Furniture. Wednesday , November 01st , 2017 - 00:02:51 AM
If purchasing "green" furniture is important to you there are questions you can ask to determine just how environmentally friendly your furniture piece is. For example, find out if any of the wood used in the construction of your furniture piece was responsibly harvested. It is also important to know if glues and finishes that may contain toxins were used. Many furniture manufacturers use nails in place of glue to reduce the toxins and finishes are often low VOC stains. Foam stuffing can also emit toxins into the air. Therefore, some furniture manufacturers are offering upholstered products that have been stuffed with natural material such as buckwheat or recycled foam. Keep in mind that imported products do not always meet the same green standards we have come to expect in the U.S.
Take, for example, a dining room table. There are several shapes from which to choose including round, oval, square or rectangular, and the choice of finishes ranges from glass to metal to stone to finished wood. But the actual structure of the furniture is very important. Ask yourself these questions; is it possible to expand the size of the table with pull out leaves? Do these pull out leaves alter the shape of the table i.e. a round table becomes an oval, a square table becomes a rectangle? And will that new shape still fit into your dining room? How easy is it to pull the leaves out and replace them? Remember to always measure the height of a table to insure that your chairs will fit comfortably underneath. A dining table is most often about 30" from the ground, allowing a seat height of up to 18" to easily fit. These are questions you will want answered before you make your decision as to which table to purchase.
You will also have to consider the comfort level you expect from your sofa set. Sofas may be very firm or very fluffy. The backside could be tight or fitted with removable pillows. A lot of people prefer pillowed sofas as they are very relaxing and comfortable. Other things to consider are the angle at which the back of the sofa is kept and the depth of the seat of the sofa. Some people like sofas that have very soft seats while others want a firm sofa seat. Only you will be able to decide the type that keeps you most comfortable.
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