This entry was posted on May 3, 2012 by USA Baby and Big Kids Too! Nashville.
Posted by Denise Cripps
So tell me, do these two concepts co-exist in your home: “children” + “gentle treatment of furniture”? Or are your kids like mine, where their bunk beds are jungle gyms, their open dresser drawers are scaffolding, the couch is a trampoline, the armchair cushions are fort walls, and our kitchen chairs are step ladders for all things up too high (which, when you’re small, are most things!)? Sigh. It’s okay. You don’t need to answer. I already know.
Basically then, we’ve accepted that our pre-kids days when we could walk into Ikea (or other typical big box) and buy cute new furniture for cheap – even though we knew we’d end up disappointed by its lack of durability only a few short months later – are officially over. It’s high time we educated ourselves on exactly what qualities make furniture strong, long-lasting, and a worthwhile investment.
A Parents’ Guide to Purchasing High-Quality Wood Furniture
Personal finance writer, Karawynn Long, hit the nail on the head (no pun intended) when she said, “Judging whether a piece of furniture is likely to last two years or twenty – just by looking at it – is harder than you might think.” This is especially true when you’re only seeing it online, which is the way many parents today are buying furniture. Bad idea.
To really know what you’re purchasing, you’ve got to see it, feel it, and try it out in person. Open and close the drawers and doors, look to see how deep and far back the storage space truly goes. How does it feel? Smooth and well-built by craftsmen, or cheaply and hastily thrown together with pressboard?
Learn to judge quality by looking at four basics which include:
Other tests of wood furniture’s quality:
USA Baby carries only the highest quality wood furniture, as described above, crafted by manufactures they’ve built trusted, long-standing relationships with. You can also feel good about shopping at your nearest USA Baby because you’ll be “shopping local”. Each store is individually owned and operated – they’re true “Mom and Pop shops” in every sense – not faceless big box chains full of inexperienced, uninterested, under-trained staff. So though you can check them out online, go in and experience their quality in person. When you learn where you can go to find highly-trained, experienced staff with detailed knowledge of every brand and product, you’ll never go back to a big box. Some of USA Baby’s quality wood furniture lines include Munire, Young America, Bolton, and Baby’s Dream, just to name a few. Examples of some of the beautiful pieces available in a variety of styles and colors are pictured here: All Seasons 6 Drawer Chest, Seaside Dreams Bureau Dresser, Belize Double Dresser, and Spring Garden Drawer Chest.A Parents’ Guide to Purchasing High-Quality Upholstered Furniture
Ahhh, now for a primer on buying the soft comfy stuff. Again, there are several important things to look for, feel for, and consider before you purchase a piece of upholstered furniture. And again, you want to ensure you’re making a wise financial investment in a piece that will last your family a long time. Considerations include:
USA Baby highly recommends the Best Chairs brand for all the reasons above. Available in a wide variety of styles, colors, and patterns, you’ll be impressed by the selection. Come in to inspect the construction and composition, then settle yourself into these super-comfortable chairs and experience their quality for yourself. Some favorites include the adorable Peyton Swivel Glider, the Mandy Swivel Glider, and the April Swivel Glider shown below. Armed with this information, you should now feel much more confident approaching your next furniture purchase. At your local USA Baby, experts will help you find the perfect high-quality piece for you nursery, bedrooms, or anywhere else in your home. And, when you buy local, old-fashioned customer service – the kind you should expect everywhere but find almost nowhere – is a top priority and provides you with access to replacement parts for the lifetime of your furniture
This entry was posted in BIG KIDS FURNITURE AND BEDDING, BEDDING, BABY FURNITURE, STROLLERS, HIGH CHAIRS and ACCESSORIES and tagged nashville baby furniture; nashville baby; nashville kdis furniture on May 3, 2012 by USA Baby and Big Kids Too! Nashville.
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