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Essential Tips for Buying Quality Secondhand Furniture

Buying secondhand furniture can be a rewarding experience, but it’s essential to approach it with a keen eye to ensure you get quality pieces that meet your needs. Here’s our top tips for buying quality secondhand furniture.

Double Check The Basics

  • Functionality: Test drawers, doors, hinges, and any moving parts to ensure they function smoothly. Check recliners, swivels, and other mechanisms in adjustable furniture.
  • Brand and Manufacturer: If possible, research the brand or manufacturer of the furniture. Some brands are known for their durability and quality craftsmanship.
  • Measurements: Ensure the furniture fits your space appropriately. Measure doorways, hallways, and the intended location to avoid any issues with delivery and placement.

Tips for Buying Quality Secondhand Furniture

Checking Out The Item

  • Condition: Check for any signs of damage or instability in the furniture’s structure. Wiggle chairs and tables to ensure they are sturdy and don’t wobble. Examine upholstery for stains, tears, or excessive wear. If the piece has cushions, unzip and inspect them for cleanliness and condition.
  • Quality of Materials: Look for solid wood construction and avoid pieces with particleboard or veneer that may not withstand wear and tear as well. Check the quality of the fabric and padding. High-quality upholstery tends to last longer and withstand daily use.
  • Odour: Odors, especially musty or moldy smells, can be challenging to eliminate. Avoid furniture with persistent odors, as they might indicate underlying issues.
  • History of Pest Infestation: Look for any signs of pest infestation, such as tiny holes, droppings, or nests. Check joints and crevices where pests may hide.
  • Age and Wear: While a bit of wear can add character (patina) to furniture, be cautious of excessive damage or signs of neglect. Assess whether the wear is cosmetic or affects the functionality.

Tips for Buying Quality Secondhand Furniture

Making It Yours

  • Research Prices: Know the typical prices for the type of furniture you’re interested in. This helps you identify reasonable deals and prevents overpaying.
  • Be Prepared to Haggle: In the world of secondhand furniture, prices are often negotiable. Don’t hesitate to make a reasonable offer, especially if you notice any flaws.
  • Transportation: Consider how you’ll transport the furniture to your home. Some sellers may offer delivery services for an additional fee.

By paying attention to these tips for buying quality secondhand furniture, you can make informed decisions and find the perfect pieces that not only suit your style but also stands the test of time.



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Tina's been part of the Preloved family since 2014 and spends most of her time reviewing Preloved policy and speaking with external parties, such has charities, forums, and government agencies. She enjoys spending quality time with her family, pets, friends, and Netflix.