You want to know, after spending loads of money on furniture, that it will be maintained in the very best possible condition. You may have bought it yourself, an antique you purchased for a bargain or something that was handed down to you by preceding family generations. At some point in time, furniture starts looking bad due to gradual wear, and you may have a choice of letting it get degraded, or you can repair it. To give you a better understanding of what you require, we have come up with a summary of 4 main furniture repair types for you.
First of all, there are general furniture repairers. These are the people you need if you have a warped metal, some wood splintering or general wear and tear needing some fix. This includes doing chair or table legs replacement or doing general repairs to damage on the furniture structure. A general furniture repair also encapsulates resurfacing, which provides for sanding old surfaces or stripping, filling holes and gaps with wood fillers and refinishing them with varnish, stain, polish, paint, wax, or lacquer. While the primary skill involved in general furniture repairs are carpentry and woodworking, other elements can be involved as well.
Upholstery can be said to fall under general furniture repairs except for the fact that this sort of repair is exclusively limited to padding, structural damage and coverings. Usually, the old pads and covers will be removed then structural repairs done first. Upon the piece being sound, they’ll make a new set of coverings and padding according to your design and specs. Coverings are typically created from leather or fabric, and the upholsterer will have to craft a new pad for the furniture before being covered, which requires a high level of skill and specialisation. A competent upholsterer has an in-depth knowledge of fabric and also a good understanding of woodwork.
There are furniture repair companies that specialise specifically in the restoration and repair of antique furniture. This sort of restoration needs a lot of knowledge, skill and experience and not to mention the appropriate equipment for handling delicate pieces. Most restorers do the small repairs on-site, but bigger projects will be done in-house in their very own workshops. An antique restoration covers everything from sofas and chairs to sideboard, dining room tables, bookshelves and so much more.
Buying and Reselling
This sort of business may not be of much use to the end consumer, but it’s a resource for auction houses and antique dealerships. This restorer makes a living by buying old furniture and antiques, repair ad restore them and then sell it later on for a small profit. This business makes sure that top quality antiques are on sale and offers good value to the second-hand market.
Choose a professional like the Abbey Group when it comes to re-upholstering and repairing furniture or restoring antique furniture of all sizes and shapes. Experts will appreciate and understand those unique items we feel we treasure most.