Antique Classics has long known that antique furniture makers used rare wood such as walnut and mahogany because of their beauty and ability to stand up to the test of time. American furniture makers had an advantage over their European competitors because the wood was more accessible to North America, buy-labor was cheaper, and many of the best furniture craftsmen and wood carvers came to the U.S. to start their own businesses here. Competition was fierce so quality was the most important feature of any furniture maker.
Today we know that quality is not even a consideration. It is all about profit and pricing yet the prices we pay for new furniture is not justified by quality. Most new furniture is completely covered in fabric because they don't want us to see what is under the fabric. When we see wood on furniture a closer inspection will usually show that the wood is not real. If real wood is used it definitely is not rare wood like what is found in antique furniture. Most new furniture uses plywood, particle board, plastic, and metal. All these components are stapled together. When any wood is used it is usually the same scrap oak that is used for making pallets for forklifts. Definitely not what we want but were are our options.
There are quality options but a little understanding is needed before you buy :
You need to recognize when wood is real and when it is a rare wood. A visit to Antique Classics will help because we are always explaining rare woods to our customers and have plenty on display. You need to see what is under old fabric so you can understand why the old furniture is so superior to anything new. Again, Antique Classics always has furniture in the process of being newly upholstered and the quality under the fabric can quickly be understood. Next you need to understand that if all new furniture is fully upholstered then it is the fabric you are buying today and nothing about the quality. Lastly, you need to understand what makes fabric better than other fabric. There is a vast difference between quality fabric and discount fabric. Our upholsterer would be happy to physically show you the difference but for now it involves the tightness of the fabric. Fabric that stretches looks great for the first few months but then it fully stretches and you have sagging fabric on your furniture. The only other obvious difference is the color consistency and the vivid look that comes with quality fabric. Taking the time to learn can mean the difference between paying too much and having furniture that looks like it was bought from a discount store. Sad that we pay so much and it still looks like cheap discount furniture.
Now you know what to look for, but will your furniture ever look better than your friends or neighbors regardless of what you paid for it? Antique furniture with contemporary fabric will always get noticed because while it is really the fabric that we buy when looking for new furniture it is the beautiful rare woods that will always stand out from your friends or neighbors furniture. Under the fabric will be solid wood construction that will provide the most comfort that new furniture can't compare to. Antique furniture already proved it can handle the abuse of long term use by the many young family members that are now adults and still using the same furniture but with new fabric one or 2 times. Even after new upholstering, antique furniture can be far less expensive than new furniture and will always get recognized by your friends and neighbors. Will you be a clever shopper and see past the granny fabric ? Will your furniture never look like discount store furniture and get noticed by your friends and neighbor's ? It really is this simple to get the best quality, have the most comfort, and be noticed by all who see your furniture.