Check for a veneer
Veneer is a thin outer layer of wood, typically about 3 mm thick, that is used to coat lower quality wood and give furniture a more attractive appearance. However, wood furniture with veneer is less durable and more susceptible to splintering and other similar damages. (Related: Check out these easy tricks to remove scratches from furniture.)
Examine the joints
Furniture joints that are stapled, glued, or nailed are an indicator of shoddy craftsmanship. The best furniture joints are either doweled or dovetailed. Both of these techniques involved seamlessly fitting different pieces of wood together so that they are perfectly joined. However, if you’re looking for handmade or antique pieces, be aware of perfect dowels and dovetails, as this indicates a machine-made piece. These tricks will make your furniture last longer.