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Furniture Inspection

Furniture designs are continuously evolving to meet modern designs and fashion trends. This evolutionary development in furniture poses considerable quality, safety, and durability challenges for manufacturers in China, and Asia in general.

To verify these attributes in furniture, its raw materials, and manufacture throughout the supply chain, Tetra Inspection offers a range of furniture inspection services from pre-production to the end of production and loading.

Why it's important to inspect furniture?

high tech inspectionA furniture audit is extremely important prior dispatch to your clients as it can greatly help you in clearing out issues at an early stage and help you save cost and time. Here are a few benefits of having a professional furniture quality inspector audit your furniture:

  • Save cost and time by finding out any issues in dimensions/specifications of the furniture
  • Avoid any regulatory violations by delivering high-quality furniture that fulfills the regulatory requirements
  • Maintain a good brand image by reducing the rejected products due to defects/flaws in the final design
  • Save costs on re-works and product call-backs by delivering flawless furniture
  • Avoid any damages to the furniture during packaging and loading

Organizing a furniture audit is a win-win step for your company that you will always cherish.

Furniture Quality Control Approach

Tetra Inspection’s quality control approach is multi-dimensional and based on internationally acclaimed standards of quality testing.

We test your furniture from various aspects including:

  • Carton drop test.
  • Assembly test.
  • Function test.
  • Other stability tests
  • Symmetry check.
  • Endurance test.
  • Sharp edge check.
  • Wheels function check. 
  • Weight check.
  • Measurement check.
  • Load test
  • Humidity content.

We follow the highest quality standards in furniture manufacturing and you will feel the difference in your brand image once you solicit the furniture testing services of Tetra Inspection.

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Furniture lab testing approach

Not all the furniture tests can be carried out onsite. As such, our team of experts will send a sample of the furniture to a state-of-the-art furniture testing lab that will test the material of the furniture for aspects like flammability and fire resistance testing.

Also, the furniture lab testing determines the lead content in the wood’s surface and the amount of pentachlorophenol and formaldehyde in case of composite wood furniture.

Once the lab test report is out we will share it with you at the earliest and help you in making amends in the light of the report.

Guide To Wood Types - Furniture Quality Control

Woods can be categorized in many ways and we will be looking at the hardwood and manufactured wood types, as they are most commonly used in the manufacturing of furniture. 

Wood Types

Mahogany wood
Walnut wood
Oakwood
Chipboard
Fibreboard
Plywood
Veneer

Mahogany is one of the most expensive hardwoods that is used to make high-end furniture. It is extremely versatile and popular among traditional and modern furniture designers alike. 

Walnut hardwood gives you wonderful durability along with the beautiful straight grains that give its class to the hardwood. It is mostly used for high-end furniture.

Oak is one of the most popular hardwoods in the furniture market. It is known for its high durability and beautiful open wood grain

Particleboard or chipboard is a very famous type of manufactured wood that is made from wood shavings and chips bonded together. A lot of furniture manufacturers now use the chipboard for stylish furniture as it is lightweight and highly customizable.

Manufactured from Fibre of woods gives the Fibreboard good strength and lightweight in comparison to hardwoods. Also, it is much cheaper than hardwood and very popular among modern furniture designers.

Another strong strand of manufactured woods is the plywood that is manufactured by layered veneers that give it immense strength to be used for load-bearing furniture products.

The veneer is a type of manufactured wood that is used to give the furniture a high-end look. It is expensive and at times can even cost more than the hardwood itself. It is also used in combination with other hardwoods like mahogany to give it a customized and modern look.

Inspection Guide To Teak Wood Grade - GRADE A:

Characteristics: close grain, warm/honey color, oil-rich, and knot-free. No streaks of white, no knots on the top side, very few (live knots only - where there is discoloration but no fill - on the underside) knots, and these knots have to be less than 0.5 inches in diameter and present only once in every 3-4 linear feet.

Different/Comparison in grading between A, B, and C.

Inspection Guide To Teak Wood Grade - GRADE B:

Grade B Teak wood has warm color with occasional streaks of black and some splotches and discoloration. Grade B teak wood has more allowance for knots per linear feet. Grade B teak wood is sometimes used in a "semi machine-made" product. Semi Machine Made implies that personnel uses electric saws to cut the wood, but there is no concept of a jig and fixture to make all the slats the same size or make the process repeatable. Semi Machine made product does not allow the end consumer the luxury of finding a replacement part, since all parts are unique and made to fit a specific piece. Semi machine made also means that the tenons "float “in the mortices (the joint is not exact, and there are gaps). This is usually filled with epoxy or putty, and generally, the furniture comes completely assembled, because the end customer would not tolerate the sloppiness.

Inspection Guide To Teak Wood Grade - GRADE C:

Grade C teak is the lowest on the grading scale because most grade C teak is taken from the outside surface of the tree, known as the “sapwood.” Using this part of the tree to build furniture means the product will be less durable because it hasn’t had enough time to harden and absorb all the natural oils found within the center of the tree. Even though teak trees are known for their strength, grade C teak wood is generally softer and doesn’t have the same uniform honey coloring as the higher grades of teak. You are more likely to see dark black streaking, marks from insects and wood fillers to mask imperfections. Wood has a dark color in places, mixed with a very white color in places. The white is the young sapwood. There is an allowance for dead knots (where the knot was weak, has been gouged out and filled with epoxy or putty) These knots may be on the top side or the bottom side. (the joint is not exact, and there are gaps). This is usually filled with epoxy, and generally, the furniture comes completely assembled.

Tetra Inspection Expertise in Furniture

Tetra Inspection has a team of experienced professionals who specialize in furniture quality control. These experts will provide onsite and furniture lab testing assistance for your products. Also, you will be provided with an elaborate and comprehensive report on your/supplier’s manufacturing process and how you can improve it to maximize cost saving and customer satisfaction. In order to discuss the details of your project please contact us via the provided contact details and ensure a speck-less furniture delivery to your customers.