Monday, July 27, 2009

Shopping for Quality Furniture

In order to get the best value for your money, you need to be able to identify quality furniture. I don't claim to be an expert, but I have picked up a few techniques along the way.

  1. Look for solid hardwood. A lot of furniture is made with veneers. Ideally, an item would not include veneers, but that's difficult to find. Veneers are fine as long as they are over hardwood rather than soft wood or engineered wood (MDF).

  2. Look for sturdy furniture. Wiggle the furniture. Sit on it (even a little forcefully--like my kids do on my furniture daily). If it wobbles at all, pass on it.

  3. If it has drawers, look for dovetail joints. Dovetail joints are the sturdiest type of furniture joint, and it indicates quality craftsmanship overall.

  4. If it is upholstered, check for plenty of foam. Do this by pressing on an upholstered section that is over the frame (eg, the arm of a sofa). If you cannot feel the frame through the foam, that indicates good quality.

  5. Check seams and pleats. If they are straight and match up well, that is another indicator of good quality.

Have I missed any? Share your tips for finding good furniture with me!

1 comment:

  1. One thing for upholstery is making sure under the cushions is eight way hand-tied.