If you are the lucky recipient of a family heirloom – your grandmother’s sideboard, a 19th-century chifferobe, or a hope chest that belonged to a distant ancestor – congratulations! It’s a wonderful feeling to have a piece of your family history in your own home. It’s a meaningful gift from one generation to another and will be a warm reminder of your loved ones.
But a piece of antique furniture also presents unique challenges. It may be beautiful, but most likely it has acquired some wear: patches of missing paint or varnish from years of use; missing or replaced knobs or finials; or even outright damage. And if you watch antique shows on TV, you know that restoration can be tricky. Sometimes your antique piece may need a special kind of repair. After all, it was made a long time ago, and is probably more fragile than a new piece. If you don’t have the special skills to make a damaged antique whole again (and who does?) you’ll want to consult furniture and upholstery repair professionals in NYC.
A furniture professional can perform expert fabric cleaning to restore musty or soiled upholstery to its original glory. He can also repair or replace broken or missing chair arms. This furniture pro can even redesign the antique for a more modern, updated look that will fit seamlessly into your own home décor. Even if your grandmother gave you a hideous antique chair, the furniture pro can give it a design and upholstery makeover that will take it from frightful to fab. You can even have him strip and refinish faded wood (but consult an antiques expert before having this done. Sometimes an antique can lose its value when it loses its original patina).
A furniture professional can help you move your grandparents’ furniture, even if you live in a small apartment on the 10th floor. True professionals have the expertise to disassemble and reassemble even large and heavy antique pieces. This saves you the hassle and expense of hiring a crew of strong backs to transport that antique bookcase or dining room table. It’s easier to move separate pieces than it is to lug a sofa up a long flight of stairs! If your grandparents’ piece needs restoration or repair, the furniture pro can disassemble it, take it to the shop for repair, deliver the repaired pieces to your home, and then reassemble them wherever you direct.
NYC is home to some of the most skilled furniture professionals in the country. They do everything from chair redesign to sofa bed repair. If you have a piece of heirloom family furniture that needs a little TLC, take it to a furniture professional. Whether your old piece of furniture needs a simple repair, a thorough cleaning, or a complete redesign, a furniture professional can breathe new life into an old piece. A furniture pro will help you turn an outdated object into a modern work of art that still retains its ties to your family’s past.