Before you buy furniture, it is important to do as much research as you can. When you see how some of the most common myths are debunked, you will be able to make your next purchase more wisely.
Myth #1: Heavier Always Means Better Quality
You should determine quality by how the furniture is constructed, not just what is used to construct it - there are many cases where heavy furniture is not constructed in the best way. Always look beyond the materials that the furniture is made of. Product descriptions include these details, and you can also ask a sales representative for assistance.
If you want your furniture to last a long time, stay away from anything nailed or stapled together. You can also spot low quality furniture by drawers and doors. Drawers should contain stop blocks to prevent them from being pulled all the way out and falling. They should also glide out smoothly. Make sure the doors close neatly and are properly aligned with even gaps.
Myth #2: Solid Wood is Always the Best Choice
While solid wood ages well and looks nice with just about everything, it may not be the best fit for all situations. Think about your lifestyle and environment, and whether the downsides of choosing natural wood will work for you. Some disadvantages you'll find with solid wood are natural flaws and knots. Temperature conditions are also important to pay attention to - wood swells in humidity and contracts in dry conditions. It's a possibility that wood will not contract back to its original size if exposed to excessive moisture for too long. Solid wood is more prone to cracking than veneered wood.
Myth #3: There Are Two Whites to Choose From - White and Off-White
Thousands of shades fit into these categories. Make sure that you're looking at as many as you can. Each shade of white catches light and shadows differently. The wonderful thing about choosing white pieces of furniture is that they have the ability to brighten up the entire room. If you examine each shade carefully, you will get the most out of your choice in the long run.
Look at the undertones of a shade of white and the pieces you plan on pairing it with. If you want to go for a contemporary look, cool whites (whites with blue undertones) will look best. Cool whites work well when paired with blacks and/or bold colors for contrast. If your space has more of a romantic theme, warm whites (whites with yellow undertones) will pull all of the elements together nicely.
By: Lee Krumbein