I’ve primarily chosen Ikea ‘inexpensive and new’ furniture in the past, but I’ve been dissatisfied by its (understatement alert!) lack of resilience. This time I ‘d like to try buying used however higher-quality. As I began to look around, however, I understood that I understood very little about what produces a strong, long-lasting furniture piece.
Anyone can identify a rip, scratch, or stain, or decide whether they like a specific color, without special knowledge. Evaluating whether a piece is most likely to last 2 years or twenty– just by looking at it– is harder things says Furniture Cyprus.
Wood furniture– composition
I used to believe hardwoods were difficult and softwoods were soft. Ridiculous me! Really, wood simply suggests ‘from a deciduous tree’ and softwood methods ‘from a coniferous tree’, and some woods (like aspen) are softer than some softwoods. What you desire on exposed surface areas is a wood that’s reasonably scratch-resistant. You can check this quickly sufficient by trying to draw a thin line with your fingernail throughout the wood; if it makes a visible dent (use a flashlight here if essential) you know it won’t stand up to much usage.
Structurally, any sort of strong wood or strong plywood will do the trick. If plywood, try to find a minimum of 9 layers. Inspect the wood for knots, even on unexposed pieces; all knots are susceptible to fractures. Some woods, like pine, are ‘knottier’ than others, and for that reason less preferable. Avoid particleboard, pushed wood, or fiberboard.
Veneers– a thin piece of premium wood covering a lower-quality piece of wood– are often used even in really premium furniture. As long as the base piece is solid wood or plywood, the only drawback to veneer is that it restricts the number of times an item can be refinished.
Wood furniture– construction
Joint building and construction is the main factor of quality furniture. Anything held together with staples or nails is substandard building and construction. Ditto if it’s glued and you can see the glue. Dowels (wood pegs slotted into 2 opposing holes) are good, as are screws. The very best joints are either dovetail (interlocking squarish ‘teeth’– see photo) or mortise-and-tenon (narrowed end of one piece placed into a hole in the other). Corners ought to have a strengthening block attached at an angle.
Look for thin sheets of wood between drawers in a chest of drawers or desk. While not needed, these ‘dust panels’ enhance structural strength as well as protect drawer contents. Drawers should run efficiently on glides and have stops to prevent unintentionally pulling them all the way out. The best drawers have bottoms that are not affixed to the sides however ‘drift’ in a groove, permitting small growth and contraction brought on by modifications in humidity and offering additional strength.
Lift the piece at one corner– it ought to not twist or squeak. Inspect that all legs are touching the floor. Press on different corners to see if the piece rocks or wobbles.
Upholstered furniture– structure
For a couch or chair with removable cushions, unzip a seat cover and take a look inside. You must see a block of foam wrapped with dacron, cotton, or (for very high-end cushions) down, preferably with a protective inner cover (normally muslin). Foam-only cushions are both less long lasting and less comfy. If you’re buying new furniture, inquire after the density rating of the seat foam: you’re searching for 1.8 pounds or greater.
Removable back cushions may have foam also however are more frequently loose fill. In the latter case, several internal compartments are preferred as they prevent the fill from settling.
If there’s a tag or label, search for a cleansing code: ‘W’ indicates water-based cleaners,’S’ indicates solvent-based cleaners (‘ dry cleansing’), ‘X’ implies no liquid (vacuum only).
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Armed with this info, I feel a lot more confident about approaching future furniture purchases, both brand-new and utilized. I hope you find it practical too. Happy searching!