How to Evaluate Furniture


Furniture is anything movable that supports human activities: sitting (chairs, sofas), working with items in an environment (desks and tables), eating (cookware, dishes and tableware) and sleeping (beds and beds). It can also be decorative or serve as a means of showcasing important objects.

Furniture can be distinguished according to style: Modern furniture focuses on form over function, Postmodern design intersects with Pop art and other movements to make a statement, Traditional designs are elegant and refined, while Transitional styles fit somewhere between Modern and Traditional. Furniture can also be distinguished by its materials and construction. Solid wood is high-end and durable, and carved or veneered pieces can be beautiful and intricate. Furniture can be crafted from metal, plastic or other materials. Furniture can also be made in one of two styles: constructional, where the appearance of a piece shows how it’s put together, and stylized construction where the appearance conceals the way a piece is constructed.

Often, the best way to evaluate furniture is to try it out in person. But if you can’t visit stores, you can read customer ratings online (though keep in mind that one person’s “ugly color, too modern” is another’s dream sofa). You can also look for quality indicators such as seams that are straight and tight, welting or buttons that don’t come off easily, and fabric that doesn’t pill when touched. These are all signs of good craftsmanship. A low-quality piece of furniture will likely have many problems and require frequent repairs or replacements, which can be costly over time.