Cheryl Burns. Furniture. April 25th , 2018.
Wood and How it is Jointed. Choosing the correct wood is an art in itself, and fashioning an elegant piece of furniture using traditional carpentry joints that is as sturdy and strong as you require it to be is a sign of a master-craftsman. This is the quality only attainable with handmade furniture, no matter where it is crafted. Britain, the USA and Scandinavia are noted for the high quality of their craftsmanship, and France, Germany and Holland have all had their moments in furniture history. Today it is predominantly the first mentioned three that provide most of the higher-end handmade furniture. It is difficult to beat the craftsmanship of American furniture firms such The Custom Shoppe, American Craftsman and Stickley, while Southwood are without doubt the premier producer of reproduction furniture in the USA. There are many Amish furniture retailers that market products that have been handmade by individual craftsmen, using the traditional techniques passed down from father to son. The old jointing techniques are the best because they have been devised over time to provide the strongest and most enduring joint between two or more pieces of wood.
Traditional Chinese furniture demonstrates superb craftsmanship developed over centuries. Lacquer is prominent in traditional Chinese furniture with wood treated to a dark brown or shiny black finish and with hand carved or painted scenery, gold leaf overlay or mother of pearl inlays. Colours used are varied but include red which represents good luck and happiness and yellow or gold which represents health and long life. The peak of Chinese traditional furniture manufacture was the period between the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ming furniture represented simple structure, wonderful craftsmanship and minimal decoration which revealed the natural beauty of the wood. Qing furniture was larger in size and elaborate engravings were popular. Handcrafted traditional Chinese furniture makes a fascinating centre-piece for your home. From wedding cabinets to decorative chests, ornamental stools, two door storage cabinets, side tables and oriental screens, Chinese furniture makes a wonderful addition to any setting and is a work of art in its own right.
How to Identify Genuine Fine Furniture. First check the legs. No cabinet maker would ever fashion a fabulous table from solid mahogany and then put some screw-on legs under it! The legs will also be solid - and made from the same wood as the table is built from. Check beneath the table: all cheap mass-producers will veneer the top of the table but not the underside. If the wood at the bottom and the top look different, then you are being conned. Check the joints: high quality furniture should be made using proper joints: mortise and tenon for rails and dovetail joints for drawers and cabinet sides - absolutely not using commercial plastic joining pieces or metal or plastic corner joints, and certainly not just screwed or nailed together. Lift a chair upside down and examine it: high quality chairs will have a canvas on the bottom, or at the very least proper webbing and springs on the seats to offer support and comfort. Cheap furniture will have a plywood base and a slab of foam! Quality furniture, whether in the form of fine living bedroom furniture or quality living room furniture, can make an ordinary room look good and raise your esteem in the eyes of your visitors. Learn how to distinguish between the mass-production furniture stores and the quality furniture manufacturers such as Stickley, Southwood, American Craftsman and Sherrill.
Function and Comfort. Furniture should be practical and user friendly and must be made up of quality materials. Ensure that the home office furniture which you are planning to purchase is accommodating to your work requirements. You must be well aware of the requirements of the people who will be working along with you in the office you wish to furnish. You must have a rough idea about the drawer space and shelf space. This will be helpful in the total set-up and furnishing. Ensure that the furniture you select will be function well in your office. Nowadays because of the cut throat competition and deadlines, long working hours have become a necessity. Sitting in the same chair for hours may cause back problems. Comfort of the home office furniture plays a vital role in keeping you fresh and active throughout your working hours and at the same time helps you in increasing the productivity which in turn, increases your income. Comfortable furniture helps you in keeping yourself fit and healthy by providing you a good sitting posture. A good sitting posture helps in reducing the risk of injuries such as slipped disks, sore neck, shoulders and severe back ache. Functioning and comfort of the furniture are priorities when purchasing furniture. So it is very important that the furniture you purchase should be comfortable and practical. Filing cabinets, bookshelves, pencil drawers, and many additional office accessories are available at the supply stores to help keep your office organized.
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