I am often asked how you can judge the quality of wood furniture. People have written entire books

on the subject but it really comes down to three things; material, construction and finish.

Material
Wood furniture is constructed from wood classified as hard, soft or engineered. The best quality furniture is usually that made from hardwood, such as oak, maple, mahogany, teak, walnut, cherry or birch.
Coniferous trees such as pine, fir, cedar or redwood provide softwoods. They can provide good quality furniture but tend to require more care as they are susceptible to scratches and dents.
Most modern furniture is constructed from plywood or engineered wood. It can provide sturdy, long lasting and attractive furniture, especially when combined with high end veneers.

Construction
The way a piece of furniture has been put together can determine its beauty, functionality and how long it will last.
Traditionally, mortise and tenon and dovetail provide the strongest and visually attractive joints. Beware of staples.

A good quality desk or chest of drawers will have dust panels or thin sheets of wood between the drawers. This makes them structurally stronger and protects clothing and papers from dust. Drawers should be a good fit and glide smoothly in and out.

Doors should open and close easily and when shut should be flush with the cabinet front.
Back panels facing the wall will usually be attached by screws and should be sanded smooth.

Finish
A good stain will enhance the natural beauty of the wood and add character. High quality staining will be even and not leave any dark spots. The sides and ends should be of the same tone.
Finishes can range from high gloss to matte. The best finishes will be satiny smooth and free of dark spots, specks and bubbles. They are also finished on the back and the underside to reduce the chances of swelling or shrinking.

Great News!

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We’re working within the new Coronavirus Government Guidelines and are here to help.


Here at the Furniture Factory Outlets, we take seriously your safety and the safety of our staff during the Coronavirus pandemic. With this in mind, we have reopened our showroom to the public following these strict guidelines.


If you would like to visit us we have a few guidelines to bear in mind during your visit …

  • We ask that you keep at least 2 metres apart from other people in order to keep within the social distancing measures
  • We will have hand sanitisers available for you to use upon entry of our showroom
  • We are only permitting 10 people in our showroom at any one time, so queuing may be possible upon arrival. (with groups of no more than 2 people)
  • If you are showing any symptoms at all relating to the Coronavirus, please do not visit us, please just call us with your enquiry; we’re here to help


If you would prefer a private viewing in the showroom, please call us to book so that we can arrange this for you.


What about my delivery?
Don’t worry, we are still delivering. Our drivers have received training on social distancing measures. We ask that you stay at least 2m away from them throughout the delivery and we are supplying them with personal protective equipment where necessary. Our delivery drivers will have hand sanitisers with them for thorough hand sanitising. Please note that if our driver(s) feel that you are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms, then we reserve the right to politely refuse delivery until a later date.


Can you leave our delivery elsewhere rather than coming into our home?
Absolutely we can. If this is something that you would prefer we can deliver to your garage or your drive/doorstep and give you advice regarding getting it into your home safely and any assembly details if needed. If you prefer not to sign for the delivery, we can simply take a photo of the furniture outside your home/in your garage for proof of delivery.
We are trying our very best to give you, our customers a great service during this time, so if you have any queries, please feel free to contact us on 07770 963344 or on 01452 741880 after June 15th 2020.


We look forward to seeing you soon, stay safe.