Quality. Stylish. Timeless. These are all words applied to the best items in any collection. This is true about jewelry, clothing, and home furnishings. These days there are many furniture suppliers. Some cater to a disposable furniture crowd, people who move yearly. Others, the audience is a more stable group, who seldom move and want to have pieces that will look wonderful for years to come.
Indicators of Good Quality Furniture
So, what are some indicators of good quality furniture? Of course there are differing opinions out there, but here are some basic things to consider.
Solid wood is preferable over compressed or plywood with a veneer. Why? A veneer is generally a glued on, thin layer of wood on top of another wood. If a choice of wood is presented, a hard wood is preferable to a softer wood. One such example is maple versus pine. Pine tends to mark up easily and maple tends to resist marks better.
Check the welding locations. Are they relatively smooth? Or are the welds jagged and sharp? These tend to be indicators of quality, in addition to the type of metal. Heavier metal furniture tends to be stronger compared to a lightweight piece of furniture. Clearly there are metals which are strong and lightweight, however, manufacturers who would use such materials will be sure to educate you about this special quality!
When choosing home décor, it is important to also consider function, location, and versatility of the piece. It is all right and wonderful to have a piece of beautiful, metal furniture. However, if it is entirely made of metal, without cushions, it likely will not be a good addition in a cozy family room. Likewise, a sofa with wonderful exposed wood left untreated to allow of the beauty of the wood to shine through would not be appropriate in an indoor, enclosed pool setting. It is important to learn more about where to place furniture and its purpose, in addition to finding a style that is best suited for the purchaser.
So, when choosing furniture, it is not only important to find the right style, but function, materials, and location should all play an important part of the decision making process. This way quality furniture will grow with the individual, while managing to keep a classic, timeless look.