Choosing quality wood furniture is indeed tricky, but you don’t need to be an expert to do it. All you need to do is look at the materials, construction, and finishing, and of course take a little more time. Here are some tips to determine whether your choice of wood furniture is quality or not.
The type of wood used as the raw material is one of the factors that determine how long the furniture will last and how much it costs as it ages. Quality furniture is generally made of hardwoods derived from tree leaves such as oak, maple, mahogany, teak, walnut, cherry, and birch. The wood will be air dried then kiln dried to remove all moisture. Coniferous trees such as pine, spruce, redwood, and cedar produce softwood. You can find good quality furniture in these woods, but they require more maintenance as they are more prone to scratches and dents. Solid wood furniture is mostly outdated. You can still find them, but it’s more common to find furniture made of plywood or processed wood. However, furniture from plywood or processed wood does not mean it is not good, because these two materials still promise strength and prevent cracking or bending.
Choosing furniture is not only focused on beauty, but also function and how long it will last. The mortise, tenon technique is two of the oldest ways to hold furniture together, and they are both the strongest and most visually appealing joints. A good connection can also use dowels or screws, but will never be clamped. Any glue used will not be visible outside the joint. Look for corner beams that add strength and stability to the furniture. Usually this block is located a bit hidden, for that, it’s a good idea to search carefully. Good quality desks or drawers may have dust panels or thin sheets of wood between the drawers in the body of the item. This not only makes them structurally stronger, but also keeps dust away from clothing or paper. The back panel facing the wall is generally screwed to help ensure lateral stability. The back and any exposed parts should be finely sanded and properly installed. This is an important feature, as only well-built furniture has this detail.
If the furniture comes with drawers, these should fit snugly and have rails so you can easily and quickly get the drawers out and in. Drawers should also have holders to prevent them from pulled out or dropped. The door must close neatly and flush with the front of the cabinet, and the hardware must be of good quality. Test sturdiness by trying to swing or push the door leaf. Do not choose furniture whose doors squeak, twist, or sway. Check this section to make sure it is parallel to the floor.
Quality wood furniture has a good finish
Sanding, staining, and finishing are part of the process, so if any of these processes are skipped, it will affect the overall quality of a piece. Sanding is the first step in the finishing process. A good cut will be smooth so there are no rough patches when you rub and feel it. Wood that is not sanded properly will not remove stains evenly. Examine the finish from different angles for spots or scratches. A good stain enhances the natural beauty of the wood and adds color and character. High quality coloring will be evenly distributed without dark spots. All sides and ends should be of the same pitch. The finish can range from high gloss to matte. But whatever it is, the result should be smooth and free of rough spots, dust spots, or bubbles.