You’re getting your first home – congratulations! You’re probably giddy with excitement and making all sorts of plans. You’re already thinking of what color you’ll paint the rooms and the kind of carpet you want. But what about the furniture? If you haven’t checked recently, nice new furniture is pricey. You could just buy a few nice pieces, but it’s depressing to walk into a house that’s so empty of furniture that your footsteps echo! On the other hand, you could just go with your old furniture, but nothing puts the spotlight on shabby old furniture like spacious new surroundings.
Have you ever considered having your old pieces redesigned or reupholstered? It doesn’t matter if they aren’t in good condition. A furniture professional is a wizard when it comes to repair; couch disasters that you would have sworn were terminal are things he sees every day. A furniture professional can transform your old or damaged pieces, often for much less money than it would cost you to replace them new. You also have the freedom to choose the exact color, material and design that you want, rather than having to choose from an arbitrary, and often limited, collection at the furniture store. The furniture pro can do more than refinish and reupholster; he can add or remove chair arms, alter the shape of seats and cushions, or make a table larger or smaller.
But if you’re really over your old furniture, and don’t want to use it, you can still save money on your new décor. A furniture pro can take that fabulous thrift store or yard sale score and restore it to such glory that no one would ever guess it didn’t come straight from a high-end antique store. Did you pay $20 for that Arts and Crafts sofa? That’s your little secret — more money for the matching rug and lamps!
A furniture professional can also help you with the most problematic aspect of furnishing your new home – getting the big, heavy pieces from Point A to Point B. If you have a Murphy bed, a wall unit, an antique oak bookcase, a desk that’s too big to fit through the door – no problem. The furniture pro knows how to safely take that big piece apart so that it can easily be moved through the smallest door or the narrowest stairway. Once it’s arrived at your new home, he just puts it back together again. No stress, no measuring, no frantic calls to your friends, and no strained back!