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Difference Between Traditional and Modern Furniture Making

Antique Furniture

Furniture making used to be a tough and time consuming work because originally, each piece of furniture was made by a single artisan from the beginning to the end using only simple hand tools. It is still possible to find smaller pieces of furniture made by a single woodworker without the use of power tools and other modern technology but this is the exception rather than the rule due to too high costs of hand made furniture as well as inability to meet the demands of the market. There are not only more people living on the planet than a few hundred years ago but modern homes incorporate a significantly larger amount of furniture than only hundred years ago when table and a few chairs or bench, a bed or two and a wardrobe or a chest was all an average family owned. Today, on the other hand, just about all rooms in a house contain at least one piece of furniture.

The main difference between the traditional and modern furniture making is of course the use of power tools and various machines which dramatically changed the furniture making process. The use of technology has dramatically shortened the time of furniture production enabling the furniture making companies to both meet the demands of the market as well as increase their profits. Furthermore, the technology has reduced the amount of human labour and in some cases, eliminated it completely because the machines often do the entire job from cutting to painting and even packaging. The machines are simply monitored to avoid ruining the material in case of a malfunction.

Modern Furniture

Mass produced furniture is not necessarily inferior to the handmade one. On the contrary, the machines are incomparably more precise than human hand and as a result, furniture which is made by the use of modern technology typically lacks minor imperfections which can be found in just about all traditionally made pieces of furniture although these are often considered one of the main appeals of handmade furniture. In addition, not all industrially made furniture is made equally and much less equally qualitative. The final product depends greatly on quality of the machines used in the production process, quality control systems and in the end, the quality of materials from which the furniture is made.

Some furniture companies have very high standards when it comes to quality of their products but there are also many which are only interested in increasing their profits, typically on the expense of quality of the manufacturing process as well as quality of the materials enabling them to offer furniture at extremely low prices. This furniture sometimes looks just fine when displayed in a showroom but it does not stay for a long time, while some pieces of cheaply made furniture reveal poor quality at a first sight. Although this furniture which is most often imported may be tempting due to their low price, it is in reality more expensive than quality furniture because it requires frequent replacements.