The following are some frequently asked questions about unfinished furniture:
Why should I buy unfinished furniture?
A big reason people choose unfinished furniture is to find better variety. Unfinished furniture can be stained or painted to match its surroundings, so you will not have to shop around to find a table or chair that coordinates with the rest of your furnishings. There are not always many outdoor furniture piece to choose from, so you could purchase unfinished pieces and apply a durable lacquer so they can be used outdoors. With unfinished furniture the possibilities are virtually endless.
Is unfinished furniture better than finished furniture?
The quality of furniture depends strongly on the manufacturer and dealer. Many furniture finishes, especially paint and colored lacquer, are able to cover up the surface of inferior products, making them more difficult to spot. With unfinished furniture all aspects of the wood are exposed. Just because you are buying unfinished furniture does not guarantee you will get a prime piece, but it will afford you the opportunity to spot an unsatisfactory item.
Am I getting a better deal by buying unfinished furniture?
A good piece of furniture will always cost more than a poor piece of furniture, regardless of whether it is finished or not. An unfinished object that is of high quality will cost less than a finished object that is of high quality, and this is because you are not paying extra for the stain, polish, or paint. When purchasing unfinished furniture, keep in mind that it will still need some work. You can save a lot of money by finishing a new desk or cabinet yourself. If you will be paying someone else to finish the item, just add that cost to the price of the piece to see if you will still be saving money.