WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN QUALITY SLEIGH BEDS AND SLEIGH BED FURNITURE
The way a sleigh bed is constructed can contribute to its beauty, functionality and also how long it will last. The joinery, sturdiness and finishing of a sleigh bed and sleigh bed furniture will tell you a lot about its quality and value
Mortise and tenon, and dovetails are two of the oldest construction methods of putting together sleigh bed furniture and sleigh beds, and also make for the strongest and best looking joints. The joints on the sleigh beds will also have dowels or screws, but should never be stapled. Only cheaper items use this method. Any glue used should not show outside the joint. Corner blocks add to the strength and stability of the sleigh bed. They are not visible from the outside, but bolt to both sides of interior corners.
Good quality sleigh bed furniture or chest of drawers should have dust panels or thin sheets of wood between drawers in the body of a chest or desk. This not only makes them stronger structurally, but keeps dust away from the contents of the drawers .
Back panels that face the wall are the generally attached with wooden dowels to help ensure the lateral stability of the sleigh bed and sleigh bed furniture. Backs and unexposed parts should be sanded smooth and well fitted. This is an important feature as only well constructed furniture has these details.
Our sleigh bed mahogany furniture drawers fit well and have wooden glides to allow you to effortlessly move a drawer in and out of its station. They will also have stops to prevent a drawer from being pushed in too far. Glides in office furniture such as desks, file cabinets and computer armoires are important to the functionality of the piece. Doors will close neatly and be flush with the cabinet front, and we use only the best hardware accessories for our sleigh beds and sleigh bed furniture.
A quality finish on sleigh beds and sleigh bed furniture involves sanding, staining, and finishing. The process we use for our sleigh beds is a 6 stage procedure , sanding raw wood, sealing, staining , polishing, sealing, final polishing. Our procedure for finishing our sleigh beds and sleigh bed furniture is done by our time served craftsmen and is regarded as one of the finest in the industry.
Sanding the sleigh bed is the very important first step in the finishing process, and a good piece will be smooth so that when you run your hand over it , it feels like glass and there will be no rough patches. The sleigh bed wood finish should feel like glass if it has being sanded properly.
A good stain enhances the natural beauty of solid mahogany wood and adds color and character to the solid mahogany sleigh bed. The colors we use on our sleigh beds and sleigh bed furniture are Nutmeg, and Chestnut. The Chestnut color is the traditional color for solid mahogany which we would classify as medium ( similar to an actual chestnut color). We also use another color called nutmeg on our sleigh beds and sleigh bed furniture which is a lighter variation of Chestnut, This Nutmeg color shows the grain texture on the sleigh beds more clearly and of course looks beautiful as well on the sleigh bed furniture.
Finishes on our sleigh beds and sleigh bed furniture range from high-gloss to matte. Our standard is semi gloss which nicely reflects the tone of the wood in the sleigh beds and sleigh bed furniture. Our high quality finish on our sleigh bed and sleigh bed furniture is satiny smooth and free of rough spots, dust specks, or bubbles. There will be depth and richness in the finish, which comes from several light coats of finish with sanding between the coats. Our high quality sleigh beds and sleigh bed furniture are finished on the back and on the underside to add that extra touch of detail and beauty.
Each of our sleigh beds comes individual packed in hard cardboard boxes. This ensures that the sleigh bed or sleigh bed furniture does not get damaged in transit and will arrive in the customers house in the same perfect condition that the sleigh bed left our work shops.