There are several reasons for investing in vintage homeware and furniture.
A report in The Guardian suggests that a modern mass-produced chest of drawers has a much higher carbon footprint than a vintage or antique counterpart. But aside from its eco-friendliness, there are many other reasons why all generations are enjoying in the so-called ‘retro revolution’, including higher quality, aesthetic appeal and originality of the pieces.
But what should you look for when shopping for older furniture, and what do you need to be aware of in order to make the perfect purchase?
Unless you’re up for a major renovation project, you’ll probably be put off by a piece of vintage furniture with lots of scratches. Indeed, deep scratches can be tricky to remove, but you shouldn’t always let this deter you if you find an otherwise perfect piece. In many cases you’ll be able to buff up or even completely eradicate scratches and scruffs, and in exceptional cases a professional could refinish the piece for you.
Use Imperfections in Your Favour
In some cases imperfections could work in your favour when it comes to negotiating the best price. Explain that you’re interested in the piece but that it requires some TLC which will come at a cost. Many vendors will be happy to come down on the price, and you could seal yourself a great deal.
Take accurate measurements of the room and area in which your chosen piece of furniture will reside. Nothing is worse than finding your dream item, getting it home then realising it looks too big or small. And many stockists of vintage items won’t have the same returns policy as major high street brands. You will also want to make sure that you do not place these items too close to a heat source. In the colder months, as long as you have booked in with a Boiler Installation Gloucester company such as redbridgeandsons.co.uk/heating-systems-gloucestershire/boiler-installation-gloucester, your heating will be producing warm air around your home. If placed too close to these heat sources your vintage furniture can warp and fade.
Think Outside the Box
The interior trend of re-purposing vintage items is a popular one. Trunks for coffee tables, pallets for outdoor seating and tables for nightstands are just a few of the options available to you. There is great scope to be creative here and make your home a trove of vintage treasures.
Don’t Buy Full Sets
Buying a full set of matching vintage items can be costly. It can also overwhelm a space with too much of the same type of furniture. Buying odd pieces here and there adds to the quirky uniqueness of vintage decor.