The type of wood used is key to choosing quality furniture. If you want your furniture to last, you must choose kiln-dried hardwoods such as cherry, oak, teak, walnut, maple, birch, hickory, poplar, and mahogany.
Equally important are the methods used to join all the pieces that make up your furniture. Look for quality methods like mortise and tenon joints and dovetail corners. Avoid furniture with flat edges that are simply screwed, nailed, or stapled together.
The final step in creating a beautiful and durable piece of furniture is the finish. Look for multi-step finishes that preserve the beauty of the wood grain. Also make sure that all surfaces of the wood have been finished, not just the outside.