How to choose furniture.
There are so many furniture on sale now that it’s hard for a client to determine which one is of really good quality and which is better not to buy.
Classic and English style coexist in stores with furniture in the Art Nouveau, Baroque, minimalism, high-tech and other furniture. The furniture can be cabinet and soft, exclusive and serial, it is produced in the form of standard sets (headsets) and modules or sections (finished elements, allowing you to create custom designs).
And, finally, you can simply buy furniture, or you can order, not only from samples and catalogs, but also from your own project. But in the end – this is not the main thing. The main thing is that the furniture should be of high quality. What does this mean from a consumer perspective? First of all, it’s beautiful, comfortable, strong (reliable and durable) and safe in terms of ecology.
And what does it take for a product to possess all of these features? Artistic taste and professionalism of developers? Of course. Art masters and perfect technology? Of course. But even if all these conditions are met, nothing good will come of it without good materials. What does the client know about them? Yes, almost nothing.
Meanwhile, in order to correctly assess the quality of furniture, you just need to know what it is made of. We decided to write a little about it. So first, let’s talk about materials for cabinet furniture.
Wood – the furniture industry uses wood for the manufacture of frames and facades of cabinet furniture, as well as for their decoration. An array of natural wood does not need special recommendations.
True, an impartial approach unexpectedly reveals more shortcomings than advantages. The tree is afraid of water and fire, it is easy to damage it mechanically, it needs constant care. On the other hand, the tree has incomparable beauty, literally radiates heat, does not threaten health, and, finally, this material can be repeatedly “reanimated”. But all this, of course, only if the tree from which the furniture is made is of good quality, well-dried, without knots, cracks, etc. Unfortunately, when buying furniture, the buyer is not able to evaluate whether all the necessary preparatory stages wood has passed. So what you want, you don’t want, but you have to rely on the integrity of the manufacturer. But the type of wood, on which the reliability and durability of furniture also largely depends, is chosen by the buyer.
Therefore, I think it would be useful to learn something about the properties of wood. The furniture industry has long used valuable species of wood – oak, walnut, birch, beech, maple, ash, cherry, mahogany. Their “value” is primarily in strength. But if you want to buy furniture, for example, from walnut or cherry, you will see only imported products in stores. Domestic furniture makers mainly offer oak, less often beech and very rarely birch. The lion’s share of furniture today is made of pine. Our advice: when buying pine products, remember that they require a careful attitude. Pine is not among the valuable species, and products from it are “soft”. The most suitable place for pine furniture is the bedroom: nice and healthy. But for the nursery, hallway or dining room it is better to choose something “stronger”.
Joiner plate is another material made entirely of natural wood. It resembles a “sandwich” in structure, in which a pine core is sandwiched between two layers of plywood. Joiner plate is used for the manufacture of furniture facades and frames, “decorating” and protecting the outside with decorative material. This “sandwich” is still little known, but it seems to have good prospects.
Veneer is a thin section of wood that is glued to the base (for example, chipboard) and covered with several layers of furniture varnish. It seems that the furniture is completely made of solid wood, but at the same time it costs much less. However, in order to achieve this effect, the veneer must be carefully selected in color and texture. Perhaps this is the main requirement for him. As for varnishes, today furniture makers prefer Swedish and German heat-resistant varnishes. Although along with this, natural materials are increasingly being used, for example, beeswax based varnishes.
When buying solid wood furniture, remember the “nature” of the wood of which it is made. Pine – a soft tree, but oak, walnut, beech, cherry, etc. – the species are harder. Therefore, pine furniture is quite suitable for a quiet bedroom, and you will have to choose something stronger for the kitchen, dining room or nursery. Keep in mind: natural wood products need careful care, so be patient and care for them.