12 Tips for Buying High-Quality, Low-Priced Furniture hua hin

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1. Know your wood types

Wood furniture falls into three categories: solid wood, veneers, and particle board or composite wood.

Solid wood furniture is typically more expensive than other types and looks great, but can be susceptible to scratches and water rings. Veneers have an inexpensive wood base covered by several thin layers of better-quality wood. Because of the cheaper core, veneers aren’t as expensive as solid wood pieces. Particle board and composite wood pieces are made from a combination of wood pulp, plastics, and resin, basically the scraps of the furniture world. These are the cheapest type of wood furniture and can look decent, but won’t hold up for decades.

2. Check drawers and cabinets

Open the drawers and cabinets. Make sure the drawer pulls all the way out, latches properly, and then shuts evenly. Make sure doors open, remain in an open position (instead of snapping closed while you’re trying to get something out of the cabinet), and shut again. Check the handles and knobs. They should fit tightly and not jiggle or turn.

3. Avoid nails and glue

Look for wood joined at ends and corners, not glued or nailed in. Known in the manufacturing world as wood joinery, these pieces are studier and can take more weight. Check out Basic Woodworking Joints from Wood Magazine to see examples.

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4. Consider your lifestyle

Let your lifestyle determine what colors and fabrics you choose. For example, I have a large, hyper dog constantly climbing on the furniture. If I brought home a white suede couch, it would be torn apart and stained in minutes. If you have kids or pets, stick with dark colors and stain-resistant tough fabrics like linen or tweed.

5. Be realistic about colors

I once bought an orange corduroy armchair at a furniture outlet store. At the time, my house was decorated in orange, blue, and white, and I thought I’d love those colors forever. As it turned out, “forever” was about a year. I got so sick of the bright orange I sold the chair for a fraction of what I paid. Learn from my mistake: Stick to neutral colors for your bigger and more expensive pieces. Save bold colors for décor pieces.

6. Inspect the legs

The legs should be heavy, wood, and jointed to the frame of the sofa or chair, not nailed. Plastic, rubber, or metal legs don’t look as nice, can tear up your floors, and won’t hold up as well. Same goes for nailed-in wood legs. If you’re spending more than $1,000 on a sofa, look for one with a fifth leg in the middle. They provide extra support – you won’t find them on many cheaper sofas.

7. Check the springs

If you like firm sofas, look for one with traditional coiled springs. If you want a softer feel, go with zigzag coils. Before you buy, take off the cushions and press down on the base of the sofa. The coils should push down and spring back into place immediately.

8. Test the cushions

Look for firm cushions with a removable cover matching on both sides. Firm cushions hold up better over time. Fully covered cushions cost a bit more than ones with the pattern on one side and a plain white or tan backing, but they’ll last longer and wear evenly if you can flip them over every few months. Find removable covers that are easily washable.

9. Buy at the right time

Furniture prices fluctuate throughout the year. In the video above, Stacy Johnson said you’ll get good deals around Memorial Day and Veterans Day, both popular times for furniture sales. But if you want the best deal, wait until the Fourth of July or even Christmas when furniture stores push to get rid of the last of their inventory and offer the biggest discounts.

10. Don’t rule out used furniture

You can find great deals with secondhand furniture as long as you inspect it carefully. You’ll obviously look for rips, stains, tears, water marks, and scratches, but lift up cushions and look for stains on the inside of couches and chairs. Sit on it for as long as time allows to check for sturdiness and comfort.

11. Don’t buy it at all

While I wouldn’t recommend grabbing a stained couch from the side of the road, you’d be surprised how much good furniture is available free. For example, I recently picked up a free (and pretty awesome) kitchen table off my local Freecycle site. There is also the free section of Craigslist, and don’t forget friends and family. When they’re tired of something, they might be willing to give it to you.

12. Haggle

Some people enjoy negotiating – see Confessions of a Serial Haggler – but I’m not a big haggler. It makes me uncomfortable and I’d rather wait for a sale than try to talk down a salesperson. But there are two purchases that are haggling “musts”: cars and furniture. Furniture has big markups, so furniture stores have a lot of wiggle room. In my experience, they’ll knock off 10 to 20 percent if you ask. If that doesn’t work, go for an extra: free pillows or free delivery and setup.

