Updated 8/16/2021. Originally published 6/16/2020.
When it comes to restoring old furniture should you do it yourself or hire a local Long Island professional? The answer depends on a number of factors – including personal preference.
Here are some things to consider:
What kind of furniture needs to be restored? Is it made of wood, laminate, metal, or something else? Then it’s probably not worth investing in. You can paint it, have a handy man fix it, but in general, only wooden furniture is worth having professionally restored.
How old is it? Old wooden furniture – built before 1980 – is made from higher-quality wood than anything new. It actually looks better when restored than lower quality modern wood. Modern ‘wood’ is often a composite of wood fiber, plastic, and some kind of binding agent. The main benefit is that its easy to mass produce and cheaper than high-quality real wood. But when it comes to refinishing that material, you’ll be throwing money in the wind.
How much is the piece worth to you? This could be monetary value, but isn’t necessarily. Obviously, if you plan to resell antique furniture in your local Nassau antique shop – you should have it professionally restored. However, if you’re keeping the family heirloom table for sentimental reasons and don’t care about monetary value– then you may decide to try and fix it yourself.
What’s your skill level? If you have prior experience with wood furniture restoration – and the cabinet is in relatively good repair – maybe it’s worth it to you to repair it on your own. But if you’ve never worked with wood in your whole life – it’s best to reach out to the professionals at LE Furniture Repair – because Barry comes right to your Queens or Nassau, Long Island residence. So you don’t have to do anything or worry about shipping out your delicate wood furniture.
What’s your budget? Professional furniture restoration services cost a fraction of buying new. Especially in the COVID world – where the costs of materials, even wood, seem to be rising non-stop. And even though the real price of lumber has come back down (as of July 2021) – the cost to builders is exorbitant. That gets passed on to the customer.
That said, refinishing your wood furniture is still an investment. If you are struggling to pay rent, and the wooden bed frame is for your personal use, you could try to restore it on your own. That said – there’s a high chance of damaging the wood if you don’t know what you’re doing.
If you plan to resell the furniture, or want to keep it in tip-top shape for the next generation, professional refinishing by LE Furniture Repair is the way to go.
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