When shopping for wood furniture you'll find varying levels of quality and pricing. Use this checklist to judge what you're getting for your money.
▪ Veneers and laminates should be securely joined to the base material.
▪ Joints bearing weight should be reinforced with corner blocks.
▪ Back panels should be screwed into the frame.
▪ Long shelves should have center supports.
▪ Drawers should fit well, glide easily, and have stops.
▪ Drawer bottoms should be held by grooves, not staples or nails.
▪ Drawer interiors should be smooth and sealed.
▪ Drawer corners should have dovetail joints.
▪ Cabinet doors should open and close smoothly.
▪ Hinges and other hardware should be strong and secure.
▪ All finishes should feel smooth unless they are intentionally distressed or crackled.
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