Stop! Don't Ditch Your Used Furniture Until You Try These 3 Things First

Stop! Don't Ditch Your Used Furniture Until You Try These 3 Things First

Jennifer Hunter
Jul 15, 2015

Think you're ready to say goodbye to your used furniture? Not so fast! Don't resort to Craigslist or the curb before you give these ideas a go. A few simple tweaks could change your entire outlook and help you stay happily in love with your old piece.

Address your upholstery

If you're facing stains on the sofa or just plain hate the color/pattern/texture of your fabric, you have plenty of options. First things first, invest a few bucks in a good steam clean and see how far that small change can go toward a fresh start. Not enough? Don't discount a slipcover (really, they've come a long way!). Covering up what you hate with something cute can help you live with what you have a while longer. If you really love the shape and quality of your upholstered piece but just can't get past the details, think about reupholstery. It's probably more cost effective than replacing your item and will net you a custom piece that's exactly what you want.

Pull a color change

So what if your piece is upholstery free? Your life just got even easier. If you're lucky enough to have solid wood then rejoice! You have a high quality piece that's probably worth saving. Simply sanding and staining can dramatically change the look and feel of your item. Otherwise, a coat of paint is a small investment (in both time and cost) and could pay off in a piece you love and want to keep around for years. It's worth a shot.

Deal with the small details

Maybe the shape and color is on point but there are just a few other, smaller things that bug you about your item. Guess what? You can change that! Think about switching out the legs with replacements that are more your style or try cosmetic changes like adding (or subtracting) molding and replacing dated knobs. On a simple piece, those little things can really add personality so make sure it's YOUR personality.

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