Buying furniture can be a pretty overwhelming ordeal since there are so many different types to choose from. On top of that, you will probably be shelling out quite a bit of cash to get a piece of any decent quality. Therefore, you probably want to know exactly how to get great bang for your buck long before you walk into that furniture store. Here are some tips that you can use to separate the great furniture from the decent, starting with choosing the wood:
Always Check the Type of Wood
If you are looking for wood furniture, then one of the biggest decisions that you will need to make is what kind of wood you are looking for. The exact type will influence the durability of the item as well as how long you should expect it to last before breaking down or wearing out. Of course, there are other factors that influence the quality of a piece of furniture, but picking the right type of wood for your situation is a great place to start.
To start, here are some of the most common types of wood used in furniture:
- Oak - If you want a strong, durable wood, then oak is a great choice. It's usually brown or reddish-brown, but always has a very attractive grain. If you want to show off your furniture and aren't afraid to spend a couple extra bucks (since oak does tend to run on the more expensive side), then consider oak.
- Mahogany - If you want to get something even more expensive and luxurious than oak, then mahogany is your best bet. In general, mahogany is the same color as oak, although it can be a much deeper red or a very moderate brown. If you want to buy furniture purely for its longevity, then you can get more cost-effective options than mahogany, but few things can approach its aesthetic appeal.
- Pine - On the other end of the spectrum, you have pine, which is quite inexpensive and proportionately durable. For small pieces of furniture or pieces that won't be in very much danger (from rampaging children and/or dogs), pine is a good choice, especially if you want a creamier shade.
- Basswood - Basswood is comparably durable to pine at a similar price point. The only major difference between the two is the colors that you can choose from, with basswood being generally creaming white, brown, or red, while pine can be creamy or yellowish-brown.
To learn more, contact a furniture store like American Classic Furniture & Mattresses.