing of continuous press laminate and wood veneer thickness, and melamine paperweight did not change the physical properties. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.