We get asked a lot about the wood and construction that is used in hotel furniture and how to tell low quality furniture from high quality furniture. In a lot of cases, you get what you pay for but with furniture prices going lower across the board from lower overseas labor rates, sometimes good items are not that much more expensive than lower quality furniture. Here I am going to tell you about low quality furniture and what to check for. harman furniture
We all know of the running joke about some manufacturers and their “easy” at home assembly with the hundreds of screws, boards and dowels and mostly undecipherable directions. These types of items, called RTA or ready to assemble are not built with quality in mind, most of the time, they are used because they are compact and if you are shipping the items in a shipping container you can get a lot of boxes stacked on top of each other. While these items may be suitable for home use, for long term hotel use they typically cannot stand the wear and tear of high volume usage. Over time, a lot of these designs sag, twist and contort and need to be replaced. So your first question to ask is, is the hotel furniture already assembled?
Once you find if the item is preassembled, you can double check the materials that were used. A sign of lower quality is the use of laminates instead of real hard wood. As an example, typically you can tell the difference in flooring from a laminated wood over a hard wood. Next, if the wood is not actually wood instead it is a particle board or MDF (medium density fiber board, somewhat like particle board) that cuts down on the construction material costs, lowers your price but typically reduces the quality of the piece. So your second question should be what are the materials in this hotel furniture?
The final part is to visually inspect the piece and think about the following things, after I have assembled it, can I move it again or do I think it will fall apart? Are the backs and bottoms of the piece fully finished or can I see the particle board? Does the hotel furniture look square, or are the doors or joints crooked? Can I take this apart again if I want to move it or will that destroy the entire piece? Finally if you put a television on it, will it cause the hotel furniture to fly apart at the sides?