30 Apr Why quality of material matters when choosing furniture for your Spanish house
We are guided by our senses. We tend to judge things by the way they look and feel. But is what we see always what we get?
Most people will agree that appearances can be deceiving and sometimes buying something just because it looks good can be risky business. It is therefore very important to think hard before you pick out the furniture you need to decorate your house. Choosing an item simply because you fall in love with it or because it is offered at a heavily discounted price can sometimes be the perfect recipe for disaster.
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Choosing the right material
Once you have decided on the style, colours and patterns you would like to recreate in your home and after considering your budget, you should also consider the type of material you are going to choose for your furniture. The quality of the material will have a direct correlation with its durability.
The higher the quality the longer your furniture will last and this also means that you will be saving money in the long run. Some basic knowledge of the most common materials will help you make informed decisions and recognise quality when you see it.
Wood is traditionally one of the most popular materials used. It is strong, durable and long lasting. It is also versatile as it can be used to create highly sophisticated contemporary furniture as well as elegant classic designs.
Oak and mahogany are included within the hard wood type and are very popular in furniture making. Oak has open pores which make its texture quite distinctive and easier to absorb colour. This is why most colourful furniture is made of oak.
Mahogany, on the other hand, is durable and strong. It is long lasting and does not contract or bulge even if it gets wet. Therefore, most high quality pieces of furniture are made of mahogany. Another good indicator of quality wood is its finish. A good finish is very important as it enhances the overall quality of the piece. It should be free from dust, bubbles or rough spots and it should feel smooth to the touch.
At AALTO Exclusive Furniture, all our products are created with quality in mind. We use top of the range materials and all our wooden furniture is made with the utmost care. We follow strict processes to make sure we achieve the best result. For more information see our online catalogue or visit us at our showroom in Marbella.
Metals can be shaped in different forms which means they are extremely versatile and are therefore quite popular in contemporary or modern style furniture. The most common types used in furniture manufacturing are wrought iron, aluminium and steel.
Another additional advantage is that they tend to be low maintenance and are usually long lasting. Metal furniture can be made in many different sizes and it can be coloured to suit a variety of tastes. At AALTO Exclusive Furniture, we have a wide range of both classical and contemporary furniture that will stand the test of time.
Plastic is ideal for outdoor furniture. It is durable and can be moved and stored easily. There are two types: thermoplastics and thermosets. The former are those that can be melted down and reprocessed. Furniture made from this type of plastic is usually flexible.
The thermosets variety is harder and therefore used as support in furniture.
This material is commonly used in furniture but beware of expressions such as “almost leather” Or “like leather” as this means that you are being sold fake leather rather than the genuine variety which is usually more expensive. Quality versus quantity. You get what you pay for. This is a principle that generally applies to everything you purchase.
It is important to recognise that high quality does not usually come cheap and that although there are some cheap imitations that might also look good, they nearly always cost you more in the long run. It is always better to opt for a few pieces of high quality furniture that fit into your budget rather than buying lots of cheaply made furniture that won’t last. At AALTO Exclusive Furniture, we offer stylish high quality furniture that will last for generations.