Learn To Make The Right Choice In Furniture

By: Sarika Kabra

Woodenfurniture is always in a class of its own. If chosen carefully, it can be ahighly prized antique piece going down several generations. If you are planningto own a piece of wooden furniture or a complete set, do not rush into thepurchase. You should do your own research and follow a proper plan beforeembarking on the shopping of the wooden pieces. In general, specially madefurniture like is not only made of highquality wood but is also of the finest design.

One of the most important things to consider in theselection of wooden furniture is the type of wood used in the making of thepiece. There are two categories of wood used. One is hardwood, which comes fromtrees that shed their leaves seasonally and the other is softwood, which comesfrom trees that never lose their leaves. Examples of hardwood are oak and teak,which can make furniture really heavy. Other fine hardwoods are walnut,mahogany, maple and cherry. Hardwood furniture tends to be far more expensivethan softwood furniture. Softwood is used for simpler furniture pieces, thoughin most cases a combination of both the types of wood is used.

Test the strength of the furniture to check if it is longlasting. If you are keen on buying wooden dining room items, check that every and table is strong. Ensurethat every leg of the table is equally sized. Also, if the furniture has drawers,open and close them to test their quality.

You haveto ensure that each part of the furniture functions well. Creaking cabinetdoors or lopsided need to be banished fromyour selection. The bonding used for the furniture is important too as itdecides the longevity of the joints of different parts. The type of finishingused in furniture marks the quality and look of the furniture. For shine, oilor wax finishing is used while durability is enhanced by lacquer or varnishfinishing. You can find out how well polished the furniture is by running yourhand over it. You might miss the rough spots in the glare of the light in theshop, but will be able to find imperfections by feeling for them with yourhand.

In general,good quality pieces made of wood tend to be very expensive. You should have aproper budget in mind before you enter the furniture stores. If you wantfurniture made of fine woods and having a unique design, you may have to spendsome extra money. Also, if the furniture will be used very often, you arebetter off purchasing expensive, but durable items. You have to find a balancebetween money constraints and the quality of the furniture. Amish madefurniture offers the best combination of price and quality.

Finally, take a good look at the room in which you areplanning to place the furniture. You should get an idea of the size of thefurniture you should buy from the size of the room and the space available.

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