For your first apartment or any room renovations, you only want the best quality for your furniture. Whether this is for your kitchen, bedroom or living room, here are some tips on judging what you should avoid when buying furniture to ensure you buy the best value product.
1. Wooden Furniture
Whilst wooden furniture can make any dining room feel classy, or living room feel cottage-y – in other words, they are the perfect accessory to turn a house into a home – be cautious about choosing your perfect piece. Be sure to observe your wood for any rough surfaces, glosses surfaces, any painted coats that will hide the wooden surface, splintered surfaces or edges, scratches, dents or dust spots. This will indicate that your product is of lower quality and may not be worth buying. For wooden furniture, also try to avoid pieces that are sold online. There is no way of physically observing it for any damaged areas, so you may be sent items that are not worth the price of being sent out to you.
2. Sofas and Chairs
When picking a sofa or chair be sure to keep in mind the colour of your room. You do not want to pick a garish yellow or green when your room is monochrome themed. Find something to your tastes and calculate whether it is also the right size before you buy it. When testing out the quality of your sofa or chairs, do not be afraid to sit on it to check the springs. If they are tight, then they will make your seat more comfortable. The frame of your sofa will most likely be made from MDF (Medium Density Fibrewood) which is not as strong as Hardwood but is still a quality make. Look for a frame made from French Oak or maple with joints that are “dowelled” for the strongest structures.
3. Drawers and Cabinets
When it comes to new drawers and cabinets, be sure to avoid any veneers or joints that have been glued or nailed in. Check that the doors can be opened without automatically closing or can be pulled out without becoming stuck. Cabinet handles should remain sturdy and not wiggle, or else they may fall off with use.
4. Be Realistic and careful with Charity Stores
Second-hand furniture can be tempting, for it is cheap and easily obtained from charity stores. But always be wary of the products you purchase. Their low prices may distract you from their age and any wear. Keep an eye out for any rips, stains or marks upon the fabric and be sure to try sitting on it to test out its strength. This way you can also check for any loose springs or joints that could be uncomfortable or a potential threat to those who sit on it. You may also want to inquire into where the product originally came from and when the last time it was cleaned. The last thing you need is to bring any unwanted pests (such as fleas) into your home from the fabric.