Are you in the market for some new pieces to add to your home? Keep a careful eye out, as some pieces may not be worth the dollars you’re spending on them. Here are some ways to avoid buying furniture that will only end up in disappointment.
1. Steer clear of pieces with veneer. Despite this thin layer of wood that’s 3 millimeters thick and provides that glossy appearance, veneer doesn’t stand the test of time with durability. Meaning, splinters will occur along with surface damage over time.
2. Inspect the joints. Don’t buy pieces with joints that have been stapled, glued, or nailed into place. You’ll want the ones with doweled or dovetailed joints, as these create a seamless fitting.
3. Test the stability of the piece. Nothing is quite as frustrating as a chair or table that wobbles.
4. Squeeze the pillows. When buying cushioned pieces, check the density of the foam in the cushions. The best pieces have a foam block on the inside that has been covered with fiber, which prevents the breaking down of materials over time.
5. Take your time observing the finishing. This is as simple as taking your fingernail and drawing a line on the surface of the table. If you’ve left behind a line, the finish is rather poor and you should move on to the next piece you’re considering.
6. Don’t be fooled by perfect symmetry. While it may look nice, furniture with flawless symmetry tends to mean the piece was made by a machine.