Here are some details to look for when shopping for wood furniture.
For the best preservation and protection look for a rich, even finish. A multi-step finish maximizes the beauty and durability of the wood surface while enhancing color, depth and clarity.
Ask if the hardware is coated to ensure it retains its luster and beauty.
Many manufacturers use staples to connect the backs to the main frame. Staples often come loose, weakening the furniture. Backing that will remain intact over time is secured with screws and has corner block
Furniture taller than 30 inches can tip over. Make sure furniture you are considering has passed industry standard testing to ensure safety against tipping.
Inspect the inside of each drawer to make sure they are smoothly finished on every side and bottom to ensure contents are safe from snags
Look for drawers with dovetail construction. Dovetail construction is stronger, more durable and allows for more space inside than other joining method
Smooth Gliding Drawers
Make sure drawers open and close smoothly. There are multiple types of high quality glide systems. Metal side glides with ballbearings and waxed, wood-on-wood glides both ensure smooth gliding over time. Make sure they use internal stops so drawers don’t pull out too far
Check the framing of the case by taking out a drawer. Inspect the inside to make sure it is framed with cut-to-fit wood. Sealing the bottom with a panel adds extra stability.