Given the high costs of acquiring furniture, you will be looking to maintain your purchase in pristine condition. You may own furniture that you purchase for your own use, a great antique you acquire at an unbelievable bargain or an heirloom that has been in your family for generations.
Like all other things that are made by man, your furniture may start looking worse for wear at some point even your wooden windows. At this juncture, you must decide whether it will continue getting dilapidated or taking it for repairs. To understand the options that will be at your disposal when carrying out furniture repair, we have discussed some of the four main types of furniture repair that you can choose from.
General Furniture Repair
General furniture repair refers to when you find a professional to take care of minor issues such general wear and tear, warped metal or wood splintering. Consider the Abbey group somewhere to take your cherished items for repair.
General repair also covers repairs to general damage to the structural integrity of furniture, the replacement of furniture legs, resurfacing such as stripping and sanding the surface, filing holes with wood filler as well as refinishing furniture using paint, wax, lacquer, stain or varnish.
Though general repairs mostly require carpentry and wood working skills, there are other skills that may be required depending on the type of repairs.
Upholstery work can be classified under general repairs except that upholstery work exclusively covers repairs to structural damage, coverings and padding’s.
During upholstery work, the covers and padding’s are usually first removed, and any structural damage repaired. Once the structural damage has been repaired, the professional handling the repairs will then create a new set of padding’s and covers as per your design instructions. Furniture coverings can either be made from leather or fabric.
When carrying out repairs, the upholsterer usually first has to create the furniture padding before installing covers. A good upholsterer usually has extensive knowledge on woodwork as well as fabrics.
When seeking furniture repairs, you will also find experts who specialise specifically in the repair and restoration of damaged antiques. Antique restoration work usually requires a lot of skill, a wealth of experience and special tools.
Most antique restorers can handle small restoration jobs at your own home but if the job is huge, they may ask for the antique furniture to be delivered to their workshop. Antique restores usually focus on a wide range of furniture from bookshelves, dining tables, sofas, chairs, sideboards to many other types of furniture.
Buying and Re-Selling of Furniture
Though this kind of work may seem inconsequential to most homeowners, it is especially important for antique furniture dealers and auction houses. In this type of work, a furniture restorer usually acquires old and antique furniture, repairs or restores the furniture and then sells it for a small profit margin.
This kind of work usually guarantees that only quality, safe and original antiques are sold creating a thriving second-hand market for this type of furniture.