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Today’s Top Trend for Used Furniture Buyers?

Sleeper Couch

There’s an art to following furniture trends – and another one entirely to following used furniture trends. The savviest used furniture buyers know how to spot that sweet spot where gently used pieces are coming back into circulation but are still very much in style.

So, what’s one piece of furniture that makes that list right now?

Sleeper Sofa

Thanks to a recent upsurge in designer attention, sleeper couches provide a great blend of functionality, comfort, and style. Once a staple of drab, suburban living rooms, these are now more elegant than ever.

The strength of a sleeper couch is its versatility. As the name suggests, it supplies a space for sprawling out comfortably without taking up all the space of a bed or contributing the slightly less fashionable statement a futon makes.

Because these pieces are focused on surface space, they’re often more open and minimally constructed than standard couches, often using only one narrow cushion.

Today, used furniture buyers can often find a larger-than-ever array of sleeper couches featuring chic colors and construction.

Chic Sleeper Sofa

Photo Credits (from top): CB2, CB2, and CB2

The Most Essential Tip for Renovating Wooden Furniture

Finished Wooden Table

If you’re looking to get into furniture restoration as a hobbyist or general DIY-er, the process can probably seem intimidating if you don’t have any carpentry experience. But sometimes the quickest touch-ups can be the most useful – which is the case with this week’s #renewit tip!

Un-finishing and Refinishing Wooden Furniture

Unfinished Wooden Furniture

Oftentimes old, salvaged, or thrifted furniture can be structurally sound but just in need of some cosmetic fixes. If you’ve got some wooden furniture for renovating, a quick trip to the hardware store, a little effort, and some patience could be all it takes.

Start by taking the piece outdoors (preferably somewhere covered) and using a wood stripper (which you can find in any hardware store), being sure to wear rubber gloves and keep from inhaling any of it.

With a putty knife or similar tool (if you’ve got one around already), scratch off the old finish until you get down to the duller, porous natural wood beneath – and then wait for it to dry.

Refinish Wooden Furniture

Once it’s dry, use a fine, high-grain sandpaper to smooth it out and prepare the surface for refinishing. From there, the rest is up to you: whether you want a simple protective finish, a rich stain, shellac, or other finish, the final look is totally up to you. Just like that, you’ve mastered one of the most useful, simple skills for renovating wooden furniture!

Photo Credits (from top): Milch House, DecorAdventures, and Yellowpages

Using Wood When Designing Interior Spaces

People have been using wood in interior design for practically as long as there have been interiors to design. Fortunately, today, we know a bit more about the aesthetics, composition, and physical properties of wood than our ancestors.

It’s helpful to think of wood as a decorative element. Different kinds have their own unique “prints” and textures when applied to shelves, furniture, or other pieces.

Whichever kind you use, the way it’s used also makes a huge difference. Wood can help lend a lush, organic feel to a room, or the straight lines of its grains is a great way to give your space a modern touch.

Either way, wood helps any space feel warm, welcoming, and inviting. If you want to take it another step further, you can also contrast the material’s color and pattern with stylish patterns or stunning finishes. Wood is versatile and malleable, but it’s also solid and holds its own when presented in a room.

Though it might seem like this natural element that’s been around for centuries is the polar opposite of modernity, a touch of wood in an interior space gives it elegance and sophistication, suggesting a level of craftsmanship that went behind each and every piece.

Using wood when designing an interior should be a very intentional process, keeping specific contrasts and color combinations in mind to make the space look thoughtfully designed yet also simple.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)
Photo Credits: Architecture & Interior Design

An Inside Look at Furniture Restoration

Restored TV Stand
When you’re restoring furniture for decoration, you have to be able to look past the pieces themselves. You have to consider what furniture to use for a room specifically, and forget your own individual opinions and ideals for aesthetics of room design to think about the bigger picture that piece is going to fit into.

It all boils down to the unique characteristics of the thing you’re working with, keeping in mind its limitations and possibilities. You’ve also got to keep functionality in mind – you don’t want to rework something so heavily that it loses integrity just so you can force it to be something it shouldn’t be. The above redesigned modern TV stand, for instance, kept all its functionality while still reaching a fresh, contemporary look.

Restored Dresser

For this one we thought carefully about the color and texture. We wanted something clean and fresh, so we went with a stark black/white contrast. With the color scheme in place, we played with the texture, using a glossy matte finish.

Remember that you usually don’t want a look to be too one-dimensional or stark. You want to preserve the original value of what you’re restoring while updating it to fit a more desirable trend while also increasing the overall beauty of it. It’s a give and take, updating furniture while also staying true to its originality.

Writing Credits: Juan Martinez (Interior Designer)

Three Tips For Finding The Right Furniture Restoration Professional

restoration

Restoring aged furnіturе to іtѕ fоrmеr glory days соuld be аn expensive process, but it’s also the bеѕt wау tо kеер іtѕ vаluе іntасt. If you’ve owned a furnіturе piece for gеnеrаtіоnѕ, уоu may even think of it аѕ a family member. Below are three useful tips that will assist you when hiring a furniture restoration professional.

Have A Budget In Mind
Be sure to have a budget in mind when speaking with a professional. Remember, full furniture restoration has grеаtеr risks and expenses can quickly add up.

Ask the Right Questions
To determine a professional’s experience, find out how long they have been in the industry. Do they have experience in working with similar projects? Are they receptive to feedback from their customers?

Request Professional References
When choosing a restoration professional, ask if they have references you can contact. By doing so, you can verify that the restoration professional actually possesses the expertise you are looking for.