Knock on wood

Selecting the right wooden furniture for your home can be tricky. We chip in with our two-pence worth

Knock on wood
While the most obvious way to choose the right furniture for your home is to pick styles, colours and textures that blend well with the existing decor, there are a few other factors that come into play. For instance, when it comes to wood, one of the most popular materials used to make chairs and benches, because of its rich appearance, durability and ease of construction, there’s a lot to ponder over before you choose that wooden sofa or table for your home. Here, we list down a few tips that can help you choose the right one for your dream home.

Quality

When browsing through the available choices at a furniture store, make sure your chosen furniture items are made of high-quality wood inline. Most often this aspect of the furniture is compromised. Don’t hestitate to ask questions about the origin of the material and where it has been sourced from. Do take a look at the certification that comes with your furniture.

Design

The thing that makes the biggest impact when you choose wooden furniture for a modern living room is the design. The right design for your home will be one that is in perfect sync with your existing decor and yet stand out.

Requirements

When a piece is going to be placed in a family room and used every day, it needs to be durable. Choose wisely, since you'll be opening and closing the drawers or doors often. But if it is going to be an accent piece in a little-used guest room, durability is not as important as shape and size.

Function

You should look to pick items that will have significant functionality for you, as you will be spending a sizeable sum of money for your new furniture. When buying chests, display units, centre tables or dining tables, make sure that you pick a design with lots of intelligent storage options incorporated in them to enhance the functionality, giving you more value for your money.

Construction quality

This is mainly determined by two characteristics: method of joining parts of the wooden item and sturdiness of the item. The joints should be tight without any glue showing.

Finish quality

A quality finish involves three main steps: sanding, staining, and finishing. If any one of these steps is not done properly, the finish does not look as good as it should.

Sofa secrets

When you choose a sofa or upholstered chair for your home, you should consider the look and quality of the item. There are three components that distinguish a sofa that separates the good ones from the “also-rans”. They are the frame, the seating support and the filling. Not only do these structural details determine the comfort of your sofa, they also determine how long your sofa will last in your

home.

(The writer is the founder of The Furniture Republic)

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