How to choose the right pieces for your home

How to choose the right pieces for your home

This month I thought I’d touch base on furniture and what to look for when you’re shopping for those special pieces.  There is so much choice available to us that it can become overwhelming to make the right choice.  Style, comfort, durability, fit and of course, price.  There was a time when you could go into a store and feel that you were getting good quality for your well-earned money.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case today.  Because so many manufacturers are getting their furnishings made over seas, once they reach our shores and have to adjust again to our climate here in Calgary, well let’s just say that we’re not the only ones suffering from dryness.  Be sure to find out where the furniture was made.  I have been informed that some manufacturers of upholstered goods that carry the “made in the US” label have actually been partially constructed in China.  Frames are created there and then sent to the US for upholstery.  The same goes for case goods such as dining room sets or bedroom sets.  You might have experienced drying or cracking on a tabletop or creaking and squeaking when you sit on your sofa/chair.  This happens when the wood the items was made out of haven’t had a chance to properly acclimatize. When purchasing upholstered goods, look for fabrics that will perform well; look at the seams to make sure they will hold and are sewn properly; make sure the patterns match right down to the base.  Good quality foam in the seats and backs is important not only for comfort but for durability. Eight way hand tied frames will stand the test of time.  Obviously you will pay more for that type of quality but then it will last longer and feel more comfortable.  When your furniture has “good bones” it also gives you the option to recover it if you tire of the color or style.  But then, you can always pass it on to the kids when they move out, right???

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