WOOD FUR­NI­TURE 101

Timber Home Living - - Product Guide -

Fur­ni­ture qual­ity it im­por­tant to most po­ten­tial buy­ers, but it’s not al­ways easy to iden­tify. To help, the Amer­i­can Home Fur­nish­ings Al­liance (ahfa.us) has com­piled es­sen­tial in­for­ma­tion to help peo­ple rec­og­nize qual­ity (or a lack thereof) be­fore pur­chas­ing wood fur­nish­ings. First, make sure pieces sit squarely on the floor and don’t wob­ble. Draw­ers and doors should open and close eas­ily. Some ad­di­tional con­struc­tion fea­tures likely to im­pact qual­ity in­clude:

Wood Type. Is it con­structed of a hard­wood (like oak or cherry) or a soft­wood (like pine)? Or is it “en­gi­neered” wood, made by mix­ing chips or fibers of wood with ad­he­sive and bond­ing it to create a strong, uni­form panel?

Fin­ish Type. Is it a com­plex, hand­crafted fin­ish, a sim­ple fin­ish of uni­form color, or an ar­ti­fi­cial lam­i­nate sur­face?

Work­man­ship. Was the piece mass pro­duced, hand­crafted or some com­bi­na­tion of the two?

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