Comparing Furniture Quality in New Hampshire

Furniture stores in New Hampshire offer a very diverse range of quality options.


Here in New Hampshire where we have a great retailing environment, you can find everything from deep-discount, brand “look-alike” furniture to the very finest heirloom quality pieces from quality brand manufacturers that can provide style and comfort that will last for generations. The look-alike pieces can have much the same appearance of the real quality brands, but the materials and construction do not hold up nearly as well.


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When you see the advertisements showing complete bedroom and living room sets that compare “their prices with ours,” and the price difference is dramatic, what you’re really seeing is an apples to oranges comparison. The actual materials and construction between “theirs and ours” is completely different. The only similarity is appearance.

It’s very tempting to purchase beautiful looking furniture sets at much lower prices. The reality is that you will get what you pay for. Cheap, brand look-alike furniture won’t hold up to long term wear and is never as comfortable as premium quality brand pieces. The manufacturing standards are much higher for premium quality brands compared with their shoddy “knock-off” counterparts.

It may help you to understand how to compare actual furniture quality apart from appearances alone. There are some telltale signs to look for when shopping for real quality furniture in New Hampshire. Here’s a closer look:

Upholstered Furniture

  • Eight-way hand-tied coil springs have set a standard for durable comfort. However, coil, cone, sinuous, and grid springs can work well if base components are structurally sound.
  • Do you sink or tip when sitting in various spots? You should get a contoured and comfortable yet firm foundational feel.
  • Press down on the base or “deck” of seating that has removable cushions. There should be even resistance to your hand’s pressure.
  • Reversible cushions can give you twice the wear and you may have to check both sides to make sure they match up perfectly.
  • You should not easily feel the frame beneath the padding when squeezing or applying pressure to the arms and backing.
  • If the skirts are lined, look for weights that help hold their shape long term.

Wood Furniture

  • Hardwoods from deciduous trees are obviously more scratch resistant that the soft woods from conifers.
  • For structural quality, look for solid wood or quality plywood that has nine layers or more.
  • Avoid pressed wood, particleboard or fiberboard in any of the components.
  • Joint construction is extremely important for wear-ability and durability. Avoid anything held together with staples or glue. Screws and dowels are your best bet. Look for reinforcing blocks in structural joint corners.
  • Make sure the floor is level and check for wobbling and rocking. All of the legs should be touching the floor.

Some of the best advice we can offer is to closely inspect and physically test the furniture you’re interested in. Use these tips and your own best judgement. If you’d like to learn more about how quality furniture is made and the actual value it delivers, we’re always happy to answer your questions here at Harris Family Furniture. Feel free to call us or stop in to any of our stores.

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