How To Find High-Quality Furniture

Posted on: 27 February 2020

Have you ever noticed that the furniture of some of your friends or family may feel very cheap? This is usually because they did not want to spend a ton of money, so they went to their local market and bought some sturdy looking furniture which, unfortunately, did not remain so.  While there are many places to go to find furniture for your home, you may want to check out a used furniture store for some inexpensive, yet high-quality finds. Used furniture stores usually keep an eye on the local market, snatching good deals when they come around. Essentially, they found a great deal, and you can turn it over without having to watch the market for weeks. Fortunately for you, not everyone knows how to spot a good piece of furniture, so with a little know-how, you could find a diamond in the rough. Here are a few things to watch out for which could indicate a high-quality piece of furniture:


The reason that many pieces of furniture feel cheap is because of the material used to make them. Good solid pieces of furniture are made with hardwood or plywood with at least eight layers. Thin plywood or particleboard is known for breaking and chipping shortly after it was purchased or put together. If you are unsure of what the material is, ask an employee of the furniture store. Older antique furniture was made primarily of oak, cherry or mahogany. Pine is still better than cheap plywood, though it is not as sturdy as the harder woods. 


A dead giveaway for a quality piece of furniture is how it is constructed, mainly in the joints. High-quality furniture is dove-tailed or has a mortise and tenon. Low-quality furniture uses nails or simple glue. These latter applications leave the joints very weak and unable to remain intact under pressure. If a piece of furniture wobbles or feels shaky, it was not constructed well. A good-quality chair or frame should sit level on the floor, showing that it was made to last. 

In conclusion, paying attention to small details of the piece will likely determine if it is going to be around for years to come, or if a bit of wear will leave you heading to another furniture store. Ultimately, you can spend quite a bit of money on a high-quality piece of furniture, save money on something cheap, or put in the effort to find something great. Choose the latter.

For more information, reach out to a local furniture store of your choice.