Whether you’re fully furnishing an apartment or house for the first time or just replacing a few worn-out pieces, purchasing furniture can be a major investment for your home. It might seem economical at the time to cut corners and spend as little as possible. But when it comes to furniture, you truly get what you pay for. You want to make sure you’re buying high-quality furniture so your investment will last longer than just a few years. If you focus on quality and know what to look for, your furniture can last you decades or even a lifetime.
If you’re new to shopping for furniture, it can be a bit overwhelming. And these days, it’s so easy for manufacturers to deceptively create furniture that looks like it’s a quality piece, but it’s actually cheaply made. So how can you be sure you don’t end up with furniture you’ll regret buying in just a few years?
Here are 4 of the most important ways to know you’re buying high-quality furniture.
Knowing you’re buying high-quality furniture starts with the wood. Just because you see the term “wood” used in a manufacturer’s description of a piece doesn’t necessarily mean it is quality. This is because wood furniture generally falls into three main categories: solid wood (including both hard and soft wood varieties), veneers, and engineered wood (such as particleboard and other composites).
The highest-quality furniture is made from solid wood. Whether the wood is a common hard or soft wood (such as pine or maple, respectively), a rare wood (such as teak or rosewood), or reclaimed wood, you can know you’re buying high-quality furniture when the material is solid wood. This furniture will typically cost more, but that’s because it is durable and long-lasting.
Sometimes furniture is made with a wood veneer. This means that the core is made with a cheaper base material but is covered with several thin sheets of better-quality wood. This furniture is cheaper because it is mostly composed of core material that is less durable and lasting than its better quality exterior.
The lowest-quality furniture is made out of particleboard. Also called composite wood, particleboard is often made from waste wood and materials from sawmills. It’s often chemically treated or processed with heat to produce a wood-like product. Although cheaper to manufacture (and, therefore, to purchase), particleboard is low on strength, durability, and longevity and is susceptible to warping in moisture and humidity. The result is that you will end up spending more by having to replace a cheaper item of furniture sooner than you would have a quality piece.
Next when making sure you’re buying high-quality furniture is to inspect the areas where the sections of wood are joined together. Well-built, high-quality furniture is ideally joined at these corners or ends without the use of glue or nails. Using a time-tested technique known in the woodworking world as “joinery,” expert woodworkers are able to “join” sections of wood together without the aid of glue or nails. This technique makes the furniture piece more durable and able to handle greater weight.
When checking to make sure you’re buying high-quality furniture, you need to open and close the drawers and doors on the piece. What you’re looking for is that every drawer slides open and closed smoothly and evenly. Also, make sure doors (on cabinets, for example) open all the way and remain open without springing back. Additionally, check that all knobs and handles are fastened securely.
Another important tip for buying high-quality furniture is to inspect the legs. Legs on chairs, couches, and larger sectionals should be sturdy and made of heavy, solid wood. They should be jointed to the frame of the piece instead of nailed in. Metal or plastic legs are not as sturdy, and can actually damage your floors. The highest-quality furniture will have a “fifth leg” jointed at the center for extra support.
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