Here at Gibson Brothers Furniture Inc., we believe that everyone deserves to have high quality furniture in their home. Many people believe that cheap furniture is the best option for their needs, but in our experience, most of them come to find that the shoddy construction and poor quality materials mean that they get less enjoyment from their furnishings and less value for the price. Our team wants to help you avoid that fate, so in this article, we’ll be going over how you can identify high-quality furniture.
- Construction- One of the first things you should check when furniture shopping is the construction. Avoid anything held together with staples or nails, and skip anything with visible glue. The best pieces use dovetail or mortise-and-tenon joints, but dowels or screws are also a safe bet. If you’re shopping for upholstered furniture, squeeze the back to make sure that you can’t feel the frame under the cushions, and look for weighted skirts and reversible cushions for maximum longevity.
- Material- The other main thing to check when searching for quality furniture is the materials used. For wood furniture, any sturdy wood (hard or soft) or plywood is usually a good sign, while particle board and the like are best avoided. Check the wood for knots, as these areas are prone to cracking. For upholstered furniture, check that the cushions have a foam core and a layer of cotton or down, as foam-only cushions tend to break down faster.
We at Gibson Brothers Furniture Inc. hope that this information helps you in your search for high quality furniture. If you’re looking for a great place to start, you can stop by our showroom to see what we have to offer.