When buying furniture, sometimes a new piece that looks great and is priced affordably can almost be too good to be true. The reality is, no matter what your budget, you want pieces to last and not fall apart in a short period of time. When looking at wood furniture, the easiest thing to examine is how the pieces are joined together. Look underneath: Are the joints stapled, glued or nailed? If so, the piece was cheaply made and could easily fall apart. Doweled or dovetailed joints are more stable and durable, which means the piece should last for a very long time.
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