How to Find High-Quality Furniture for Your Home - Consumer Reports

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Whether you are looking for a comfortable new sofa or a sturdy dining table, it is difficult to tell which ones are truly durable. Carefully scan the online furniture description for some keywords to indicate that quality will help. This is something to look for in cork furniture. If you are shopping in a store, please ask whether the furniture you are interested in has these functions.

Sofas, armchairs, etc.

The kiln-dried hardwood frame with eight-way hand-tie springs is a high-quality product. The less expensive webbing support can be very comfortable, but it will stretch over time. The plywood platform supports the lowest cost and most uncomfortable.

 It is best to fill it completely with down (solid or synthetic fibers), or for more support, wrap the down or synthetic fiber with a foam core. The cheaper seats will be equipped with full foam cushions, which look very square and blocky.

 “If a fabric starts to pill or change color, you will hate it long before the sofa or chair wears out,” said Juliana Oliveira, an interior designer in Dallas. She added that the most durable fabrics are "commercial grade", "performance" or "indoor/outdoor". Compared with all-cotton or all-linen decorations, blends made of polyester are generally more durable, easier to clean, and cheaper.

 The extremely soft top-grain leather is easy to stain and may not be the best choice for dining chairs or families with children. For the appearance of leather without high price and maintenance, manufactured versions such as "bonded" leather or leather "gel" (basically leather scraps held together with glue or polyurethane) may be easier to maintain.

Desks, bookcases, desks, etc.

Many people think that solid wood is the best, but wood veneer can be more affordable and is also suitable for bookshelves and other large solid works.

Dovetail joints are the strongest, but furniture with "butt" seams (glued) can stand well and cost less.

The surface should be smooth and smooth. For dining tables and other heavily used parts, catalytic conversion varnish is more resistant to abrasion than paint finish.

 This article also appeared in the February 2021 issue of Consumer Reports.

Daniel Bortz

Daniel Bortz (Daniel Bortz) is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia. His books have been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Money Magazine and Kiplinger Press.

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