Charles K Nash. Furniture. May 01st , 2018.
Furniture retailers often ship furniture RTA which in the industry is short for (ready to assemble). This means that the product is shipped unassembled in parts and that there is some assembly required by the person receiving the furniture before they can use it. The reason for this is not to make it difficult on the person buying the furniture but as a means of packaging it in such a way to prevent shipping damage and by packaging it smaller it can ship by a less expensive means which helps to keep the pricing lower for the furniture. Some furniture is shipped assembled in the box though and depending on the size of the piece of furniture purchased you may need assistance receiving it so double check with the retailer if you are unsure. I always liked the retailer joke that said they tried shipping people with the furniture to assemble it but they often got lost or never made it back so they dont ship people to assemble the furniture anymore. (Anyone need me shipped to Hawaii to assemble some beds?) A very good question. Fortunately most furniture arrives just fine when shipped and rare is it that problems happen. However there are times when perhaps a forklift accidentally runs through a box or an item is accidentally impacted and its best to be prepared for what to do when this happens. Since it doesnt happen often, customers are not always prepared for what to do if their furniture has suffered damage in shipping.
However, the most dramatic benefit of using cardboard furniture is how easy it is for a person or a family to move their cardboard tables and cardboard chairs from one home to the next. Until the modern era, furniture was simply not designed to be relocated because households rarely moved from their homes once they had settled in. In those days, a family did not make an investment in furniture until they had found a permanent home, and, once they furnished their house, the furniture typically stayed right in its place until the day the parents died. All of this changed over the course of the last century as modern production methods made it possible to design and manufacture more affordable furniture.
Even if traditional furniture is not seriously damaged when a household relocates, it is often quite difficult to accomplish the task of moving a persons heavy furniture from one home to the next. Regardless of whether a person is moving their belongings on their own or has hired a moving company to help them with the task, traditional furniture poses one of the biggest burdens that a person has to deal with every time they move. For individuals who have a lifestyle that requires them to move around a lot, it only takes one or two major moves before they learn the benefit of packing light. With cardboard furniture like cardboard tables and cardboard furniture, it is remarkably easy to load up most of ones furniture into a truck, and this type of light weight furniture makes the burden of relocating considerably more affordable as well.
Benefits of Handmade Furniture. There are many benefits of buying handmade American furniture. A major benefit is quality: sure, some furniture made by hand can be of very poor quality, but firms such as Simply Amish do not market poor quality goods, and such products would be returned as unsellable. It is not the individual craftsman predominantly at risk, but the retailers and their suppliers. That is why the more respected American furniture retailers will market only the very best handmade furniture alongside their mass-produced standard stock. Handmade American furniture is constructed using traditional carpentry standards as used by the master cabinet makers of years gone by: men such as Thomas Sheraton, Gustav Stickley and Duncan Phyfe.
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