High quality solid wood furniture is usually passed down from generation to generation, as most people know.
It amazes some people that there is furniture that is well over several hundred years old, and still looks and functions like new, when brand new furniture can break after only a couple of months. If all comes down to the build quality of the furniture and the materials used, and if you are looking to furnish your home with only high quality furniture then you should know how to select it.
It is easy to fall prey to marketing when going out to purchase furniture, and end up paying extra for furniture that has nothing special, the build quality is poor, and uses cheap materials. This is especially true if you are looking for solid oak furniture such as an oak dining table or coffee table, but it also applies to other types of furniture such as dark wood furniture.
Furniture manufacturers have started to come up with solutions for those who have limited but who would still like to have solid oak furniture in their home.
The furniture created looks like solid oak, but it is not created entirely out of solid oak, so its price is significantly lower than that of solid oak furniture. It does use oak, but only on the exterior, and only a thin layer of it, so the furniture looks exactly like the real thing, except it is much lighter, it is not as durable, and it does not have the build quality of real oak furniture.
This would not be a problem if furniture stores would point out what furniture is made out entirely out of oak and what furniture is made out of the mix mentioned above.
However, few stores actually do, and instead they attract people into purchasing the furniture mentioning nothing about the mix used, so people think it is actually solid oak furniture at an amazingly low price. After a couple of months or years people start discover that what they purchased is in fact a cheap copy of the original, as the furniture starts breaking down.
You want to avoid making such mistakes. Even if the furniture purchased may look good, you do not want it breaking after a couple of years because that means you will have to invest in new furniture again.
There is no point in changing your furniture every couple of years, as in the end you will discover that you are actually paying more money like this than you would if you were to purchase solid oak furniture from the start.
What you need to do is ask the store clerk whenever you see oak furniture at a very low price. Sometimes it may be a true discount and you may be able to purchase high quality furniture at a low price, but in other cases they will not be made out of solid oak and you will avoid a costly mistake.
The clerk should provide you with all the information you need, but if you do not ask, the clerk will not tell you on his or her own that the furniture is not actually made out of solid oak.
As you see, it does pay off to take a little time and do a little research online before going to the furniture store to purchase your new furniture. Hopefully you now know enough to avoid purchasing the wrong type of furniture and you know exactly what to look after to find high quality furniture.
One of the best indications of this is the sheer weight of the furniture, as a solid oak dining table is extremely heavy and will be noticeably heavier than furniture created out of any other type of wood.
This applies to coffee table, an armchair, a wardrobe, and anything else, so just be sure to check the weight before purchasing. If solid oak is too expensive and you are looking for an alternative then be sure to take a look at some dark wood furniture as well. It looks amazing and the price is usually lower than that of oak furniture. You will not be disappointed by purchasing it, for sure.