If you own a price of period furniture or maybe a family heirloom, then you might have considered having it restored back to its former glory. Alternatively, you may have a great piece of quality furniture which is looking a little tired and dated. Either way, taking the time to have these pieces restored and reupholstered is worth every penny spent.
Furniture is simply not made to the same quality as it was in days gone by. Demand for cheap products produced as quickly as possibly has meant that machines have all but replaced our craftsmen.
In the past, furniture makers used top quality woods, hand crafted joints and top quality springs and fabrics with which to produce their pieces. Today we see the widespread use of MDF, chipboard and formica, just some of the cheap and quick solutions used to produce furniture so quickly.
So if you are lucky enough to own a quality piece of furniture, then treat it with a little love and attention and it will reward you with many years of loyal and comfortable service.
Antique Furniture Restoration
Antique Furniture Restoration is a really interesting topic and knowing when to take the time to restore a piece can be confusing. Many pieces of antique furniture have already been restored at some point in their lives often to fit in with changing fashions and time. In days gone by, if a new piece of furniture could not be afforded, it was simply re-polished, repainted or sometimes even worse! Legs chopped down, drawers changed and parts ripped off! For instance, on the German Biedermeier tables (1820), the apron was often cut off so that more modern chairs could be used without guests having their legs squashed. The original chairs which came with the table did not feature upholstery and therefore were low enough to allow for the apron.
Many pieces of antique furniture are unnecessarily stripped, sanded and polished when it is not necessary, so before you start to attack your period piece, think about cleaning it first. Antique furniture looks better for its dents and darkened patches and if you are looking for something which is pristine and shines then maybe antique furniture is not for you.
Reupholstering old furniture
If you have a beloved piece of furniture of which you love the shape and look then reupholstery makes the perfect choice if you want to bring that piece back to life and up to date. Maybe you are lucky enough to have a much loved family heirloom which you wish to preserve and yet it is starting to look tired and dated?
Whatever your reason, upholstery is a great way to keep your quality furniture for generations to come and keep it up to date at the same time. There are quite a few traditional craftsmen in the UK who can reupholster your furniture in your choice of fabric or leather. Using traditional methods, craftsmen will strip back the old material, check all the joints for wear and tear, repair and replace before recovering in your choice of fabric.