Angela Ballard. Furniture. March 12th , 2018.
Regardless of the type of lifestyle that an individual or household leads, there are a few traits of cardboard furniture that just about everyone can enjoy. For example, one of the best things about incorporating cardboard furniture into the decor of a home is that it allows a home maker to shake things up from time to time by purchasing a new cardboard table or cardboard chair from time to time. Due to the high cost of traditional furniture, people who invest in highly priced wooden furniture typically keep using the same furniture for decades, if not for their entire lives. These bulky items are sometimes even passed down for generations as heirlooms, regardless of whether the heirs actually want the old furniture or not. With cardboard furniture, on the other hand, a person does not have to feel guilty about donating their old cardboard items and picking up some new pieces that will really change the look and feel of a home.
Furniture retailers often ship furniture RTA which in the industry is short for (ready to assemble). This means that the product is shipped unassembled in parts and that there is some assembly required by the person receiving the furniture before they can use it. The reason for this is not to make it difficult on the person buying the furniture but as a means of packaging it in such a way to prevent shipping damage and by packaging it smaller it can ship by a less expensive means which helps to keep the pricing lower for the furniture. Some furniture is shipped assembled in the box though and depending on the size of the piece of furniture purchased you may need assistance receiving it so double check with the retailer if you are unsure. I always liked the retailer joke that said they tried shipping people with the furniture to assemble it but they often got lost or never made it back so they dont ship people to assemble the furniture anymore. (Anyone need me shipped to Hawaii to assemble some beds?) A very good question. Fortunately most furniture arrives just fine when shipped and rare is it that problems happen. However there are times when perhaps a forklift accidentally runs through a box or an item is accidentally impacted and its best to be prepared for what to do when this happens. Since it doesnt happen often, customers are not always prepared for what to do if their furniture has suffered damage in shipping.
That is why a large proportion of Amish furniture offers a high degree of customization - because it is not sold from stock but made to order. It makes no difference if a table is fitted with this leg or that, or if it is needed an inch or so higher or lower. A kitchen cabinet can be made slightly shorter or longer to exactly fit the space available. The point is, such people need a means of showing the distributor what they can do, and craft fairs are a good way of doing that. Maybe you can make furniture - even if you only hand-make solid wood bench seats secured each end with wooden pegs. Show off your work, and you might be able to persuade a visiting retailer to display your bench in their showroom and take orders for you to make. Furniture events are not all simple sales on furniture. They have other uses and meet different needs. People attend them for their own reasons. Some might purchase the goods on show at a reduced price, while others might spot something for the future. Yet another might be lucky and find a retailer willing to sell their products. Furniture events have something for everyone.
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.
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