Whether you have a historic home or are looking to add rustic charm to your home, buying antique furniture can add additional character and aesthetic to your home. Here are some tips to help you get you prepared for buying the best historic furniture.
Style and Era
Historic, or vintage, furniture is unique because the style of the given item isn’t often created anymore, making the presence of such furniture quite eye-catching and decorative. This is your chance to embody an interesting style or design into your house without the need for major renovations. Consider what time periods interest you and the kinds of furniture that might be still available. If you own a historic house, you may want to bring in new furniture that is consistent with your home’s inherent style and design. The best way to pinpoint your options is to simply research.
In addition to researching styles online, you’ll probably be able to purchase historic furniture directly. Be careful with online purchases. Because you haven’t seen the furniture first hand, you must confirm that the dealer is legit and that the furniture is authentic. Of course, part of the fun in choosing historic furniture is shopping around to actually find the piece that’s “just right”.
Visit Local Antique Shops
One way you can save on furniture deliveries and ensure you’re getting the piece of furniture you want is to go to the source: antique shops. A major benefit of shopping at antique shops is there will likely be a wide variety of historic furniture to choose from. Let yourself explore and see which piece of furniture catches your eye.
A major aspect of historic furniture is its history, the furniture in question may have an interesting story behind it, or was featured in a noted historic home. Be sure to get as many details from the shop owner as possible. This will help you fully assess the worth and gauge your own interest in the individual piece of furniture.
Assess the Quality
It’s easy to be overcome with how beautiful or interesting a piece of historic furniture can be, but remember, it’s still furniture. If you plan on using the furniture for everyday purposes, be sure that the item is fully functional. For tables, couches, and chairs, be sure that foundations are sound and that the construction is still stable enough to bear weight. Make sure that the furniture doesn’t have overt wear-and-tear. While some marks and scratched can give the furniture character and enhance its historical presence, you want a piece that’s still high-quality. The best way to do this is to simply explore your options and decide whether you want a piece of furniture purely for aesthetic or for practical use.
If you’re willing to alter or repair a piece of furniture, you could use the damage to leverage a lower price. Alternatively, if you just want a piece of furniture for show, you can also justify its lack of use as a means to negotiate price.
Consider Overall House Compatibility
Make sure the new furniture will be an enhancement to your home and not a burden. Take measurements to ensure the furniture in question won’t be too small or too large for the space you want to fill. While a piece of historic furniture might look good on its own, try to pair new furniture with the theme of the room it’s in. let the furniture add another layer to the room instead of just standing out. This will make a room seem homier.