What Makes Strong and Lasting Furniture?

Strong and lasting furniture is a wise investment. When your furniture is in top condition, you can enjoy its functionality for many years. The strength and durability of furniture is affected by what it is made of, how it was made, and how it is utilized. Here is a look on how these factors can affect strong and lasting furniture.

What Makes Strong and Lasting Furniture?Photo credits: Antiques on Old Plank Road


The material that is put into your furniture has a lot to do with its strength and durability. Hardwoods are those coming from deciduous trees such as oak, cherry, birch, maple and mahogany. They are sturdy and last long even with impact and wear. With proper care, furniture made of soft wood such as pine, cedar and redwood can also last for years. Soft wood furniture may be prone to dents and scratches with wear but it is still possible to find pieces of good quality and keep it in top shape.

Furniture made of steel and other metals are also designed to last. When they are combined with materials such as wood, it adds to the stability and endurance to wear and weather.


A strong and lasting piece of furniture is one that was made well. With antique furniture, pieces are made by hand. Unlike the nails and screws that we use today, antique furniture makes use of mortise and tenon or dovetails. Mortise and tenon is when a piece of stock is inserted into another and fastened in place. This is a simple method but promises superior strength. Dovetails are formed when two or more mortises are joined together. Dovetails are admired for their aesthetics and are a common component of well-crafted furniture because of their strength. How furniture is joined together says a lot about its quality. In turn, its quality also tells you of its strength and how long it will last.

Sanding, staining, and finishing are also essential for durable furniture. Sanding the furniture gives a smooth finish that eliminates scratches and small crevices where moisture can accumulate. Staining and finishing protect the material from external elements that can cause damage to furniture such as moisture and dirt.

Use and Care

The frequency of use and the way the furniture is handled affects how long it will last. Furniture that is purchased for daily use endures weight, possible scratches, temperature and other external factors. As a rule of thumb, furniture that is used often are more prone to damage and breakage.

Furniture that is more frequently used such as chairs and beds require most care. Furniture that gets less impact but has removable or moving parts such as drawers and clocks require routine inspection and maintenance.

Routine dusting and cleaning goes a long way in making sure your furniture remains strong and lasting. With wooden furniture, it makes sense to avoid contact with hot or cold objects. Checking your furniture for cracks and other needs for repair will help you make sure that your furniture remains strong and can be enjoyed for years.

Being able to tell whether a piece of furniture is strong and durable will help you choose quality furniture. Consider these factors the next time you shop for furniture to enjoy a good buy.

Angie Cole

Angie Cole

Angie Cole is a fan of everything vintage and admires true old-world craftsmanship. She writes for Antiques on Old Plank Road, a furniture shop that imports and restores European quality antique and vintage pieces.
Angie Cole

Latest posts by Angie Cole (see all)

Leave a Comment