WOOD FURNITURE 101
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?