Whether its fresh from the factory or an antique piece that’s new to you, getting new furniture is a great feeling. The only problem is that new furniture doesn’t stay new forever. There are steps you can take, however, to extend the life of your furnishings. Here are a few ideas for how to make the most of your recent and future purchases.
Add Solar Film to Your Windows
The sun’s powerful UV rays spell trouble for your furniture. You can help slow the fading of wood and upholstered pieces by moving them out of direct sunlight. Adding solar films to your windows is an even more effective fix. Prestige Series films from 3M block up to 99.9 percent of the UV rays entering your home. They protect not only your furnishings, but also your skin. They can also help reduce your monthly energy bills. It’s easy to get an estimate on 3M Window Film for your home.
Remove Scratches and Stains
There are a few handy hacks that can make used furniture look new again. Here is a rundown:
- Lots of homeowners swear by Nature’s Miracle, a line of products intended to remove pet-related stains, that actually works on most messes.
- Try rubbing a walnut into scratches on wood furniture to make it look new again. If that doesn’t work, apply black shoe polish to the nicks using a foam brush, then blow it dry. That should have it looking good as new.
- For water stains on wood furniture, dab some toothpaste onto a wet washcloth and gently try rubbing out the imperfection.
- Once your wood furniture is in good shape, apply wax to keep it looking good longer.
Invest in Slip Covers
There’s nothing revolutionary about slip covers, but they still work! Adding stylish slip covers to your furniture can not only make it look new again, but it’s also a great option if you’re looking for an affordable way to embrace furniture trends. If your furniture takes lots of wear and tear from kids or pets, keep that in mind when selecting new pieces. When it comes to couches, consider going with a company like Lovesac, which offers a lifetime warranty on the couch itself as well as dozens of slip cover options.
Repaint with Patience
Adding a coat of paint to old furniture – even the cheap stuff – can do wonders … if it’s done right. Be sure to strip off the old paint, sand down the furniture and give the new paint plenty of time to dry. If possible, disassemble old furniture and repaint the individual pieces. When you put them back together, you’ll have a brand new item.
Go the Extra Mile
There’s nothing wrong with buying inexpensive furniture, particularly if you’re interested in staying on trend. There are a few things to do to ensure that your cheap stuff lasts longer.
- While assembling your new furniture, add a few dabs of wood glue in the spots where edges meet in addition to using the provided screws.
- Consider purchasing longer screws to use in place of the ones provided with the assembly kit. They’ll only cost a few dollars but they could save you money in the long run.
- Add steel braces in discreet spots to help fortify flimsy items.
- If all else fails, dissemble and try resembling old pieces. This is a surefire way to determine if they’re salvageable or beyond repair.