Tips for restoring old furniture

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Alt-tag: An old wooden dresser

There are pieces of furniture in our homes that are far too valuable for us to throw away or sell for a measly price to an ignorant antique shop owner. Let’s say you’ve got a chair or another family heirloom that fits the description above perfectly. It has been an essential part of the living room for decades now. Wondering how to renew it? Say no more. In this article, we’ll show you some tips for restoring old furniture. Your chair or whatever it is you want to restore will soon be good as new!

Have it properly cleaned

Before you proudly start sporting your home-renovating clothes and show off your sandpaper supplies, it might be a good idea to take a piece of cloth and give the piece of furniture you’re planning to restore a nice big scrub! You’re free to use a sponge, warm water, and a bit of vegetable-based oil soap. Also, use a toothbrush to clean delicate spots. Some folks note that baking soda is perfect (and pretty safe) for cleaning old furniture. After you’re done with thoroughly cleansing your family heirloom, you might realize it doesn’t need repairing at all. Years and years of dirt and dust have made you believe differently!

Caption: Use an old toothbrush to clean delicate spots on the piece of furniture you’re planning to restore.

Alt-tag: Three toothbrushes

Replace unrepairable parts

You might find some parts of your furniture unrepairable. In that case, you’ll need to have them replaced. You can either find identical parts at an antique shop or hire professionals to make you a custom-made piece.

Bonus tip: Dealing with old furniture when moving

You can imagine most folks start to think about their old furniture when the relocation date gets close. Some even throw their family history in the garbage can. Whatever you do – avoid doing that. There are plenty of other ways to deal with it. Even if you don’t want to take it to your new home, you can still organize a yard sale or donate it. Allow your soon-to-be ex-furniture to continue being a part of someone’s home.

Caption: Whatever you do – don’t let your furniture end up like this. Organize a yard sale or donate!

Alt-tag: An abandoned armchair

Safety first!

Although it would’ve been a title more suitable for the first paragraph, it really doesn’t matter. Your safety matters! When restoring old furniture, small particles are bound to jump up and down around your face. We can guess you’re pretty tired of wearing a mask, but it’s highly recommended that you wear it while refurbishing your old household inventory. You won’t have to breathe in all the toxic vapor coming from the paint can. Also, a pair of safety goggles is a must. Imagine a small piece of sharp wood going straight into your eye! You probably want to avoid that.

A quick goodbye

That’s all, folks! These were some of the tips for restoring old furniture. With a bit of luck, your old furniture will get the fresh start it most certainly deserves!

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How to Pick Furniture That Doesn’t Need Much Cleaning

Today’s busy schedule makes it more practical to invest in home furniture that is easy to clean. When you know how to pick furniture that doesn’t need much cleaning, you can save a lot of time and resources. Here are things to consider when shopping for easy to clean furniture.

The material and design are both major factors that would determine how easy or difficult a piece of furniture is to clean. Secondary factors are size and color.

While all these contribute to making home furniture easy to clean, remember that taking into account all these considerations at once might mean sacrificing the theme and layout of a room. So, be wise with your priorities when choosing furniture that does not need much cleaning.

Consider the Material

There are different types of materials used to cover sofas, bed boards, and other upholstery. Some of these materials are more demanding with cleaning than others, though. They accumulate dust and dirt more because of the material design structure. One example is wool fabric.

If you are going to use fabric for upholstery, choose contract-grade ones for their stain-proof qualities. To avoid the hassle of intensive cleaning, go for materials that are easy to clean. Here are some examples:

  • Leather
  • Vinyl
  • Velvet
  • Microfiber
  • Faux leather

Most of these materials don’t need a lot of scrubbing to clean. Some, like faux leather, are good with simple wiping down once.

Go for Darker Shades

Dark furniture adds drama and formality to a room. Yet, aside from its mood-enhancing effects, it also has an advantage over light-colored fixtures in terms of cleaning and maintenance.

Dirt and stains are more obvious on light-colored surfaces. In return, furniture in light colors is more demanding when it comes to cleaning. You would either spot clean often or sacrifice the integrity of the physical appearance of the furniture.

If the color of the furniture would not hurt the overall design and theme of a room, then the wiser approach is to shop for dark-colored fixtures. Also, if you are a new homeowner, you should know which pieces are more important than others when picking furniture for a new home.

Avoid Intricate Details

Whether it is metal, wood, or upholstery, go for a simple design. A plain design does not have too many details that will require twice as much time to clean. Also, you avoid the need for special tools to clean those tight spaces in overly detailed furniture.

Some furniture comes with accessories, too. Think for a second and decide if omitting these add-ons would not affect the function of the furniture. Again, the rule here is to focus on simplicity.

Go for a Smaller Size

Americans spend about 6 hours cleaning their home, according to the American Cleaning Institute. Whether this is enough or not, you can reduce the hours you spend cleaning furniture at home by considering some changes on your next purchase.

With any furniture, size matters when it comes to cleaning. The bigger your furniture, the longer it would take you to clean. Settle for smaller furniture if possible to save time on cleaning. Still, remember that a smaller size may mean sacrifices on functionality and overall design.

While it is better to get smaller furniture, this might not be the best approach for some types, such as cabinets and storage solutions. If getting a smaller size only means upgrading to another size in the next few days, then it is best that you opt for a long-term solution instead.


It will save you a lot of time and even cleaning supplies when you switch to furniture that is easy to clean. If possible, choose smaller, dark-colored furniture that does not have too many accessories and details. It is also a plus to choose upholstery with stain-proof qualities for easy cleaning.

Black Friday 2020 Sale!

Furniture Works is pleased to announce our 2020 Black Friday Sale! We will be offering 15% off all new furniture starting on Friday November 27th and ending on Sunday November 29th. We will be adhering to current covid-19 policy’s such a limiting occupancy in the store to 10 customers at a time, Masks are required. Our Hours are as follows:

Friday 12:30-6

Saturday 10-6

Sunday 10-4

We can’t wait to see you and help you find your perfect piece of furniture