Choosing the right furniture for your home might seem like a simple enough task: you go to a store, pick whichever model appeals to you, and buy it. Except all too often the new purchase ends up being a disappointment quality-wise.
That’s why choosing furniture shouldn’t be only about design or color.
Here are the 6 things to look for when buying new furniture:
1. Check the quality of the laminated chipboard.
First off, the boards should have no foreign smells. A strong chemical smell means the material contains too much formaldehyde, which is toxic, especially to small children.
Ask the vendor to show you a quality certificate for the materials. Find the formaldehyde safety code:
- E1 means the material is safe;
- E2 means the material is not suitable for furniture, especially children’s furniture.
The surface of the piece should be even and smooth, with no scratch marks or dents. Chipping is a sign of low-quality materials.
2. Check the edge bands.
Edge bands protect furniture parts from mechanic damage and humidity and prevent the chipboard from splitting.
Remember, the edge band should be closely fitted. You shouldn’t be able to see the adhesive bead or chipping, which let in humidity and other environmental factors that distend and destroy the chipboard.
3. Avoid cheap fittings.
This refers to both the outside fittings (handles, legs, etc.) and the fasteners (such as hinges, screws, etc.). The quality of the fittings is what determines how long the panels will last, whether doors will sag or the hinges squeal, and how easy it will be to open the drawers.
Make sure the whole piece is reliable and well-fitted.
4. Check the packaging.
The packaging for your new furniture determines what condition this furniture will be in when it arrives at your place. The best packaging material is three-ply corrugated cardboard with moisture-resistant finish. The edges of the packaging should be protected by tape with the manufacturer’s logo.
5. Check the durability.
Any furniture comes with a certain lifespan. If the manufacturer promises a very short service life, it means the materials used in production are very low quality.
6. Don’t forget to read the guarantee.
The guarantee is another sure sign of quality and reliability. Some manufacturers set a very short guarantee period (no more than two years) to avoid having to face disgruntled customers.
If the manufacturer gives a longtime guarantee, it means they are sure of the quality of their products and take full responsibility.
Remember these tips next time you need a new sofa—and you won’t be disappointed!