How to identify quality furniture

How to identify quality furniture

When taking on the task of investing in a set of furniture, you should take the time to research the different types of furniture in great detail. Whether you are looking to buy bedroom furniture, living room furniture, office furniture, etc., it bodes well for a consumer to understand the difference in the products on the market and what specific components make a piece of furniture higher in quality. Overall, you will find that investing in a more traditional set of furniture will allow you to have a higher quality product with more desirable attributes. This begs the question: how will I know if a piece of furniture is high quality? 

Top tips for finding quality furniture

Primarily, before buying you should take the time to inspect the product closely to ensure that it contains one or more of the desired elements found in high quality furniture. 

One telltale sign of quality furniture can be found in the construction of the product. Quality furniture will have a stronger, more sturdy frame. Furthermore, it will be constructed with the use of high end joints such as dovetails, mortise and tenon, or finger joints. All of these attributes will lead to increased durability and functionality long term making this a more optimal purchase.

Another point of consideration is the materials used to make the product. If you are looking to purchase a living room set of furniture, you should closely inspect the materials used to make the items. For instance, when looking for a coffee table, end table, sofa table, etc., it is best to opt for something that is made out of solid wood. In order to get this, your safest bet is to purchase a traditional set. Another example can be found in the purchase of a sofa or chair. When purchasing you should scrupulously look at the fabric or leather type of the item. Opt for thicker, more durable fabric with cushions that are constructed out of quality springs and a denser foam or down alternative. Likewise, check to determine what kind of leather the couch or chair is covered in. Avoid machine made leather, such as bonded leather, and instead go for top or full grain leather to ensure quality. Again, these qualities are more typically found in traditional, heavier pieces of furniture. 

A final tip for consideration is more intuitive but is equally worth taking into account. Higher quality furniture will have a more aesthetically pleasing visual appeal. The adage “you get what you pay for” is certainly true in this area. If you are willing to invest in a nicer, more quality piece of furniture, you will be able to create an environment that is more aesthetically appealing. Not only will it look better initially, but because it will certainly be more durable and long-lasting, it will continue to look better long term. Furthermore, you will be able to customize your furniture more and purchase what you truly intend to have instead of being forced to purchase a “one-size-fits-all” that is found in cheaper, less traditional furniture.