Tips for Buying Antique Furniture

Antique furniture adds extra charm and class to your home, but buying an older piece of furniture is much different than buying it new. So how do you start?

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First off, you’ll likely be buying it from an auction house, antique store, or flea market instead of a reputable retail store. Sometimes you can also find these pieces online, but it’s always best to examine them in person. Try to scope out the different antique stores, flea markets, etc. in your area and see what kinds of items they sell. Get to know the salespeople or vendors, get information on the items, and wait for bargains. If an item has been sitting out for a while, sellers will lower the price, and by checking in often, you can take advantage of this.

Try to find a signature, label, or stamp

You want to make sure that the item you’re looking at is a genuine, antique item and not just a knock-off. To ensure this, find a signature, label, or stamp showing who it was made by and when. You may not always find one, especially if it’s from the 17th or 18th centuries, but if you do then that will tell you a lot about the item. Check the backs and undersides of drawers, or the back or bottom of the entire piece.

Look for quality

You should make sure the item was made well and is still in good shape. Ensure that the materials and workmanship are high quality and check that the item works as it should. Drawers should slide in and out easily, and frames should be sturdy, not shaky.

Don’t be deterred by scratches

You want to try and find gently used furniture, but the older the piece, the more likely you’ll find scratches. Surface scratches, however, can be fixed, so don’t let those minor flaws scare you away. If the item you’ve picked out does have defects, use that as an opportunity to bargain for a better price. Then, bring it to Design Craft Upholstery. We can restore your antique item so it looks like new again.

4 Tips for Caring for Your Antique Furniture

Antique furniture adds personal style and vintage charm to your space and makes a bold statement, as long as it’s well taken care of, of course!

Here are some best practices for caring for your antique furniture:

Clean carefully4 Tips for Caring for Your Antique Furniture

Your antique furniture only stands the test of time if you put in the proper care and delicate maintenance required for upkeep.

Dust off your furniture with a very soft cloth, and avoid common household cleaning products. Trust a mild cleaner designed for your furniture’s material to remove stains or built-up dirt. Never use abrasive brushes on your furniture; use only soft materials to avoid scratching or wear.

Pick the perfect spot

Keep your antique furniture out of direct sunlight, which can degrade finishes and wood. Try instead to illuminate your furniture as evenly as possible to avoid uneven fading.

Move your furniture away from heating vents, as heat can cause shrinking that loosens veneers, glue joints, and inlays.

Air conditioning vents also subject your furniture to changes in temperature that may lead to cracking or damage. Use a dehumidifier to regulate your home’s humidity and to avoid the effects of too much moisture on your furniture, such as stuck drawers or mold growth.

Give it some polish

Owning antique furniture comes with the important responsibility of making it look its best.

Protect your furniture with a little wax and polish. Choose a high-quality paste wax to give your furniture a varnished finish and to provide protection from moisture and dust.

Wax your pieces only a few times per year to avoid dulling your furniture’s finish.

Call in the professionals

Maybe your antique furniture was passed down to you, or you found your beautiful pieces at a yard sale or online. However, you acquired these antiques, they’re likely to need a bit of repair some time down the line.

At this point, it is best to call in the professionals to artfully reestablish your piece. Some of the best antique restoration services include individual refinishing and upholstery to remove all signs of damage and to revitalize the character of your furniture.

Trust Design Craft Upholstery for antique restoration guaranteed to bring your furniture back to life!