How to Tell Quality Bedroom Furniture Apart From The Rest
When you step into a furniture store, all the bedroom furniture looks lovely. Each set is perfectly laid out with gorgeous bed linens, plush pillows and comfy mattresses. It's no wonder why you're drawn to the furniture sets, one of which will finally make its way into your heart and your home. But how many times have your purchased furniture, only to find that that it wasn't near the quality that you expected it to be? Or that when the furniture was actually positioned in your home, it didn't have that same appeal as it did in the store?
Many people have speculated why things look so much better in the store than it does in the home. Is it the lighting? The decor? Is it a better grade of furniture? If you're in the market for new bedroom furniture, but don't want to make the same mistake as you have in the past, there are ways that you can tell substandard furniture apart from the quality stuff. While you won't be able to account for everything, you can have an idea of the structure and workmanship on the furniture, ensuring that it will stand just as boldly in your home as it does in the store.
First of all, determine what the furniture is made from. Many times, the description is vague or maybe nonexistent. Often people will give the furniture a little shake, check it out and assume that it looks great and will at least last a good decade or so. Little do they know that the quality is not enough to withstand more than a few years of daily use. If the wood type is not posted on the information ticket, ask a sales representative. The bedroom set may be made from wood veneers, hardwood solids or wood laminates.
Unless you want to spend thousands of dollars on a bed, don't expect most of the furniture you look at to be made entirely from solid wood. Solid wood is very expensive and often sold by high-end stores and antique craftsmen. If you're on a budget and still want something sturdy, you can choose furniture made from veneers. Veneer refers to thin pieces of wood that are glued together onto particle board. This type of wood may not be the highest quality, but it is strong, durable and attractive. It's what you'll find with most middle-of-the-road furniture.
Hardwood solids are also used in high-end bedroom furniture, although it's more cost-effective than solid wood. Hardwood solids come from the trunks of deciduous trees such as oak and maple. When you find furniture that is made from a combination of hardwood solids and veneers, you can expect that it will be strong, built to last and still fall within your price range. Some bedroom sets will tell you specifically which types of hardwood solids the furniture is made from such as cherry or pine solids.
Once you determine the construction of the bedroom set, you can start testing out the set for yourself. Pull open the dresser drawers, check out the drawer mechanisms and the interior construction of the drawers. Cheaper drawers for example, use rollers, while quality drawers are made with wood binders. A lot of high-end furniture has the manufacturer's name printed on the upper left-hand drawer, plus the corners should match each other.
Take note of the finish, as a quality finish involves thorough sanding, staining and finishing. The furniture should be smooth with no rough patches. Run your hand along the furniture at the showroom, but also be sure to do the same when the furniture is delivered to your home. Inspect the finish and make sure that from all angles, the finish looks evenly coated. Overall, the finish should enhance the quality of the wood and be void of any dark or light spots.
Finally, inspect the hardware and make sure that it's strong, check out the glass on the mirror to ensure that it's not cloudy or poorly cut and look to see if the bed posts hits the floor evenly. When you get the bedroom furniture home, continue to inspect each piece and make sure it's up to your standards. Surveys continually show that the majority of consumers aren't sure what they're buying when they purchase bedroom furniture. Don't fall into this loop; inspect what you're going to buy and you'll get more out of your purchase.