Whether you have just moved in or are planning to re-decor your home, you might have thought of the option of buying used furniture at least once in your lifetime. There is always a mystical appeal to buying used furniture, but often, the fear of recklessly buying furniture that might be damaged or not functioning properly keeps one from attempting to actually buy second-hand furniture. Fear not, however, for there are handy guides on how to wade through the countless dozens of used goods; a series of helpful tips is given below:
Where? – second-hand goods can be bought from many locations: there are specific second-hand furniture shops that come with a mark of reliability to them, but there are also the improbable gold mines in the form of auctions or garage sales. Additionally, you can also hunt for hotels which sell their older furniture during refurbishing.
Materials and build – the main points to focus on are how the furniture is made and from what it is made. For example, cheap dining chairs that were assembled together can be more prone to breaking down as their joints are much weaker than articles of furniture that come in one piece. Wooden goods can be potentially decayed, and iron goods can have undergone rusting. Make sure to test the sturdiness of each piece of furniture (for example, sit in a chair, or press down on a sofa or bed).
Refurbish – take care to refurbish any goods you buy from these second-hand markets. If it is wooden furniture, apply finishes once more; it if is metal and wrought-iron goods, you will need to paint them once more to prevent any possibilities of rusting; and, for example, if you have bought some cheap mattresses off a second-hand auction, know that they will host germs and that you will have to give them a thorough disinfection and washing. Whatever you buy, you will need to make sure it is in usable condition before placing it in your home for use!!
Think twice before buying – and lastly, to conclude, before you buy any second-hand good, think once more. You might have tested the sturdiness, the materials and every other thing you might think of, but there might be somewhat more obscure points to focus on – such as any possible odours that might emanate from it. Remember, when buying second-hand, your gut feeling is something you better abide by. If something tells you a particular piece of furniture is a bad idea, stay away from it. Whatever you end buying will remain with you for years to come: accordingly, you want something you can honestly love to have in your home.