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Save Your Furniture

Whether you’re moving or redecorating, or if that old ratty chair has just finally gotten to you, it’s easy to feel tempted to buy new furniture. “Out with the old, in with the new” is an adage that might ring through your mind as you stare at your old furniture pieces. Though the easiest way to arrive at a new look for a new space or a new version of your same old space would be to get brand new furniture, it’s not always the best way. New furniture may be fine, but it may also be overpriced or poorly made. If you have a tried and true couch or chair, you may want to consider hanging onto it.

We know what you’re thinking. “But it’s so ugly! I can’t stand to have that thing in my house one more day!” We get it. Sometimes an old furniture piece has, indeed, seen better days. However, we’d ask you to take a step back and examine the piece for its potential, not its present state.

When might it be a good idea to refurbish an old piece rather than get a new one? Read on for the many circumstances we’ve encountered in which throwing that old piece out just isn’t the best way to go.

If The Piece is Particularly “High End”
How much did you pay for the piece originally? Just like tuning up an expensive car or fixing up a house with huge potential, putting a little time and effort into a furniture piece that you spent a lot on is a better idea than ditching it altogether. Many times, you won’t be willing to spend what you spent on the original piece for its replacement. In this case, putting money into the piece to bring it back to life is a great way to keep what you originally invested in the piece by not getting rid of it.

The Construction is Particularly Good
The best candidates for refurbishment are furniture pieces that have an extremely solid construction. It’s hard to find affordable pieces that are made with really solid woods and that would be considered well constructed. If you have a piece of furniture that was well made, don’t get rid of it. The upholstery on the outside of the piece can always be swapped out, whereas finding a skeleton that’s really solid and good is not always as easy.

One of a Kind Pieces
Especially with antiques, it’s common to come across a piece of furniture that you absolutely love the shape and style of but that isn’t available in a wide range of colors or patterns. Many people who frequent antique and thrift shops buy on impulse because there is a very real chance that they may never see a piece like the one they love again. If you find something that’s one of a kind that would be perfect if it just weren’t for the color, see the forest for the trees. You can have that piece in a color or pattern that you love just by being willing to reupholster it.
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