If your living room recliner has suffered a few mishaps, or your dining room table doesn’t look as good as new anymore, don’t head to the thrift store. You can often save your (pricey) furniture with a surprisingly simple fix. We’re talking very inexpensive repairs: would you believe that objects as common as a nut, a child’s crayon, or a dab of toothpaste might be the difference between keeping your furniture, and a $1,000 replacement at the furniture showroom?If the damaged piece is an antique, or an expensive item, you’re better off with a professional restoration, but not every scuff or ding requires expert furniture repair. Keep your furniture – and your hard-earned money – by learning these clever tricks.
Scuffs and Scratches
There are lots of simple hacks for minor scuffs and scratches on wood. You can rub the scratch with a bit of walnut meat; you can brew a cup of tea, and rub in a bit of it with a soft cloth to stain the wood; you can color the scratch with a matching color wax crayon, and buff it in; or you can use one of the stain markers available in home improvement stores. For larger scratches try a professional furniture repair company.
Watermarks on Wood
You can sometimes buff a white water stain out of wood with rubbing alcohol, or alternatively, a little white baking soda toothpaste. You may also put a thick cotton cloth over the stain, and apply a dry, hot iron for an instant or two.
Scratches on Leather
If your cat or dog (or child or guest) has scratched your leather sofa, the best solution is sofa repair specialists. You shouldn’t throw away your loved couch, when professionals may have a very simple solution.
Sticking Desk Drawer
Everyone seems to have this problem at one time or another. If you have a desk drawer that sticks when you try to open it, you can fix the problem by rubbing or spraying the drawer rails with lubricant oil. You should also check to make sure there is no small object stuck in the rails.
Loose Drawer Front
This problem can be solved by emptying the drawer and removing it from the cabinet. Place the drawer on a flat work surface, facing toward you, and dot the front ends with a strong woodworking glue. Attach the drawer front to the frame with a few small wood nails to hold the drawer together while the glue sets overnight.
These quick fixes can make a damaged piece of furniture look like new. But if your furniture has suffered heavier damage, there are many places to go for professional furniture repair in NYC. Expert furniture restoration can save a damaged antique, restore a one-of-a-kind piece, and save you the trouble and expense of replacing expensive furniture. Some experts also offer custom redesign, if you want a new look without buying new furniture; and moving assistance with items that are too large or heavy to move easily. A furniture professional can make even your oldest furnishings look showroom perfect.