Redecorating a home is an exhilarating task, especially as you get the freedom to inject some personality into your home. However, it can’t be denied that this project can be expensive, too. Furniture is a considerable investment, and all the other decorative items can add up to a hefty total real fast, too.
For this reason, those who are on a budget or who like to be challenged often opt for secondhand furniture to make their home styling dreams come true.
If you are considering this, you need not worry about the imperfect pieces. After all, imperfections in secondhand furniture increase charm.
Choosing to use secondhand furniture is an eco-friendly way to furnish your home, too. Whether the furniture is vintage or not, you can often find something that suits your taste and budget. But like any other project, it’s a good idea to know as much as you can before you set out to hunt for your secondhand furniture:
Examine Every Piece Carefully
Check out every inch of every piece of furniture you’re considering and make sure it’s in good enough condition to do your decorating vision justice. Look at the structure and the way the pieces are attached to the frame. Make sure the drawers open and close easily and are in good repair. Look for cracks and dents as well. Also, try to avoid secondhand furniture that is stained with smoke or that has visible water damage.
Be Extra Careful When Buying Couches
Couches are typically the most expensive furniture in a home, and buying one used is always risky business. It’s important to keep in mind that couches are made for comfort, and a couch that’s been used for years is likely to be in worse shape than a couch that’s never been used. Even if you love the design, it might not be a good idea to buy a used couch unless you have someone willing to reupholster it for you.
Do a Sniff Test
You can’t beat the smell of new furniture, but if you’re buying secondhand furniture, you might have to settle for stale air. Avoid anything that smells like smoke. While some smoke smells can be covered up with a little Febreze, you’ll need to either leave smoke-scented furniture sealed in plastic for a while, or find a way to get rid of the smell entirely.
Consider Redoing Upholstery
If the upholstery seems in good shape and the frame is in good shape, you might be able to save a lot of money and have a lot of fun by reupholstering a sofa yourself. Look for small rips and tears in the upholstery and make sure there are no stains or spots before you buy.
Opt for Solid Wood
Your best option for secondhand furniture are those made of solid wood and have stood the test of time. They’re better than pieces with cushions and fabrics that might require extra jobs. They’re also less likely to retain stains and odour and often look good as new when revarnished or painted if that’s what you want to do.
Think Outside of the Box
Think of ways you can incorporate your secondhand furniture in unconventional ways. For instance, antique doors might work as interesting tables.
We can’t deny that used furniture is a great way to furnish a home economically. It’s also better for the environment to use secondhand furniture instead of new furniture. However, buying used furniture isn’t without its pitfalls. It’s important to carefully inspect every piece of secondhand furniture and consider the amount of work it will take to fix it up before you buy. It’s also important to consider your style when buying used furniture.