It’s hard to go into any furniture store these days and not see lots of pieces made from reclaimed wood. But like any trendy material, it can be hard to know what the phrase “reclaimed wood” actually means. Allow us to explain. (more…)
We recently dove into the types of wood products that can create a piece of wood furniture, covering solid wood, plywood, particle board, and MDF. But there was one thing we didn’t have room to get into—the difference between solid wood that’s grown here in the US and solid wood that’s grown in another country. Keep reading to find out more about why it matters where wood comes from (and check out our selection of gorgeous wood furniture here). (more…)
While there are so many different kinds of furniture—loveseats, china cabinets, ottomans, benches, dressers—they can really be classified into two major groups: Those covered in fabric (a.k.a. upholstery) and those made of wood (what we call “casegoods” in the industry). We have a series of posts discussing upholstery furniture quality, so if you’re shopping for a sofa or chair, check out our posts on frame material and construction, springs and suspension and seat and back cushions. But if you’re shopping for wood furniture and want to make sure you’re buying something that’s high quality, you’ll need to learn about four elements: wood, veneer, joinery and finishes. First, we’re going to dive into the main material of casegoods: the wood itself. (And check out our selection of gorgeous wood furniture here.) (more…)
We recently went over the nitty gritty of what goes into a high-quality sofa, explaining all the options manufacturers have when making the frame, suspension, and cushions. But that’s only one piece of the puzzle; the other is explaining what you’ll actually find when shopping in some of the more popular retailers. We took a look at the offerings in RH (Restoration Hardware), Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Room & Board, and, of course, The Stated Home. We compared the qualities and prices of a basic, large, slipcovered sofa across all the stores, gathering info from the stores’ websites, other online sources, and reviews. What we found was that not only does quality vary between retailers, but within the retailers as well. No wonder the whole process can be confusing! Here’s more about what you’ll discover while sofa shopping: (more…)
The costs of the beautiful fabrics that cover your furniture can’t just be measured in terms of money. There is also an environmental cost—what creating that fabric does to the earth. For example, what is the fabric made from? How are the fibers that create the fabric grown? How is the fabric finished? How far does it have to travel to get to your living room? What happens to it when its life is done?
This is the third blog in our series of posts about how the best sofas are constructed and it focuses on sofa cushions. (If you haven’t read our first post on frame material and construction or our second post on suspension systems, start there.) The quality of cushions may seem easy to determine since you can actually touch them and sit on them, but there is more going on in there than you might realize. Here’s a little about the different kinds of cushions you’ll find (and check out our selection of high quality upholstery here): (more…)