As we have gone over in previous posts, buying furniture is scary. How do you know if the pieces you are considering are worth the price? Sometimes, it is hard to tell! In our buyers guide series, we hope to eliminate some of that fear and help you decide which pieces are worth investing in.

In this week’s post, we are covering wood products, such as dressers, chests, and nightstands. There are simple ways to tell if the piece you are buying is worth that pricey tag.

1. It all starts with the wood. A high quality piece will be made of a solid hardwood. This wood will then be kiln dried to release any moisture that will cause the wood from expanding or contracting over time. Unfortunately, solid wood is rare to find so your next contender should be an engineered wood with solid wood veneer. An engineered wood should not be dismissed because of its overall strength and durability.

2.Pay attention to the drawers. In a high quality drawer, you will find the following:

       a. A smooth, even dovetail joint is the most visible joint technique that showcases quality. This type of joint is noted for its tensile strength and once glued together, requires no mechanical fasteners.


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       b. Corner blocks underneath the drawers. If you take a peek under the drawer, you will notice a small block in the corners. This adds extra strength and stability by enforcing joints.

Dust panels. A high quality wood chest should have thin pieces of wood in-between the drawers. This adds extra strength, keeps dust off of your clothes, and allows the drawers to glide properly.

Glides. Whether your furniture has a mechanical glide or a wood glide, you want to make sure the drawers glide smoothly, close flush, and have stoppers so they don’t fall out.

Back panels. If you look on the back of your piece, notice how the back panel is attached. You want to look for a sanded smooth and well-fitted engineered wood that has been screwed in, not stapled.

Here is an example of a few more quality characteristics seen in Kincaid Furniture, available to order at Turner’s Fine Furniture:

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As always, if you are unsure about your purchase, any of Turner’s designers would be happy to explain the quality difference and go over these steps with you.

If you have any other concerns about the buying process, let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!