When you are looking for new wood furniture, there are many things to consider… The type of wood, the finish and your colour preference will need to be decided upon. What size does the furniture piece need to be to fit into your room and how will it be used will narrow down the choices available.
Hardwood such as maple, oak, ash and walnut will be much more durable than a soft wood like pine. Depending on what the furniture piece is used for and the look you want to have, this will be a huge consideration.
The next type of wood furniture is veneer. This is a thin layer of hardwood that is bonded to another piece of wood underneath. Many veneer pieces can be beautiful and high end. Marquetry and wood inlay is considered veneer but the quality of the woods used along with the intricate designs make for an exquisite treasured heirloom.
Also, veneer can be more cost effective than solid wood it is bonded to a lesser priced wood and/or particle board underneath.
Laminate is usually made with synthetic materials and is the least expensive. It is very durable and easy to clean. Great for children’s rooms or any area that needs hard wearing surfaces.
Consider looking inside and under and behind when checking for well-constructed furniture.
Check a drawer for dovetail joints on all corners of the drawer. In quality pieces, the finish should be smooth on the inside and outside of the drawers.
Also, quality wood furniture should have corner blocking that includes double dowels that have been screwed and glued into place.
Choose the quality of furniture that is perfect for your needs and your budget. Consider that this furniture purchase will be an investment and the better the quality, the longer it will last.
Until next time,