Consumers who want to make their dollars stretch farther should invest in high quality furniture that provides good value for the amount of money spent. But just because a vendor advertises that their luxury furniture is high quality and charges a high price doesn’t necessarily ensure that the furniture being purchased ranks high on the quality scale. There are a number of ways a shopper can determine if the quality of the furniture he is buying justifies a higher price tag.
Whether or not a piece of furniture uses wood in its construction that is hardwood from deciduous trees or softwood from coniferous trees is not as important as the wood’s overall durability. Any piece of furniture that has an exposed wood surface can be considered quality if the type of wood selected tends to be hard enough to resist nicks and scratches. If a scratch can be made in the wood using just one fingernail, the furniture piece is certain to quickly look old and scuffed. Furniture that can be considered quality uses sturdy wood that is scratch resistant or at least nine-layered plywood for durability. Wood featuring a multiple of knots in the texture tends to crack more easily, so be cautious about pine furniture. Avoid furniture made from particle board, fiber board or pressed wood, which is a mark of cheap furniture.
How the wood is held together on a piece of furniture can tell you whether or not it belongs in the high quality category. If staples, glue or nails are used at joints in order to hold the wood together, it’s a sign of cheap furniture construction. Screws and wooden pegs are a sign of better quality. And the best quality furniture features joints that interlock with reinforcement blocks positioned for better strength at all angles. If choosing a piece of furniture that has drawers, quality construction include dust panels, the thin sheets of wood that are positioned between each drawer in order to keep the contents of the drawer clean. Quality construction also means that the drawers are able to be pulled in and out while floating on an installed grove for ease of use even when weather conditions change and there is more humidity in the atmosphere. Quality furniture also provides stops on all drawers to prevent them from being inadvertently pulled out of the unit. Look at the legs on the piece of furniture under consideration to be sure that each leg is touching the floor evenly. Push down on the piece from every corner to see if it wobbles or rocks, obvious signs of cheap construction.
Sofas and chairs should have removable covers for easy cleaning. If the cushions used contain only foam with no protective covering, the chair or sofa features shoddy construction which will prove very uncomfortable for sitting for any length of time in addition to wearing out much more quickly. The density of the foam should be close to 2 pounds or higher. The filling used in back cushions should be separated into several compartments rather than loosely filled which will settle over time and become lumpy and uncomfortable. Quality furniture usually has a cleaning code attached for proper care. If the furniture uses coil springs, see if the seat has any weak spots that tend to sink in or favors tipping in one direction.
The padding on upholstered furniture should be thick enough so that the frame cannot easily be detected when pressure is applied to the padding. Quality upholstered furniture usually features cushions that are reversible for double the wear before the upholstery must be cleaned. Any fabric patterns should align together nicely.
High quality furniture doesn’t have to have a luxury furniture price tag. But by knowing what signs to look for to separate quality pieces from cheaply constructed ones ensures consumers that they will get the best value for their money when making a furniture purchase.