Tips for Finding the Right Piece of Furniture

Something as simple as upgrading your furniture can make a huge difference in how you interact with a room. Your furniture is more than just a functional way to rest, relax and store items. It’s also an important extension of your personality.

So, if you’re going to update your furniture it’s a good idea to make sure you do it right the first time. There is a significant difference between well-built furniture and the cheaply made goods available at many a big-box retailer.

“I like to sell furniture that you buy once,” says Bob Wozniak, owner of Strode’s Furniture, in Huntley. “Our furniture is built to last for as long as you want to hold onto it.”

A fixture of Huntley’s downtown, the store is a favorite with customers because of its high-quality wares. Those customers also tend to appreciate the knowledgeable salespeople who are always on hand to explain the difference in quality and help customers to find something that fits their personal aesthetic.

Quality pieces come ready-made in a wide variety of styles and sizes in the showroom, yet customers are also invited to custom-order something that’s more to their liking. Custom options typically cost more than the options at the big-box store, but their advantage is that you can have it your way, with the colors you like and the size or the finish that you need – and to a standard that’s built to last.

Wozniak and his team have a partnership with the Amish of northern Indiana that allows customers to mix and match wood species, stain and size on a variety of pieces, from dining room tables to bedroom sets. The result is a one-of-a-kind piece for the home.

“A lot of the stuff they make has a more modern look,” says Wozniak.

Strode’s also carries a wide variety of other furniture, particularly sofas and home decor that’s built in America. Many of these options also come with customizable upholstery and other features.

If you’re thinking about buying, it’s always a good idea to provide sizes and styles you like, to help staff zero in on the best options.

“We like to take the time with everyone, especially if they’re coming in to see us for the first time,” says Wozniak.

Strode’s Furniture is located at 11707 Main St., Huntley, (847) 669-3500.