A house becomes a home as furnishings are put into place in each of the rooms, personalizing and catering to the owners’ tastes.  There are specific occasions (landmarks) when furniture purchases take place, such as:

  • Newlyweds setting up their first home
  • College student moving to a dormitory or apartment
  • After a life altering change such as divorce or assisted living
  • A new addition to the family or child outgrowing current furniture

When these events take place and you are considering investing in or refurbishing your furniture, there are key elements to consider.

While Furniture Shopping Don’t Be Afraid to Kick the Tires!

Prior to furniture refinishing or purchasing new, you may want to consider these important facts that can help determine your next move.

New Purchase

  1. Read the product description carefully. Cherry wood finish or mahogany veneer does not necessarily mean it’s made of solid wood.
  2. Ask about warranties and how the piece of furniture is serviced – directly through the store or through the manufacturer.
  3. Inquire about their delivery service – is it included or additional? If assembly is required is it provided by the store?
  4. When leaving a deposit on a non-stock item, determine if it is refundable if the wait period is longer than what you contracted for.
  5. It’s okay to kick the tires! Look under the sofa, in the dresser drawers and behind the china cabinet to see the quality of the manufactured piece of furniture.

 Furniture Restoration

  1. Be sure to verify that the finishing company hand strips and does not use dip and strip, which is caustic and contributes to the deterioration of joints and wood grain.
  2. Verify your choice of stain color directly on the piece of furniture being refinished. Stains appear differently based on type of wood.
  3. A quality upholsterer will remove old fabric before reupholstering.
  4. When refinishing your dining table, it is advisable to order a tabletop pad.
  5. Ask your furniture refinishing company what product they recommend for dusting and cleaning your furniture after it has been refinished.


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