Investing in quality furniture for your home or business (bar, restaurant, hotel) certainly pays off in the long run, because you’ll end up dealing with fewer breakages, you’ll like them longer, and they’ll still be looking great after many years.
All of the above is true, but the difficulty lies in selecting beautiful and durable furniture.
Several factors need to be examined before you can make the right furniture choice. And perhaps the first of these to avoid making a costly mistake is the reliability of the manufacturer.
In this article, we’ll examine criteria to help you evaluate the professional credentials of manufacturers of designer chairs and luxury tables.
The professionalism of a company manufacturing designer chairs
The “designer” moniker is now attached to many – too many – objects. And this is particularly true of furniture. For this reason, you should no longer rely on this term alone to ensure you’re buying quality products.
Today, you have to spend a significant amount of time reading descriptions, reviews, comments and finding out information about a manufacturer if you want to be sure you’re making a wise purchase.
I know, it’s really annoying having to spend hours searching online. But when you have to buy dozens of chairs and tables for a hotel, for example, it’s better to be cautious and patiently analyse products and manufacturers.
So what makes the difference between a reputable design furniture company and one, let’s say, who is less serious, are a series of details that must be carefully inspected:
- Company history
- Experience in the designer sector
- Proven portfolio of installations going back many years
- Catalogues of old and new products
- Detailed product descriptions
- The ability to respond to enquiries with detailed information
By contacting a company with a well-established presence in the market and proven track record of successful products dating back many years, you know that the dialogue will be fruitful and you’ll end up getting detailed estimates.
Check the details of the designer chairs and tables
After compiling your initial shortlist of suppliers that seem to be reliable, you can continue the search for the ideal tables and chairs for your project by taking a closer look at details that may not be so evident at first glance.
Don’t be satisfied just with the pleasant overall appearance of the furniture you’re about to buy. It’s also very important to check which materials they’re constructed from, how they are assembled, the research that’s gone into ergonomics, and who the designers are that have been involved in the project.
Attention to finishes is also an important consideration to understand if what you’re about to buy is quality. A beautiful chair, built with precious wood, upholstered with superior-quality fabric, is unlikely to have visible brush marks in the paint or protruding screw heads that dig into you when you’re seated.
If you wish to know more about this topic, read also “What you can expect from manufacturers of design chairs“.
Is Italian design always world class?
Italian design is universally associated with quality, prestige and the fashion industry.
It’s no mistake to rely on legendary Italian quality and the renowned creativity of designers coming from the ‘Bel Paese’, but it’s still a good idea to consider the characteristics in the checklist above.
In order to be truly world class, a designer must be able to come up with less obvious ideas to solve daily problems and to make chairs even more comfortable and tables more functional, but without ever compromising on aesthetics.
The bottom line: whilst it’s true that to obtain quality furniture you need to entrust your project to designer chair manufacturers, it’s always better to gather and critically assess information about the company and products before committing to a purchase.