While a second-hand bedframe is fine, you never want to buy a used matress.
Another piece of second-hand furniture with potential problems is one that was put together by the consumer. Just about every home contains a piece or two of furniture that came in a box as parts, hardware and some unintelligible instructions. These are typically not very sturdy and are rarely worth any rehabilitation effort.
Finally, purchasing second-hand children’s furniture requires extra care. Often, older pieces do not meet current safety regulations, such those for as the slats and rails on baby cribs. Because of all the safety rules governing infant and children’s furniture, manufacturers often have to recall pieces and there’s no sure way to know if a second-hand piece was subject to a recall
Plan on Redoing Upholstery
We’ve already mentioned re-upholstery with regard to second-hand sofas, but it is often the only thing you need to turn an old discard into a new treasure. Because upholstery shows wear easily, sturdy chairs with a good design can look quite ratty if the seats or cushions are dirty or torn. If the piece is made of quality wood and has “good bones” it can be worth the cost of new upholstery.
That said, a bargain piece can quickly become a pricey project with an expensive fabric choice and complex re-upholstery job, especially if it includes new cushion stuffing. If you find a piece you love, do some quick mental math to determine if it is worth the time and effort. Just
because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s going to be a bargain! Most upholstered pieces will need to be redone, either for quality or looks.
Solid Wood is the Best Bet
The bulk of second-hand furniture pieces that hold their structure and value is often because they are made from solid wood, especially hardwoods like beech, teak, walnut, maple, mahogany, or oak. Softwoods like pine may be common in second-hand pieces but they damage more easily and typically don’t last as long. It’s not worth the work of refinishing second-hand furniture if it is not made of sturdy hardwood.
If you still want to purchase the piece because it’s inexpensive, make sure you check the construction like joints for quality and stability. Take your time and look the piece over to make sure you really want it.
Solid wood furniture like this credenza from Park Hill are the best pieces to buy second-hand.
But don’t automatically skip veneer pieces
Is the piece you want made of laminate or
MDF that has a veneer? While solid wood is the best bet in the long run, many beautiful pieces are made f these other materials. Along the same lines, you need to check the integrity of the piece and make sure that any damage can be easily repaired. If it is a simple matter of veneer that has come loose, you can usually glue it back down as long as it does not involve large areas of the piece. Vintage laminate pieces like this table can be a good buy and are in demand.
Metal is Marvelous
Second-hand furniture that is made from metal is one of the most easily refurbished and often is the most attractive. Besides a giving it a good cleaning, removing any rust and adding a coat of the appropriate type of paint, there’s usually not much else to do. If you want to use it outside, make sure you pick the proper paint.
Second-hand furniture made from metal can be cleaned and left in its natural state.
Metal components can be used for a table with the addition of a top. This is from Mercana.
For those who have a vision and can think creatively, second-hand furniture is truly a treasure trove. Part of the fun is finding a great piece and imagining a purpose that goes beyond its original reason for being: Turn an old dresser into a console, a mechanical industrial piece into a credenza, or a buffet into a kitchen island.
Being crafty and creative can provide solutions for different types of cosmetic damage. Textiles, decorative painting, wallpaper and other materials are often used for camouflaging surface imperfections like heavy wear, water marks or scratches and dents.
Tub stools from VIP Garden & Home are a good example of repurpoisong.
Where to Find Second-Hand Pieces
Sometimes you don’t need to look much further than your own street. People often leave used furniture on the curb to go out with the garbage. Apartment complexes and especially college neighborhoods at the end of the school year can yield some good finds.
Second-hand stores, tag sales, garage sales, flea markets, estate sales– all of these are tried and true places to find used furniture. In addition, now there are apps and online resale sites specific to your city or neighborhood. If purchasing online, follow the same rules for examining furniture in person before buying it. Another fun way to buy second-hand furniture is at an auction. These require a little more preparation to become familiar with the pieces before the sale.
Sometimes, furniture rental companies or hotels that are remodeling may sell their furnishings and these can be sturdy bargains. Keep an eye on local listings for special sales or put your name on mailing lists for furniture rental companies.
An old chicken coop becomes a decorative wall unit.
A tractor seat in bright red makes a whimsical stool.
While the hunt for treasures is fun, there are practical tips that can make shopping for second-hand furniture easier. First, remember that you will be responsible for transporting your purchases home, so you need to have, or have access to, a vehicle that is large enough to move them. Some sellers will hang onto your piece for a few hours so that you can get a truck or wagon. Just be sure to discuss these issues before you turn over your money.
Before you head out the door, make sure that you bring the measurements of your space with you, along with a measuring tape. There’s nothing worse than buying a piece that you love only to get it home and find it won’t fit in the living room — or even through the door!
A vintage suitcase can be a fun, rustic shelf.
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