The way a piece of furniture is constructed contributes greatly to its beauty, functionality and also how long it will last. The joinery and sturdiness of a piece speaks volumes about its quality. The highest quality furniture is made with hardwood such as oak, maple, mahogany, teak, walnut, cherry and birch. The wood is air dried and then kiln dried to remove all moisture, enabling it to retain its shape and stability over a long period of time.
While it is possible to find good quality furniture from softwoods such as pine, fir, redwood and cedar, these woods are more prone to scratches and dents. A frame made from green or knotted wood can shrink and crack.