Furniture Buying Tips
Know what you’re buying. Furniture has a wide variety of materials it can be made from. As a consumer, you want to have some knowledge of them so that you can know what you want and you know what questions to ask to make sure you get it.
Wood. You will generally find two kinds of wood in furniture – solid wood and engineered wood. Solid wood furniture can last the longest, but it can also be susceptible to humidity, warping and splitting. Also, solid wood furniture can be the most expensive. Engineered wood is more forgiving in humidity and, when paired with a good veneer, can last nearly as long as solid wood furniture at a much lower cost.
Leather. Leather furniture can be easily misunderstood – or even mistaken with other low-end products meant to mimic leather qualities. “Is this real leather?” should be the question you always ask when shopping. What you want is Premium Top Grain Leather. What you don’t want is bonded leather or fake leather. Top Grain Leather can withstand body sweat, oils and even spills without issue. Lesser products can dry out, peel and flake.
Fabric. Today’s fabrics are stronger and more durable than they have been in the past, but you still want to know what you are buying and what your options are. Microfiber is a long time favorite for easy cleanup and durability against pets and kids. Chenille fabric is another top choice, providing a different look over microfiber, but still giving you the cleanability and durability you want. And there is even the old classic Polyester. Extended warranties can be a great option if have kids, pets or a messy husband, but be cautious. What accidents are covered and what is not? Does the warranty offer replacement?