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Buyer’s Guide: 5 Secrets To Choosing The Best Quality Furniture For Your Home

These 5 easy secrets will help you recognize a timeless quality piece from a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Every new design challenge is like a blank canvas, and every home is a work of art in progress. Once you’ve decided what you want your home to look like, defined a budget, and picked out an awesome color palette, it’s time to hit the shops in search of the perfect furniture to complete your home.  So how do you choose the best quality furniture that will stand the test of time?

Dining chairs, beds, and sofas are pieces that will see the most traffic and will bear a lot of wear and tear throughout the years.  If you know how to choose great quality furniture and care for it properly, these pieces will not only last a lifetime, but can be passed on to your future generations!

Take some tips from the professionals as we reveal 5 secrets that will help you choose the best quality furniture for your budget!

Invest In Quality Custom Furniture

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With proper care, custom furniture can become a collector’s item and a great return on investment!

Experts agree the dining room is the wisest place to invest in custom furniture. It’s a high traffic area and a space that shows off your exquisite taste in design and décor. A comfortable dining chair is the focal point of any gorgeous dining area, and creates a welcoming gathering place to entertain family and friends.

The best part of investing in custom furniture? You have total control of the look, comfort, and finish of your furniture that will stand out from the crowd and last for many years to come.

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Custom furniture is a great choice because it’s made with expert craftsmanship, comfort, and beautiful details in mind to ensure your furniture is a timeless classic. With proper care they can become a collector’s item and a great return on investment!

Study The Finish Closely

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Run your hands over the material to check for bumps, splinters, and an uneven surface.

You don’t need to be an expert to scrutinize the details when shopping for furniture. Take a closer look at the basics. High quality furniture will have an even and opaque finish, with no visible brush strokes or bubbles on the surface. Paint and wood stains should emphasize a beautiful wood grain, and should not be used to camouflage flaws.

 Know What Kind of Wood Your Buying

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In the furniture world, it’s important to know what type of wood your paying for. Once you’re armed with this knowledge, you can haggle with the seller for a better price.

Solid Wood – Solid wood is the highest quality and can withstand more use, PLUS it can be easily repaired. The good news? Solid wood has a range of 9-60 stain options. If you want to refinish your wood down the line to a more modern color, you have endless options.

“Wood Veneers” – Furniture made of wooden veneers has the beautiful look of solid wood, but for a cheaper price. This means a cheaper particleboard construction with thin layers of “solid wood” glued on top. The layers are usually around 3mm (1/8 inches) thick. It looks great and is more affordable, but is susceptible to peeling and water damage.

Particleboard – The cheapest of all options, particleboard is a combination of wood pulp and scrap wood, combined with plastic and glue. This is the most affordable type of furniture, but won’t hold up for many years. Furniture companies tend to sell high ticket items made of this material, so make sure you know what you’re buying before you pay.

Leather vs. Plastic

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Fun fact: Polyurethane furniture is not as environmentally friendly, since it takes 500 years to become biodegradable vs leather at just 50 years.

This one comes down to durability and lifespan. Traditional leather furniture is overall a better investment than faux-leather, also known as polyurethane.

Although faux leather is easy to clean with just a quick wipe of the sponge, it is susceptible to cracking and UV damage caused by sunlight. If you’re buying furniture for a sunny room in your house, leather is a smarter choice in the long run.

 Test It Out and Get Physical

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Designer tip: A second opinion never hurt anybody. Shop with a friend to help you test out that new bed or chair you have your eye on. Chances are they may notice something you won’t!

You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, would you? Shopping for high quality furniture should be approached with the same mindset. Sit on that chair or couch you have your eye on, bounce up and down and don’t be shy to even lie down on it. Better quality furniture should be comfortable, more ample sized, and heavy. The higher the quality of raw materials, cushions, and springs, the more weight will be added to the item.

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What’s Hot: 8 Beautiful Gold Brass and Hammered Metal Kitchens

While we agree brass and metal kitchens look great, some very brave homeowners have taken it a step further, fully committing entire kitchen cabinets and islands to the trend!

Hammered metal and brass have been the reigning go-to style choice for beautiful accents in kitchens and homes in recent years. From faucets to doorknobs and light fixtures, warm metallics have slowly crept into popularity with homeowners and designers alike.

While we agree metal and brass accents look great, some very brave homeowners have taken it a step further, fully committing entire kitchen cabinets and islands to the trend!

So what do you guys think, is this trend a backstage crew on center-stage star? Check out these beautiful hammered-metal and brass kitchens to help you make up your mind!

Kitchen With Gold Metal Subway Tiles

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Stainless Silver Hammered Metal Cabinets

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Thanks to its structural durability, metal has been a major component of home design since the beginning of time. These kitchen cabinets were hammered with sterling silver metal sheets and matching hammered-metal hardware. What’s great about hammered metal? It contains texture, warmth, and color depth that stainless steel lacks. Although a bit on the pricey side, it’s an investment that will outlast wood or plastic kitchens.

Mixing Color With Modern Brass Hardware 

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Did you know? Metal brass hardware is 300% more durable than zinc hardware! 

Metal or brass hardware is the easiest and most affordable way to jump on this trend! This turquoise kitchen was refreshed with gold hardware that is minimalistic and trendy. When choosing brass metal hardware, go with solid brass only as it is 300% more durable than zinc.

Gold Brass Countertops KILL Germs!

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Brass metal countertops are perfect for families with kids. Why you may ask? Brass is anti-microbial. Just wipe with a wet cloth to clean. No soap or cleaners required! Since brass is made of mostly copper, it automatically kills germs on contact. Now that’s a kitchen we would really love to own!

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Aubrie Pick

Gold brass is non-toxic and totally safe to use in the kitchen! 

Brass is made of two natural elements – copper and zinc. The cool part? It’s naturally forming and can be found in many multi-vitamins and foods. It’s also totally safe to use in your kitchen too, since it’s not toxic unless consumed in high doses.

Gold Kitchen Island

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Emmas Design Blog

Golden brass looks great with virtually any and texture or color, including different shades of wood flooring, marble, and tiles.

White kitchens have been a popular gold standard for years amongst designers and decor divas alike. Make your kitchen shine from the rest and invest in a gold brass kitchen island. Wondering if it would look good in your home? Golden brass looks great with virtually and texture or color, including different shades of wood flooring, marble, and tiles.

It Looks Great With Virtually Any Style Kitchen

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Whether you’re a city girl or country girl – gold brass looks beautiful in any style imaginable.

From traditional to modern, it doesn’t really matter! Gold brass and metal hardware looks beautiful in any style kitchen. This Southern cream kitchen received a facelift with a brass chandelier and country-style faucet. So whether you’re a city or country girl, this design trend will definitely work for you!

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