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How to Tell the Difference Between Quality Furniture and the Cheap Stuff

May 2, 2018

You just ordered a beautiful coffee table and you’ve wanted this piece for your living room since you bought your house. It took a little while to purchase it because you had to wait until the absolute right cherry wood coffee table came into your life. You finally found it during an Internet search and finally it’s been ordered. You are now tracking it every day and eagerly await its arrival, believing that once it comes, your living room will finally feel complete.

Finally it arrives and when you put it together, you notice that there’s a huge scratch on the side and it doesn’t look anything like it did in the picture. The wood isn’t wood at all but garish laminate or particleboard, nothing like the image you saw online. When it comes to furniture, online shopping can be our best and worst enemy. Sometimes, even pieces that you buy in person may look great on the surface but are carelessly made underneath.

The number one sign that a piece of furniture is made cheaply is its finish. Whether it’s the color or sheen of a wood stain, the touch or feel of a fabric, or the polish on a piece of metal, this is the first and biggest red flag. Most of the time, there is something inherently ‘fake’ looking and feeling about inexpensive furniture.

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At Manchester Wood we make sure that our finishes are the highest quality possible. Our indoor and outdoor furniture finish styles are designed to keep your furniture looking good through spills and outdoor weather. Durable and lasting, our protective wood finishes will resist almost any normal spill, from water or wine to hot coffee, while enhancing the natural beauty and grain of our select American hardwoods. We’ve perfected a five-step finishing process that includes carefully applied layers of stain, hand sanding, protective sealer, and a final coating of satin lacquer for a rich, smooth, easy-to-wipe-off stain resistant finish. For more information and to view the full selection of finishes check out our website here.

Sometimes you strike the lottery when it comes to high-quality, inexpensive furniture, but more often than not, cheap means cheap. Having a knowledge bank of which materials are cheap and which are high-quality can help you make the right choice. Quality furniture is generally made from hard and solid woods and that is where our specialty lies.

Handcrafted furnishings are generally made with more care and attention to detail than their mass-produced counterparts. Both can be durable and last a long time, but handcrafted pieces will be more refined, unique, and special. Whether you’re looking for solid wood TV trays, a chairside magazine rack, shaker end table, or a shaker style desk – you know you’re getting the most quality furniture that is guaranteed or we will replace the defective part or the entire product if necessary. Plus, free shipping!

Our furniture is also eco-friendly so you can feel good about your purchase. The hardwood lumber that we use to manufacture our furniture grows in sustainably managed forests in the Northeast by suppliers that meet strict State and National standards for forest management. These “best management practices” have been developed by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). Our goal is to create top quality furniture from beautiful American hardwoods for our customers’ homes and offices with minimal impact on the environment. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Plus, it’s a family owned and operated company so you can have satisfaction in knowing that there are family roots, on top of the most quality craftsmanship and highest grade hardwoods, to be enjoyed for years to come!

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What Quality Furniture Means

February 23, 2015

Quality Furniture Manchester Wood

Providing Quality Furniture at reasonable prices has been Manchester Wood’s honest mission for nearly 40 years.

Quality furniture isn’t so much about where it’s made… it’s how. Yes, 100% of our furniture is American made (and we’re very proud of that). Yet, we believe it’s the process of sourcing quality local hardwood materials and timeless design that has kept customers coming back for 39 years. Quality furniture at reasonable prices that sits between the inspirational small custom American furniture makers, and the mass “down-and-dirty priced” box stores. Because like Henry Ford, and the early pioneers of American manufacturing and commerce, we believe everyone deserves quality products that last a lifetime.

Do you agree with this simple thought on business practice? Should more companies be paying attention to quality? Share your comments below!

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