Jul
20
2016

What To Look For In A High Quality Wood Furniture

Buying a furniture is a tricky business. You can always identify stains, scratches and rips on the furniture with a naked eye, but you can never determine whether the furniture you’re buying would last for a year or ten years, unless you have special knowledge about it. Thanks to some of the best modern furniture stores Toronto, we have managed to create a checklist of the essential items to make sure in a furniture before buying it.

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Composition of Wood Furniture

Don’t be confused with the names. Hardwood isn’t hard and softwoods isn’t soft. Hardwood means that the wood is belongs to deciduous tree, while softwood is a part of coniferous tree. In fact, some hardwoods, such as aspen, are much softer than softwoods. What you should be looking in a furniture that the wood at the exposed surface must be scratch-resistant.

  • Structurally, a plywood or solid wood will pass the scratching test. If it’s a plywood then it must have 9 layers.
  • Always check the whole furniture wood for knots, from the inside to the outside. These knots are vulnerable to cracks.
  • Don’t choose pine for furniture because it’s knottier than other woods. Similarly, furniture made of fiberboard, pressed wood or particleboard must be avoided.
  • In comparison, look for veneers, which is a thin layer of high quality wood that covers lower-quality wood. Veneer is a sign of quality, but make sure the lower-quality wood must be of plywood or solid wood.

Construction of Wood Furniture

If you’re looking for a wood furniture in a Furniture Shop Toronto, ask for a furniture with joint construction. It’s a sign of quality furniture. On the other hand, nails, glue and staples mean that the construction is shoddy.

Joints

Three kinds of joints include:

  • Dowels – wooden pegs slotted into two opposing holes,
  • Mortise-and-tenon – narrowed end of one piece inserted into a hole in the other
  • Dovetail – interlocking squarish ‘teeth’

Drawers

  • If the space between drawers has a thin sheet of wood, that would be great, because it improves the strength of the furniture and protects the content in a drawer.
  • Gliding of drawers must be smooth and they must have stops to prevent pulling the entire drawer out accidentally.
  • Good drawers always have a little space between the bottom and sides, to allow small expansion or contraction in the wood, due to weather change.

Base

  • The corner of the base must not squeak or twist. You can inspect it by lifting the furniture at one corner.
  • Make sure all the legs of the furniture touch the floor, to maintain proper balance.
  • You can see if the furniture wobbles or rocks, by pressing it on the corners.

Upholstered Furniture

For a new furniture, the density of the seat foam must be 1.8 pounds or more. Take a look inside the seat cover if the cushion is removable. If it has a dacron cotton wrapped on a foam, furniture has a high quality. On labels and tags, look for these signs

  • W – for water-based cleaner
  • X – for vacuum only
  • S – for solvent-based cleaner

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