Shopping for Quality Wood Furniture?
It's not that easy anymore, especially if you're shopping online. I just googled the phrase "top quality wood furniture" and came up with products like a 5 piece dining set for $356 at Target and a twin bed complete with underbed storage at Walmart for $139. Those are not products that most of us would call "high quality".
Checking Quality in the Showroom
At Vermont Woods Studios we've been working for 9 years to be able to provide a showroom (Stonehurst) where customers can come and experience the beauty and honesty of true high quality wood furniture. I've noticed that when customers visit us, often they split up in the store. One person chats with us about their needs and the style of their home, while the other person inspects the quality of our furniture. He/she opens drawers, looks underneath table tops, moves dressers around to see how the backs are attached and so on. This is an important part of the purchase process. But what if you're shopping online?
How to Gauge Quality when Shopping Online
Online fine furniture stores must provide enough detail via photos and articles to enable customers to judge their quality. On our website, for example we post a "Construction Details" page for every furniture collection we offer. Here you'll find details ranging from the natural characteristics of the wood, to the type of joinery used, to instructions for care & maintenance (which are dependent on the type of wood and finish selected).
Find more tips and advice on buying fine furniture here: Top Quality Wood Furniture: A Buyers Guide.