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matching set 1: mirrored furniture with 'Out There' handles matching set 2: mirrored furniture with angled drawers
Our guide to Mirrored Furniture
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Sometimes it’s worth spending money on things that you KNOW are not top quality. We don’t dismiss clothes because they are not 100% cotton, whinge about great tasting food that’s been microwave cooked, or insist on 24 carat gold. We understand that design is worth money – sometimes more money than the expensive material used to make a mediocre looking product. That’s why you’ll find some furniture and accessories across our site that are design led – resin framed mirrors made to look (and feel) like solid wood, glass rather than crystal chandeliers and composite rather than hardwood embossed furniture. We feel that these are worthy compromises in today’s market. After all, we all want to live like princesses but most of us do not have a budget to match.
Mirrored furniture on the other hand should not (and will not, here at Out There) be compromised upon.
There is plenty of cheap mirrored furniture on the market, and the majority is advertised at the same price as the good quality stuff. The only way to avoid cheaply manufactured items is to either see it in person in a shop or showroom, or buy from an online retailer who can guarantee that their glass furniture is top quality.
We have experienced cheap furniture of this kind in the past, where (nameless!) suppliers have cut corners in an effort to increase profits. The result is not good. Transit damage increases, customer returns go up and your visits to the rubbish dump become more and more frequent. Cheaply made furniture of this type is bad for customers who have paid good money, and simply not worth it for a business like ours.
All mirrored furniture is created by covering a wooden piece of furniture in mirrored glass. (One of our national competitors actually uses plastic, but that’s a scary story we won’t tell right now). If the wood used to create the structure of the furniture is not of good quality, the piece will feel light and flimsy and the more likely it is to be damaged, either in transit, or through everyday wear and tear. If you have a piece of glass furniture which has been manufactured from light weight, cheap material you will be able to tell: it will feel cheap, drawers will feel loose and the whole unit will feel a little unsteady. Here at Out There our mirrored furniture is manufactured from very thick, heavy wood. The pieces are strong and sturdy at their core, and you can tell when you touch them, open and close their drawers and move them around.
The most important aspect of your mirrored furniture is the glass that is used. Here are three clear reasons to avoid the cheap stuff.
1. Budget mirrored furniture is often manufactured with thin glass. The thinner the glass the more fragile it is, and although the good quality version is obviously fragile, the thicker the glass the less likely you are to break it should you put an item down hard, or accidentally hit the feet with the Hoover.
2. Cheap glass furniture can have a greenish tint which, no matter how impressive the design will give away its price. Look at a cheap mirror from a few different angles and you can see the discolouration. All our stock is high quality and is therefore crystal clear all the way around.
3. The final reason is massively important, and the primary difference between a quality looking piece of mirrored furniture and a cheap one. All quality mirrors and glass furniture have bevelled edges, and the thicker and sharper the bevel the more impressive your furniture will look. The majority of our products feature a razor sharp bevel of at least 1-2 centimetres thick around every edge, and looks absolutely divine.
Mirrored Furniture Drawer Runners
Another reason to avoid cheap mirrored furniture is the small details which will inevitably be missing. Our mirrored chests of drawers and Venetian bedside tables for example almost all feature top quality drawer runners, similar to those on smooth-close kitchen drawers. The drawers (as well as the pieces themselves) are fully manufactured from thick, heavy wood which will not buckle, bend or disintegrate in any way over time. They feature a smooth black silk interior typical of top quality furniture. There’s nothing worse than cheap drawer bottoms and rickety runners. You will never experience this problem with the mirrored range from Out There Interiors.
Mirrored Furniture Packaging
You may consider this a minor issue; after all you’re not going to put the packaging on display in your bedroom. But the packaging your furniture arrives in speaks volumes about the quality of the piece inside. If a supplier or retailer has spent time, effort and money on their mirrored furniture then they will care about its safe transportation and will have taken steps to ensure that the packaging is adequate. Packaging costs significant money, so if your mirrored furniture arrives in anything less than superb packaging you may find that what’s inside is also less than superb. All our glass furniture arrives in very thick, moulded polystyrene and is boxed in branded cartons. We are proud of our stock and will not allow a few bumps in the road to be the end of a magnificent mirrored chest.
Quality Inspections – our efforts to protect you from damage
It makes no sense for a business like ours to transport furniture nationwide without checking it over beforehand. If we don’t check each piece of mirrored furniture before it is dispatched then we risk paying for a delivery which was totally pointless – not to mention disappointing our customer who has waited in anticipation for the beautiful piece of furniture which will transform their bedroom. Failed deliveries cost time and money, and are annoying for all concerned, so we try to limit them as much as possible. We are also meticulous when it comes to identifying where damage to our furniture takes place, so we can put in preventative measures which ensure it is a rare occurrence. In order to identify where the damage happens, all mirrored furniture is quality checked the moment it arrives in our warehouse. If we are not satisfied with the quality or find items to be damaged we return them to the supplier or advertise them as seconds. This way we know that the mirrored furniture we buy is of good quality and we are not storing, or potentially delivering damaged stock. Of course a certain amount of damage is inevitable when dealing in such delicate items and the majority of this damage will happen in transit, which is why we ask you to carry out your own inspection upon receipt of your delivery. If you do find it to be damaged simply instruct the driver to return it to us, and we will get your replacement sent out as soon as humanly possible.
