5 Tips to Finding Quality Furniture

5 Tips to Finding Quality Furniture

Your home is a reflection of yourself, and the furniture you choose for your space will affect your life every day. Choosing high-quality furniture over inexpensive, low-quality alternatives is the best way to create a functional and fashionable space. But we know that is easier said than done and that finding quality furniture for your home can be difficult if you don't know what you are looking for.

But don't worry, we are here to help. Here are our five tips for finding quality furniture.


1. Test it Out


High-quality wooden furniture should be scratch resistant. If we were to only give you one tip for finding quality furniture, it would be to test the performance of wooden furniture before making your purchase. Run your fingernail along the top of your chosen wooden piece in a showroom. If it leaves a visible dent, look elsewhere for your furniture.


2. Do your Research


Quality furniture is normally constructed using solid hardwood to make sure it is durable enough to last a lifetime. Furniture that is made with plywood, fibreboard, or particleboard is of significantly lower quality and may need to be replaced in only a few short years if used consistently. Therefore, when you are trying to find quality furniture, you must look directly at the base. Don't be fooled by flashy upholstery or a budget-friendly price. Invest in a piece with a solid wood frame.

Trying to see the quality of upholstered furniture can be difficult because the fabric conceals the frame. Don't worry, look for the frame type in the product description or visit the store and ask a sales clerk to tell you about the item. If this information is not available to you, then do not buy from them.


3. Knowing Your Foam is Important

If you are shopping for an upholstered piece of furniture, you need to find out what the density of the foam used inside the piece is. Upholstered furniture should have a minimum seat foam density rating of 1.8 pounds. Anything lower than this and the seat will be uncomfortable to sit in for long periods.


4. Check the Drawers


Testing a sliding drawer is the best way to check whether you are getting high-quality furniture. Drawers should glide open and close softly and be equipped with stops to prevent them from being pulled out too far. The best drawers will float in the groove to allow for heat expansion and changes in humidity.


5. Looking for The Cream of The Crop? Check The Cushions!

High end manufactures will self deck their upholstered furniture. This means that the same fabric is used for every part of the piece to create a cohesive look. For example, the same fabric used on the top of the seat cushion will be used underneath the chair where the cushion sits, so if it is removed, the chair will not lose its sense of elegance.

We hoped these tips help you when you want to start finding quality furniture for your home. If you are looking for luxury furniture, then browse our collection of McGuire Furniture and find beautiful handcrafted pieces that will be perfect for your home.