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modern furniture hua hin

Modern furniture refers to furniture produced from the late 19th century through the present that is influenced by modernism. Post-World War II ideals of cutting excess, commodification, and practicality of materials in design heavily influenced the aesthetic of the furniture. It was a tremendous departure from all furniture design that had gone before it. There was an opposition to the decorative arts, which included Art Nouveau, Neoclassical, and Victorian styles. Dark or gilded carved wood and richly patterned fabrics from the gave way to the glittering simplicity and geometry of polished metal. The forms of furniture evolved from visually heavy to visually light. This shift from decorative to minimalist principles of design can be attributed to the introduction of new technology, changes in philosophy, and the influences of the principles of architecture. As Philip Johnson, the founder of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art articulates.

modern furniture hua hin
modern furniture hua hin

“Today industrial design is functionally motivated and follows the same principles as modern architecture: machine-like simplicity, smoothness of surface, avoidance of ornament…. It is perhaps the most fundamental contrast between the two periods of design that in 1900 the Decorative Arts possessed…”

With the machine aesthetic, modern furniture easily came to promote factory modules, which emphasized the time-managing, efficient ideals of the period. Modernist design was able to strip down decorative elements and focus on the design of the object in order to save time, money, material, and labor. The goal of modern design was to capture timeless beauty in spare precision

luxury furniture hua hin

what is luxury in interior design today?

luxury furniture huahin
luxury furniture hua hin

Luxury furniture belongs to those ephemeral terms such as happiness, beauty, style, which are quite difficult to explain and even more difficult to define…

So many times reading design books and magazines I have noticed expressions “luxury lifestyle”, “luxury living” and “luxury homes”. But what exactly do they mean? What are the indispensable attributes of luxury today?

Several years ago these were golden taps and wall-to-wall marble. Those days are gone.

Analyzing how perception of luxury furniture has changed over the past few years, I have noticed the following changes:

1) IT IS MORE ABOUT EXPERIENCE

If earlier people tended to buy tangible “status” things to demonstrate their wealth, today they prefer to buy unique experiences. These can be anything: from diving in Galapagos Islands to space traveling. How did it affect Interior Design? Well, in the most direct way: people want to have luxury furniture experiences in their houses, whether it is a spa-center in their bathroom or a home cinema system. The design process has also changed according to this trend as clients would expect it to become an experience as well. They don’t want only to see samples of wallpaper and paint; they want to see their future house, to feel it and to experience it. That is the reason why 3D visualization has become a compulsory element of design presentation nowadays.

2) IT IS MORE ABOUT UNIQUENESS

People are shifting from “Big Brands” to local artisans and small boutiques. The reason is that they want to have in their houses one-of-a-kind objects, that no one else has. If you go to the luxury furniture shops you will find the same assortment of goods no matter where you are – in Paris or in New York. How the thing can be considered luxurious (doesn’t matter how much it costs), if it is not original and rare? No wonder that vintage pieces have become so popular…

3) IT IS MORE ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY

Responsibility for environment is embracing the world as never before. Architect build unique eco-friendly buildings and even entire eco-cities using energy absolutely independent from external resources. Sustainable no longer means cheap. Furniture producers make stunning furniture from the reclaimed wood which adds unique character and history to the item. Designers no longer debate about possibility of merging luxury furniture and sustainability: luxury furniture is already becoming environmentally conscious.

4) IT IS MORE ABOUT INDIVIDUALITY

Another change on luxury furniture market today is that people become less effected by fashion and trends. They will not buy thing just because it is super popular, if they don’t like it. They want their house to be built and decorated according to their needs and taste. In this sense luxury furniture means custom-anything: from custom furniture to custom lampshades. The space has become more functional: nobody makes huge reception rooms if they are not really needed, or wine cellars if owners are not big fans of wine, or tennis courts if they don’t play tennis.