The small details it’s good to know about.
We pride ourselves on knowing our mirrored furniture backwards. It’s what we specialise in, so if we didn’t we wouldn’t be doing our job properly. Although we believe that all mirrored furniture matches, if you are a perfectionist (and believe me you are not alone) you may want to discuss things like edges, feet and bevel depth with our sales staff. Our people are accustomed to your questions and will happily talk you through our range pointing out the advantages (and even disadvantages) of particular pieces. They can tell you which items match exactly, which ones come from the same source, whether the handles are interchangeable and so on and so forth. We do not claim to be interior designers (we’ll leave that to the experts) but we do know our mirrored furniture inside out.
Care and repair
Once your mirrored furniture is in situ you will find that it’s very easy to look after. The most important thing to get right is getting it in situ in the first place. To keep our delivery costs rock bottom for our customers, our standard mirrored furniture delivery charge is for a two-man delivery to just inside the front door. (Anything less would be asking for trouble.) After that however, unless you have paid the small extra delivery charge for Room of Choice, you will probably be manoeuvring the furniture inside your property yourself. Believe it or not this is where the majority of damage is caused, so please be careful and do not let your excitement get the better of you. If your mirrored furniture is to go up stairs it is better to do so with the packaging on. Therefore following inspection of the item at the front door be careful not to destroy the packaging. Once you are satisfied your order has not suffered from transit damage and the driver has left, our advice is to carefully pack the mirrored furniture back in its packaging before attempting to lift it up the stairs. If you decide not to do this, then take these precautionary measures:
1. If you have bought a mirrored chest or bedside remove the drawers before attempting the lift. A classic catastrophe is drawers falling out and hitting the banister as they are manoeuvred.
2. If the piece is heavy then ensure you are able to lift it comfortably. If you do not feel comfortable be patient and wait for someone stronger to help.
3. If you are required to carry heavy glass furniture up the stairs the taller person should be at the bottom pushing up, and the shorter person lifting from the top.
Don’t panic. 90% of our mirrored furniture arrives fully assembled. This goes for all but one style of mirrored bedside table (Helen) and every single mirrored chest of drawers. Our mirrored cubes, TV cabinets and side tables are also manufactured assembled. However mirrored dressing tables and mirrored coffee tables often require simple assembly. Yes, the assembly is simple but can be hazardous. Ensure that you lay the individual pieces on soft surfaces, and make sure there are no sharp items of the floor that could cause scratches. Lie mirrored dressing tables upside down, screw in the legs and carefully lift over into position ensuring that as you do so, you do not send the drawers flying (can you tell we’ve done this before?) Bottom line, if you need any advice with assembly please feel free to pick up the phone.
Ladies! (I’m addressing this to you, as you are the majority of our mirrored furniture customers. To all you guys with great taste, I apologise). Our advice is to take responsibility for screwing the handles in yourself, and try to resist the urge to give this job to a man (sorry guys) who does not appreciate how much you love your new mirrored drawers. A classic breakage is the handles-screwed-in-too-tight damage. It’s immediately obvious, a neat crack running from the handle which spreads and spreads ruining the look of your mirrored drawers. Avoid this at all costs. Delicately screw those handles in yourself with a (preferably pink and fluffy) screw-driver. No power tools please (believe it or not this has happened) and ensure you use the clear washers which are provided. They are there to protect the glass drawers and will not be noticeable once finished.
If the worst does happen then you will be infuriated, but some good news is that here at Out There we are sympathetic when it comes to mirrored furniture damage. Almost all of us at Out There have damaged a piece at one stage or another. We have dropped mirrored bedside tables off mezzanine floors, tipped mirrored drawers out the back of vans, driven into mirrored dressing tables with the fork lift truck and generally been very clumsy. It happens! An honest confession of “I tightened my handles too much” or “I hit my mirrored coffee table with the Hoover” will go down a lot better than “my mirrored furniture is faulty”. We can’t always help but we will certainly try, and our customer service staff will talk you through your options in order to get your damaged item looking like new again.
No amount of cleaning could put us off the delights of this type of furniture here at Out There. Yes, mirrored furniture does get dusty but it will also transform your living space – so decide for yourself which one is more important! As to what to clean it with, everyday products such as Pledge and dusters work wonders, and will have your reflective furniture gleaming again in seconds. (It’s very satisfying too).
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