How to choose furniture.
There is so much furniture on sale now that it is difficult for the customer to determine which is of really good quality and which is better not to buy.
Classic and English style coexist in stores with furniture in the style of art Nouveau, Baroque, minimalism, high-tech, etc. furniture can be Cabinet and soft, exclusive and serial, it is produced in the form of standard sets (headsets) and modules or sections (ready-made elements that allow you to create custom designs).
And finally, you can simply buy furniture, and you can order it, not only from samples and catalogs, but also from your own project. But in the end – this is not the main thing. The main thing is that the furniture is of high quality. What does this mean from the consumer’s point of view? First of all, it is beautiful, comfortable, durable (reliable and durable) and safe in the sense of ecology.
And what do you need for the product to have all these features? Artistic taste and professionalism of developers? Sure. Art of masters and perfect technology? Definitely. But even if all these conditions are met, nothing good will happen without good materials. What do we know about them? Almost nothing.
Meanwhile, in order to correctly assess the quality of furniture, you just need to know what it is made of. We decided to write a little about it. So first let’s talk about materials for Cabinet furniture.
Wood-in the furniture industry, wood is used for making frames and facades of Cabinet furniture, as well as for finishing them. The array of natural wood in specific recommendations do not need.
However, with an unbiased approach, more disadvantages than advantages are suddenly discovered. The tree is afraid of water and fire, it is easy to damage it mechanically, it needs constant care. On the other hand, the tree has an incomparable beauty, literally radiates heat, does not threaten health, and, finally, this material can be repeatedly “reanimated”. But all this, of course, only if the wood from which the furniture is made is of high quality – well dried, without knots, cracks, etc. Unfortunately, when buying furniture, the buyer does not have the opportunity to assess whether all the necessary preparatory stages have passed the wood. So whether you want to or not, you have to rely on the integrity of the manufacturer. But the type of wood, which also largely depends on the reliability and durability of furniture, is chosen by the buyer.
Therefore, I think it will be useful to learn something about the properties of wood. The furniture industry has long used valuable wood species-oak, walnut, birch, beech, maple, ash, cherry, mahogany. Their “value” is primarily in strength. But if you want to buy furniture, for example, made of nuts or cherries, you will see only imported products in stores. Domestic furniture manufacturers offer mostly oak, less often-beech and very rarely – birch. The lion’s share of furniture today is made of pine. Our advice: when buying pine products, remember that they require careful treatment. Pine is not a valuable species, and products made of it are “soft”. The most suitable place for pine furniture – a bedroom: nicely and for health it is useful. But for the nursery, hallway or dining room, it is better to choose something “stronger”.
Joiner’s plate is another material that consists entirely of natural wood. The structure resembles a “sandwich” in which a pine core is sandwiched between two layers of plywood. Joiner’s plate is used for making furniture facades and frames, “decorating” and protecting the outside with finishing material. This “sandwich” is still not well known, but it seems to have good prospects.
Veneer is a thin section of wood that is glued to the base (for example, a chipboard slab) and covered with several layers of furniture varnish. It seems that the furniture is made entirely of solid wood, but it is much cheaper. However, to achieve this effect, the veneer must be carefully selected in color and texture. Perhaps this is the main requirement for it. As for varnishes, today furniture makers prefer Swedish and German heat-resistant varnishes. Although along with this, natural materials are increasingly used, for example, beeswax-based varnishes.
When buying solid wood furniture, remember the” character ” of the wood it is made of. Pine – a soft wood, but oak, walnut, beech, cherry, etc. – the more solid rock. Therefore, for a quiet bedroom, pine furniture is quite suitable, and for the kitchen, dining room or children’s room, you will have to choose something stronger. Keep in mind: products made of natural wood need careful care, so be patient and take care of them.