While there is nothing wrong with purchasing starter pieces, there will come a time when you’re ready to trade in those Ikea pieces and graduate to the next step.
TIP ONE: Look outside of the box(stores).
Here’s a riddle, “If most furniture is cheaply made, where can I find high quality wood furniture (without spending an arm and a leg)? At the outset of your search we suggest looking into your local Craigslist, Goodwill, and antique stores. While we know some aren’t fund of the idea of buying any used items, here’s our rationale: Most retailers don’t carry new furniture that matches the quality of furniture manufactured 20+ years ago (not even 10 years ago). A clever, and financially savvy way, to get around this is to source furniture from a local Goodwill then swap out hardware, re-stain and enjoy a high quality piece, that with a little elbow grease, outshines its contemporaries.
TIP TWO: Construction Counts.
Be on the lookout for tale-tale signs of poor craftsmanship and low quality— large furniture that is lightweight, has poor joints, and furniture that lacks solid wood pieces. Most retailers sell entry-level furniture that is particle board covered with veneer. Solid pieces are a better alternative for your furniture as they tend to last longer and hold up against heavy use. Pieces that are of higher quality will have dovetail joints, metal hardware (brass as opposed to high-grade plastic), and be fairly heavy to lift.
TIP THREE: Slow and Steady Wins.
Don’t rush. Sure, no one wants their home to be virtually empty when guests arrive but everyone understands that sourcing furniture takes time (and money). While you save up and continue to search for high quality wood furniture, buy reasonably priced furniture to tide you over but DON’T feel compelled to fill every section of your house with poorly made furniture just so your home doesn’t seem empty. Think about the many pieces of furniture you’ve purchased over the years that have fallen apart from heavy usage and moving. Outfitting your home will take time. Think quality not quantity.
BONUS TIP: Stay Connected With Manufacturers.
The best opportunities tend to show up when you’re not looking for them. Connect with local furniture stores and manufacturers, like EBN Woodworks, via social media to be aware of the latest trends in furniture. EBN Woodworks creates custom pieces for people across the U.S. and is constantly thinking of new takes on old things so be sure to connect with us via Instagram for the latest in high quality wood furniture.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We Stand On Quality.
Here’s our question to you: Do you trust the quality of any of your furniture enough to sit or stand on it? If not, you’ll be in the market for high quality wood furniture soon enough. Here at EBN Woodworks, we’re more than willing to sit on (and stand on) our furniture. EBN guarantees quality craftsmanship every time all the time.