6 common pitfalls to avoid when shopping for quality wood furniture

​​Wood furniture has been an integral part of home decor for centuries, and it continues to remain popular among homeowners today. When shopping for high quality wood furniture, there are many factors to consider. 

While the durability and beauty of wood furniture can make it a great investment, it's essential to avoid some common pitfalls that can lead to disappointment and frustration down the line. 

In this article, we'll explore some of the biggest pitfalls to look for when shopping for high quality wood furniture.

1 Solid wood furniture vs veneers & laminates

It's getting increasingly rare to find solid wood furniture when shopping for furniture. In an effort to decrease costs, many manufacturers across the furniture industry have traded in the use of solid wood for veneers and laminates.

Unfortunately with the decreased costs comes decreased quality and durability. 

Veneers are just a thin slice of wood glued to a backing board. Laminates, or sometimes called “engineered wood” is the use of a material other than wood that is made to look like wood.

Solid wood furniture is made of wood through-and-through. This gives you the ideal strength and durability characteristics.

All of the wooden barrels, table tops, stool seats, and shelving pieces that we use here at Mystic Barrels are made from solid wood ensuring you have that exceptional durability and quality in any furniture pieces we craft for you. 

2 Not Considering the Wood Type

The type of wood used in your furniture can make a significant difference in its durability, appearance, and price. Some of the most popular wood types used in furniture include oak, maple, cherry, and mahogany. 

Each type of wood has its own unique characteristics, such as hardness, grain pattern, and color. It's important to consider your needs and preferences when choosing the wood type for your furniture.

Our furniture here at Mystic Barrels is all made from American oak. For one, all bourbon barrels are required by law to be made of American white oak. The rest of our furniture pieces are made from oak to ensure similar coloring, grain patterns, and provide you with the exceptional durability, quality, and beauty that oak has to offer.  

3 Ignoring the Joinery

The joinery is the way the different pieces of wood are connected to form the furniture. High quality wood furniture will have strong and durable joints, such as dovetail joints or mortise and tenon joints. 

These joints not only provide structural integrity but also contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal of the furniture. On the other hand, furniture with weak joints or those held together with staples or glue may not last as long.

4 Focusing Too Much on the Price

While the price is undoubtedly an important factor when shopping for wood furniture, it should not be the only consideration.

High-quality wood furniture is an investment that can last for decades or even generations. It's essential to balance the cost with the quality of materials and craftsmanship to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money.

5 Neglecting to Check the Finish

The finish of the furniture can make a big difference in its appearance and durability. A good finish will protect the wood from scratches, stains, and other damage while enhancing its natural beauty. 

On the other hand, a poor finish can lead to peeling, cracking, or discoloration of the wood over time. It's important to inspect the finish carefully and ask about the type of finish used.

Our shop is outfitted with a professional spray booth and spraying equipment. Our equipment, paired with the skill of our woodworking craftsmen, and the premium quality of our commercial grade coatings will ensure your furniture piece from Mystic Barrels is well protected. 

6 Overlooking the Details

High-quality wood furniture is often characterized by its attention to detail. From the curves and contours of the design to the hardware and trim, every detail contributes to the overall quality and beauty of the furniture. 

Be sure to look closely at the furniture and inspect it for any imperfections or flaws that may affect its durability or appearance.

In conclusion, shopping for high-quality wood furniture can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, but it's important to be aware of the potential pitfalls. 

By considering the wood type, joinery, price, finish, and details, you can make an informed decision and choose furniture that will enhance your home's beauty and durability for years to come.