What to look for when buying furniture

April 12, 2013

Buying new furniture for the home can be loads of fun, but it can also be a major headache if you’re not too sure what questions to ask or what to look out for.  The staff at Thriftway Furniture Megastore Geelong have a wealth of experience between them all (over 100 years, in fact!) and are here to provide you with as much information as you need to make a sound decision on your next furniture purchase.

Troy Harrison is our resident go-to-guy as he works on the floor serving customers as well as assembling furniture, which gives him great insight into the types of questions that customers ask about certain styles and types of furniture and also, common misconceptions.

Here is Troy’s Top 5 list of things to look for when buying furniture:

  1. King beds are the same length as Queen beds – the only difference is that King-size beds are wider.
  2. Timber products often have natural blemishes like knots in the grain, which is not a fault as wood is a natural product.
  3. Pine furniture is less expensive than a hardwood like Tassie Oak and this is, quite simply, because Tasmanian Oak is a more durable and expensive wood to begin with.
  4. Bonded leather is not the same as real 100% leather, which is why it is cheaper.  Bonded leather or combination leather are generally mixed with other substances.  (We only stock 100% leather furniture pieces at Thriftway, so you can feel confident in your choice, knowing that you’re buying real leather and nothing less).
  5. It’s a good idea to measure the space at your house for where your new furniture is to be placed, before shopping, so that you are fully prepared when you are looking in store.  Customers often feel like a bed or lounge suite looks quite small in our mega furniture store, but when it’s placed in the home, it actually looks much larger.

One final tip – “A measuring tape and an open mind will be your best friend, when shopping for furniture!”