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home furniture hua hin

home furniture is movable objects intended to support various human activities such as seating (e.g., chairs, stools, tables and sofas) and sleeping (e.g., beds). Home furniture is also used to hold objects at a convenient height for work (as horizontal surfaces above the ground, such as tables and desks), or to store things (e.g., cupboards and shelves). Home furniture can be a product of design and is considered a form of decorative art. In addition to furniture’s functional role, it can serve a symbolic or religious purpose. It can be made from many materials, including metal, plastic, and wood. Furniture can be made using a variety of woodworking joints which often reflect the local culture.

home furniture hua hin
home furniture hua hin

Archeological research shows that Neolithic people used stone to build cupboards, dressers, beds, shelves and seats. Ancient furniture from the 8th-century BC includes tables and serving stands. The furniture of the Middle Ages was usually heavy, oak, and ornamented. home furniture design expanded during the Italian Renaissance of the fourteenth and fifteenth century. The seventeenth century, in both Southern and Northern Europe, was characterized by opulent, often gilded Baroque designs. The nineteenth century is usually defined by revival styles. The first three-quarters of the twentieth century are often seen as the march towards Modernism. One unique outgrowth of post-home modern furniture design is a return to natural shapes and textures.

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solid wood furniture hua hin

Solid wood is a term most commonly used to distinguish between ordinary lumber and engineered wood, but it also refers to structures that do not have hollow spaces. Engineered wood products are manufactured by binding together wood strands, fibers, or veneers with adhesives to form a composite material. Engineered wood includes plywood, oriented strand board (OSB) and fiberboard. The fact that a product is made from solid wood is often touted advertisements in hua hin. However, using solid wood has advantages and disadvantages.

soild wood furniture hua hin
soild wood furniture hua hin

Comparison with engineered wood

Perhaps the greatest advantage of solid wood is that the wood is the same all the way through, so repairs are relatively easy. Repairs to veneer are much more difficult and sometimes impossible.

 

Solid wood furniture is strong enough to easily satisfy all furniture applications, and it can last for centuries. Society is still questioning whether furniture made of plywood (often made from pine) can do the same. Plywood and other engineered wood products used to make furniture are typically covered with a veneer such as Cherry.

 

It is common today for furniture manufacturers and retailers to advertise such veneered plywood furniture as made of “wood solids with cherry veneers”. Most customers believe that to mean solid planks of less expensive woods such as poplar, etc., with expensive woods such as cherry used for veneers. However, “wood solids” is a term of art. The “wood solids” are simply plywood, or another engineered wood product.

 

In the USA, the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t allow furniture to be advertised as made of “solid wood” unless all exposed surfaces are in fact solid wood.[1] Solid wood is expensive. Engineered wood (often advertised as wood solids) is not.

Solid wood vs. hollow wood

One of the most frequently made hollow wood structures are hollow core doors. Hollow core doors are much lighter than solid wood doors, cheaper and are easier to install. However, sound travels more freely through them, which can be a problem if the house is noisy or the occupants desire a lot of privacy. Also, hollow core doors should not be used as doors to the outside because they can more easily be broken open by robbers. Solid wood doors are slightly more fire resistant because the fire has to burn through more material, however, using a steel door will increase fire resistance by a much larger margin.

teak furniture hua hin

Before the advent of premium industrial design, premium cabinet makers were responsible for the conception and the production of any piece of furniture. In the last half of the 18th century, cabinet makers, such as Thomas Sheraton, Thomas Chippendale, Shaver and Wormley Bros. Cabinet Constructors, and George Hepplewhite, also published books of furniture forms. These books were compendiums of their designs and those of other premium cabinet makers.

teak furniture hua hin
teak furniture hua hin

With the industrial revolution and the application of steam power to cabinet making tools, mass production techniques were gradually applied to nearly all aspects of cabinet making, and the traditional cabinet shop ceased to be the main source of furniture, domestic or commercial. In parallel to this evolution there came a growing demand by the rising middle class in most industrialized countries for finely made premium furniture. This eventually resulted in a growth in the total number of traditional cabinet makers.

