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    What to Look for in Quality Bedroom Furniture

Always measure your room... layout blankets or newspapers on the floor to see what will fit. There are also furniture sites that help you out with room planners. There is nothing worse than ordering a full bedroom suite and having no room to move around in your bedroom!

    Wood Veneers

  • What is a veneer you ask? Well it is basically thin slice of the most attractive parts of the wood that are then cut to pattern, hand laid and glued onto its wood base.
  • If you are looking for a bedroom set with those intriguing burls, curls, and starburst grains the only way you are going to get it is with veneers.
  • Be aware of "Photo Finish Veneers." This is when an image of wood is applied to the furniture instead of a true wooden veneer. I know this sounds crazy, but it is used in less expensive bedroom furniture. You can tell by looking closely and usually if you scratch it with your fingernail you should see it start to scratch off.
  • You want to make sure the veneer is being attached to a hard wood frame. Quality furniture should always have hardwood frames.
  • When you are looking at the model on the floor you can view the veneer from an angle to see if there is any buckling or lifting at the seams. Also feel the surface of the piece, you will be able to tell if it is lifting.
  • Most common fancy face veneers: Oak, Walnut, Maple, Cherry, Mahogany, Pecan, Ash, Burls (all different kids - walnut, ash, maple, myrtle, etc.)
  • Standard or Eastern King vs California King

  • If you are in the market for a King bed make sure to know what kind of King bed you want because there are two kinds that are different sizes.
    The Standard/Eastern King (wider one) is Width: 76"-78" inches by Length: 80" Inches
    The California King (longer one) is Width: 72" by Length: 84" Inches
  • Also keep in mind when you are looking for linens for your for bed linens you need to make sure you are buying the correct type (Standard/Eastern King or California King)

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    The Basics: What you Should Know

  • Bolt on Bed Rails - They add stability. I am putting this first because I think it is very important and have seen beautiful furniture and then felt the headboard and it was loose. Not because it was defective but because it was attached with a bracket to the rails. Give the headboard a wiggle hopefully it will stay still.
  • Dovetail joinery (Sliding, Thorough, or Half/Full Blind Dovetails) - Resists pulling apart and gives the drawer strength.
  • Corner Blocks - adds strength and support.
  • Dust Panels between drawers - this prevents dust and wood shavings from getting into the drawers under it.
  • Felt Drawers - Usually in the top drawers. Nice for jewelry and other items.
  • Sanded Interior Drawers - this prevents it from snagging your clothing, splinters, etc. Also make sure the bottom of the drawer is a sturdy wood not some flimsy particle board.
  • Drawer Guides - I have always been told that wood on wood guides are the best because over time the wood oils itself. Metal on metal is good too, though it can bend. Ball-Bering metal guides are also very good. I would try and stay away from Wood and Metal mixes - the metal will shave the wood down over time.
  • Solid Wood Framework - Woods such as Cherry, Birch, Mahogany, Pecan, Oak, and Alder are just a few.
  • Center Leg Support on the Beds
  • Cedar Lined Drawers - usually removable and in the bottom drawers, these are nice addition to keep moths off your cloths.
  • Bedroom collections - Most will have the following pieces available: Beds (Poster, Panel, Sleigh, Canopy, Spindle, Upholstered, Peninsula), Armoires, Chests, Dresser and Mirror, and Nightstands.
    In addition the collection might have Chevel Mirrors, Storage Benches, Batchelor Chest, Door Chest, Lingerie Chest, Cedar Chest, Dressing Chest, TV/Drawer Chest, Jewelry Armoire, Vanity, Wall Mirror, Bombe Chests, Desks, Bedside Cabinet, or a Semainier.

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