3 Things To Consider Before Restoring Your Antique Furniture

Posted on: 11 July 2016

If you have antique furniture in your home, restoring it to its best condition is always ideal. This way, you can keep an irreplaceable piece without it appearing to be timely and unsightly in your home. However, before restoring any antique furniture, you should consider these three things:

How Out of the Ordinary is the Piece? 

In some cases, antique furniture is not worth restoring if you can simply replace it with similar antique furniture that is easily found at antique shops or other retailers. This is especially true if replacing the piece is going to cost less than restoring it. However, if the piece is out of the ordinary, then having it restored is definitely ideal. An out of the ordinary piece can include a piece of furniture that used to belong to your grandmother or another ancestor. This can also include antique pieces that are no longer being manufactured, such as a dresser from the early 1800s. You most likely won't be able to replace older pieces like that. 

Was Your Piece Made by a Notable Craftsman or Manufacturer?

There should be a stamp or seal somewhere on the antique furniture that indicates where the piece originated from. It's important to look up these origins if you don't know who the craftsman or manufacturer is already. If the craftsman or manufacturer is notable, then it's worth restoring since it will only increase in value. For example, furniture made by a famous craftsman in the 1800s will be furniture that you definitely don't want to get rid of. 

Is a Cleaning All it Needs?

In some cases, restoration isn't necessary at all, since all the furniture really needs is a nice cleaning to remove old marks, stubborn dust, and other debris. In some cases, you can even simply just replace the old, worn-out knobs or other accessories that help the furniture continue to function as it should. The best way to determine whether or not this is the case is to take it to a specialty furniture restoration professional who will be able to tell you whether or not restoration will be more or less ideal than a simple cleaning. They will also be able to do the cleaning for you if that is all that is required. 

When you consider these three things before restoring your antique furniture, you can be sure that restoration is definitely worth the price that you pay for it.