Teak is used for making boats, furniture, and other things which require resistance to the elements. Teak is used for outdoor furniture but is not recommended for full exposure to the sun. Being more expensive than most other woods, teak furniture has become something of a status symbol in hua hin. Not only is it common for a teak bench, chair, or table to last 70 years with the correct care plan, it is also common to pass down such furniture to future generations as an heirloom.

teak furniture can remain outdoors in any climate year round, and can be left unfinished or protected. Plantation teak wood can be considered eco-friendly due to its long life expectancies. To ensure the reduction of impact teak furniture has to the environment, many forestry companies produce sustainably managed plantation teak.

Tables and dining sets

In places and seasons where eating outdoors is common and pleasant, it is common to find wooden dining tables and chairs in gardens, backyards, deck areas, patios, pool yards and sun rooms. Teak is an excellent material for this application, because it will not be broken down in the sun like plastics, it is less prone to the elements like other woods, it is lighter and cooler than iron, and will not easily bend or break like tubular metals.

teak furniture hua hin
teak furniture hua hin

Benches

Benches are perhaps the most common use of teak other than marine applications. Teak benches are ideal for commercial use due to their strong nature and natural resistance to decay and termites, and are available in an endless variety of designs.

Sun loungers

Teak is popular for chaise longues and other recumbent seating because it is more durable and better crafted than most plastic loungers and will not get hot in the sun like metal loungers. Since these chairs are heavy, they often have 2 or more wheels for easy transport from place to place.

Adirondacks

Adirondack chairs (also known as Muskoka chairs) are comfortable with their high backs, their contoured seats and their wide arm-rests. The arm-rests provide ample room for food and beverages for comfortable meals while reclining with no table required, making them popular with outdoor cafés and bistros as they offer seating and a small place for food without the need for a table.

Umbrellas

Teak is a popular and traditional wood for the frames of large umbrellas such as shade umbrellas and market umbrellas. While teak provides the durability, weather resistance and lightness needed for such an application, metals like aluminum are more popular and generally a cheaper choice.

Deep seating

Complemented with weather resistant and outdoor cushions and similar to living room furniture, deep seating patio furniture is becoming more and more popular in places with warmer climates. With landscaping and outdoor décor being such a popular trend, furniture to sit in and enjoy the space has followed suit. The teak wood construction allows patio furniture sets to last years longer than other wood furniture.

Caring for teak

Staining and preserving

Teak does not need to be protected. It is a unique wood that if left in its natural state, is virtually maintenance-free. Teak can be left outside year round, surviving even the most extreme weather conditions. Therefore, teak is often considered the gold standard for outdoor furniture.

Over time, untreated teak furniture which is exposed to the sun will patina and turn a silvery, grey color. This process is cosmetic and does not harm the strength or quality of the wood.

Teak sealer is often used to preserve the natural honey color or to darken the color of the wood. Teak sealer contains UV protection to keep the sun from graying the furniture as well as a fungicide to prevent the growth of mold and mildew on the surface of your furniture. Teak sealers can be applied to new teak or old teak furniture after it has been cleaned. Sealer is not the same as varnish. It is meant to preserve the color of the wood and is breathable, letting the natural oils escape without bubbling or peeling like varnish. Sealers and preservatives serve both as protectants and stains. Generally, the darker the stain, the more sun protection it provides, and the less often it needs to be reapplied.

Teak is protected by its own natural oils that migrate to the surface of the wood and make the wood virtually impervious to water. As such, the use of varnish, water sealers, and oil (especially linseed oil) on teak furniture is not recommended by most experts. Products such as varnish and polyurethane may peel and chip and require vigorous sanding to remove. Oiling teak does not prevent the wood from graying, and often results in mold and mildew growing on the furniture. Removing mold and mildew on the surface requires washing the furniture with bleach and soap followed by sanding.

