Published at Saturday, October 07th 2017. by Lundy in Apartment.
We get asked a lot about the wood and construction that is used in hotel furniture and how to tell low quality furniture from high quality furniture. In a lot of cases, you get what you pay for but with furniture prices going lower across the board from lower overseas labor rates, sometimes good items are not that much more expensive than lower quality furniture. Here I am going to tell you about low quality furniture and what to check for. We all know of the running joke about some manufacturers and their "easy" at home assembly with the hundreds of screws, boards and dowels and mostly undecipherable directions. These types of items, called RTA or ready to assemble are not built with quality in mind, most of the time, they are used because they are compact and if you are shipping the items in a shipping container you can get a lot of boxes stacked on top of each other. While these items may be suitable for home use, for long term hotel use they typically cannot stand the wear and tear of high volume usage. Over time, a lot of these designs sag, twist and contort and need to be replaced. So your first question to ask is, is the hotel furniture already assembled?
I did not put much importance in furniture before, especially door furniture. I did not even know there was a term for that. I thought they were called door hardware. Anyways, I liked space and I like to be in spacious places. Especially inside houses, I get the cooped up in a room that I cannot move around freely. Maybe I am just semi-claustrophobic, if there is such a thing. I did not find the importance of any type of furniture, up until I got a place of my own. I moved out of my parents house and got an unfurnished studio apartment on the other side of town. It was sweet. I had all the space I needed. I just needed all the bare essentials to live. For example, an inflatable bed so I could sleep on the floor, I got a big enough cabinet for all my stuff, and just a small table and chair for everything I needed to do.
Oh, how I love living in big cities! New York, Miami or Paris are some of the top places where I would like to rent an apartment. Unfortunately, this great experience can be costly, even if we are talking about renting a small apartment. Whether you live in the Big Apple or in a smaller city, you still have to decorate your apartment, and I like to believe that the piece of furniture that gives the style of the house is the couch. Ok, so lets choose a couch for your small apartment. Take it like a test of your organizational abilities, because there are many things you need to consider. The good news is that a smaller couch is a cheap couch. Shopping for furniture is fun unless you need to find a comfy couch that fits your apartment door. Given the fact that this will be the centerpiece of the living room, and perhaps the most used, the pressure of choosing the best couch can be high.
Though being part of the weaker sex in terms of everything else except strength, I had no chance in a battle of reason and words. So we came to an accord. She would get furniture and decorate it as much as she liked, but it had had to have a minimalist style. That was the accord, and the very next day my precious space was being eaten up slowly. Piece after piece of furniture was soon installed, although as much as I hated to admit it, it did quite look good and I did not feel stuffy.She even had me buy door furniture. That was when I found out about the term. I asked what door furniture was and she said that it was all sorts of knobs and stuff.
The term art deco did not really get used during the heyday of the actual design use. It was derived from a term that was coined in 1925, but did not really begin to be used until 1968 when it appeared in a book that was written at the time. It is something that is as one would say a word that came about because of an observation later on in time. It was while World War II was going on that the art deco movement came to a stop. Since so many people in the west were now able to get all of the items that were needed in order to take part in this art deco interior design movement. This was because as opposed to having a signature piece or design the items being used were being mass produced and at a fraction of the original cost, making it the design of every man, not just he elite and rich with small apartment furniture.
Some are designed purely as a way to add something good looking to the room rather than being functional. If you lead an active lifestyle or have kids, these pieces are not ideal at all because they could easily fall apart. On the other hand, a functional piece of furniture may not convey the image you were looking for. If you have spent a lot of money on a bespoke piece of furniture, shouldnt it look unique, elegant and special? What ever your view, its a good idea to ask what kinds of pieces your chosen manufacturer usually creates and whether this fits in with what you are looking to achieve. If it does, fantastic! However if not, it may be better to choose a different manufacturer or widen your search for one.