There is a very old saying – ‘you get what you pay for’ – and this can be especially true when applied to furniture. Most people do not have the money to spend large amounts on quality furniture, opting instead for the cheap flat-pack route, but this can sometimes prove a false economy, as cheap furniture may need to be replaced more often.
Why buy Quality?
It is always possible to tell when a piece of furniture is of a high quality. There will be something about the construction and the use of materials that will help to define this elusive, intangible element. Quality furniture will look better, feel better and last longer than a cheaper alternative.
Usually, quality equates with expensive, and quality is always worth the extra money. A well-made piece of furniture will always hold its value, even possibly becoming a collector’s item or valuable antique one day. It could also make a wonderful heirloom to be treasured and passed down through generations.
Where Quality should be Bought?
There are some standard pieces of furniture for the home that are worth spending some serious money on. A dining or kitchen table will almost certainly endure a lot of use, so it would be worthwhile to invest in a quality dining set. MDF or pine is a poor choice for such a table. Far better to invest in a hardwood material, such as a solid oak dining table, that will not only look good but will stand the test of time.
Comfort should also play a significant factor when deciding on furniture, and this applies especially to sofas and other seating. Cheap sofas are less generous when it comes to the padding on seat cushions, and use inferior materials for the framework. Quality furniture will use superior materials, demonstrate strong stitching in the upholstery and provide a high level of comfort.
The bed is another piece of furniture that demands a good investment. This is a twofold process, as the bed frame is not only important, but the mattress needs to be comfortable too. A sturdy wooden bedstead, such as a sleigh bed, not only looks like it will last forever but also creates a wonderful focal point in the bedroom. Test out a few mattresses to find the best level of support for the body before buying.
How to Invest in Quality?
Most people cannot afford to fit out an entire room with quality furniture in one go. Half the pleasure of buying quality is the finding of it. If buying old, this can involve countless pleasurable hours of browsing through antique shops to find just the right piece. Furnishing a room with quality furniture becomes a process, saving up to buy one piece, and then saving up again for the next.
Modern furniture stores offer ways for people to buy quality pieces with the provision of interest free credit over a set number of years, so that people can have the benefit of the furniture months before they have paid for the item.
Another good saying to deter cheap buying: ‘always buy the best that you can afford’.