How to Choose Top Quality Furniture

When choosing furniture, it’s very easy to opt for style over substance. Certain pieces may look the part, however, it’s far more important to buy high quality furniture that will stand the test of time and still look good. So, this month, Unique Bedrooms will provide a thorough breakdown of the various types of furniture materials to choose from, ensuring you are armed with the right information next time you go looking to deck out your home!


Wooden furniture

Traditionally, wood is one of the most popular materials in history. It is strong, durable and often pliable enough to build a whole host of different objects. From contemporary to classical furniture, wood is an excellent choice. Here are some of your options:

  • Mahogany: A finely grained, beautifully reddish-brown hard wood, mahogany is perfect for creating timeless, sophisticated pieces of furniture. It’s extremely durable, too, which helps resist swelling, shrinking and warping. Consider mahogany for your next cabinet or chest of drawers.
  • Lime: This wood is a pale yellow/green colour and can look very striking. It’s particularly easy to carve, lending itself very well to furniture with swooping lines and intricate detailing. Although soft, lime is durable enough to hold its shape once constructed and treated.
  • Cedar: Like mahogany, cedar is a deep reddish colour, however, it is a much softer wood. Used traditionally to make blinds, cedar has a distinctive sweet odour and uniform texture, making perfect for anything from furniture to roof tiling.

Plastic furniture

Plastic furniture is useful for two reasons: flexibility and durability. Although it may not be the prettiest or most sophisticated of materials, plastic is lightweight, malleable and can be stored easily, making it an excellent choice for outdoor furniture which needs to withstand the elements.

Metal furniture

Like plastic, metals can be easily moulded into a variety of forms, making them a very versatile material when it comes to furniture. On top of their versatility, their sleek appearance gives them a certain contemporary edge, so they fit right in with modern design trends. The most common metals used for manufacturing furniture are wrought iron, aluminium and steel, all of which tend to be fairly low maintenance and long lasting, and can be finished in numerous colours and patterns, too!


Leather furniture

Arguably the most luxurious on the list, leather furniture – assuming it truly is leather – is very comfortable and very stylish. Perfect for chairs, sofas and footstools, leather is a great choice, but it does come at a price. So, if you come across a piece that is priced unusually low, beware: it probably isn’t leather!


Unique Bedrooms are highly experienced specialists in creating and installing beautiful bespoke, fitted furniture. We can provide quality furniture for any room of the house, which will be tailor made by our expert carpenters to your tastes and precise specifications. We have showrooms in Dunstable and Northwood and provide our services in the surrounding areas of Watford. For further information on the products and services we provide, contact us today – a member of our team will be more than happy to help you.