It seems that companies who sell teak oil promote the benefits of its use on teak furniture. Whereas specialist retailers of teak and authorities on the timber itself tend to advise against the use of teak oil

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New furniture store in hua hin

We are a one of its kind furniture shop in hua hin that services all major parts of Thailand.

furniture stores hua hin
furniture stores hua hin

We service discerning retail customers by assisting in planning their preferred interior design concept and making the best choices in terms of designs, materials and colors as well as furniture brands. And if a customer has specific made-to-order requirements we work with our collaboration partners to meet them. Our goal is to create a perfect ambience for your personal lifestyle choice.

As a “one-stop” solution provider we are the ideal partners for wholesale or contract clients. We have defined “value building blocks” that describe each step from conception to installation of interiors to ensure a full alignment with a specific project.

We offer

  1. single free-standing home and outdoor furniture,
  2. complete standard, superior and premium furniture packages for upmarket residential projects,
  3. complete installations for showcase condos or villas, and
  4. furniture rentals for home staging purposes or rentals.

Outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture concept by urban furniture hua hin

Recently, a pair of homeowners approached landscape designer at urban living hua hin and told her that they were sick and tired of replacing their outdoor furniture every few years. “Build us something that will last forever,” they said. For these clients, a stone bench and granite-topped table were the solution to a common challenge: choosing outdoor furniture that can weather the dog days of summer — and beyond. Not all can afford custom work, so we asked her, who works for urban furniture in hua hin, for the rundown on the metal, wood, and plastic furnishings for decks, patios and balconies.

outdoor furniture hua hin
outdoor furniture hua hin

First, she says, there’s metal, which is probably the most durable but can be expensive. (And be aware of the differences between powder-coated metal, which makes for a long, colorful life, and painted metal, which is less expensive but will require more maintenance, she says.) Second, there’s wood, mostly teak, “which definitely withstands the test of time.” And then there’s wicker, which is a weave that’s now made of better, longer-lasting stuff than in the past. Last, there’s plastic, which can be trendy and fun, but might need to be replaced more often. If the rule applies anywhere, it’s here: You get what you pay for. “We definitely go for things that are going to stand the test of time — and sometimes those things are expensive,” urban furniture hua hin architect says

Additionally, when outdoor furniture is out in the elements, nothing is maintenance-free. Powder-coating needs cleaning with mild soap, paint can need repainting and wood can need sanding and staining. But it’s not all bad news when it comes to living en plain air. As homeowners increasingly consider their outdoors as an additional living space, manufacturers are responding with better-quality furniture and a growing selection of materials, fabrics and colors. To help you sift through all the options, we offer 14 pieces that will be ready to party for years to come.

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premium furniture by furniture hua hin

Before the advent of premium industrial design, premium furniture cabinet makers were responsible for the conception and the production of any piece of furniture. In the last half of the 18th century, cabinet makers, such as Thomas Sheraton, Thomas Chippendale, Shaver and Wormley Bros. Cabinet Constructors, and George Hepplewhite, also published books of furniture forms. These books were compendiums of their designs and those of other premium cabinet makers in hua hin.

With the industrial revolution and the application of steam power to cabinet making tools, mass production techniques were gradually applied to nearly all aspects of cabinet making, and the traditional cabinet shop ceased to be the main source of furniture, domestic or commercial. In parallel to this evolution there came a growing demand by the rising middle class in most industrialized countries for finely made premium furniture. This eventually resulted in a growth in the total number of traditional cabinet makers.

premium furniture hua hin
premium furniture hua hin

Before 1650, fine furniture was a rarity in Western Europe and North America. Generally, people did not need it and for the most part could not afford it. They made do with simple but serviceable pieces.

The arts and craft movement which started in the United Kingdom in the middle of the 19th century spurred a market for traditional cabinet making, and other craft goods. It rapidly spread to the United States and to all the countries in the British Empire. This movement exemplified the reaction to the eclectic historicism of the Victorian era and to the ‘soulless’ machine-made production which was starting to become widespread.

After World War II woodworking became a popular hobby among the middle classes. The more serious and skilled amateurs in this field now turn out pieces of furniture which rival the work of premium professional cabinet makers. Together, their work now represents but a small percentage of furniture production in any industrial country, but their numbers are vastly greater than those of their counterparts in the 18th century and before.