Do you need some furniture? Are you about to move into your own place? Maybe you’re upgrading to a bigger house? Or perhaps you just need new furniture because your old pieces do not work together anymore? Your reason for buying new pieces doesn’t matter; this article will help, regardless.
If you are shopping for wooden furniture, particularly antiques, don’t just look at the outside surfaces. This means looking underneath it and inside the drawers. In many cases, a visual inspection will provide you with a better picture of the condition than the outside surfaces. It’s sometimes called secondary wood and these surfaces can help you figure out the construction quality, along with the age of the piece.
If you choose to purchase a reclining chair or sofa, be sure it works at the store. Often times people don’t do this and are disappointed to find the furniture doesn’t work. It is hard to return the item at some furniture stores.
Check out clearance areas of warehouse stores. A lot of places have a lot of space in them so they can display items that are overstock or clearance. You may find a wonderful bargain when browsing through these sections.
Check out the legs of the piece you are considering. They should be very heavy and attached to the frame. Plastic, metal, or rubber legs are not as sturdy as wood, and may scratch your floors. Be sure that they’re not nailed to the furniture’s bottom and that they’re joined to its framing structure.
Make sure the furniture that you’re looking at is well-crafted. Dressers and nightstands should be made from solid wood instead of pressed wood. Look for plywood back rather than sheets of composite wood or a heavy weight cardboard. Touch the piece, open drawers, put weight on it and do everything you can to make sure the item is well-made.
Furniture doesn’t have to be confusing. In fact, buying great-looking pieces at incredible prices is entirely possible. Take what you learned in the above article to help you make wise furniture decisions in the future.