There are just so many kinds of antiques as well as antique furniture and collectibles that you can find which at the same time is a very popular choice. Antique furniture have a distinctive category in a way that no one gets the same design repeatedly. Meaning to say, you would not want to buy and collect chests and tables and then fill up your house with the same item. For sure however, you have that specific requirement on what wood or style the piece should have.
Regardless of what your preferences are, if you are planning to buy antique furniture, then you should make yourself aware of the basics. To give you an example, you have to inform yourself of the different ways that such furniture is constructed, what are the varieties of wood used, finishes and so on. With this information and knowledge you have in mind, it will play a critical role in figuring out if the piece you’re looking at is altered meaning, it has given additions or major alterations or if it is still in its original state or in other words, it is what it is since the time it was bought by the first buyer.
Now after understanding the basics, the next thing you should do is to go to various furniture dealers as well as auction sites. Make it a point that you get down to your knees to check the tabletop’s underside, lift chairs to see its legs, pull out drawers and the likes; in short, do a thorough inspection. In getting the best deal for your hard earned money, the only way you can learn is to get down and dirty. In the start, the furniture piece was made by using solid wood but through constant development in techniques for cabinetry making, it has opened up new method of creating decorations such as applying veneers or also known as thin sheets of wood.
As a matter of fact, this provided an inexpensive method to attain decorative effects from different patterns and grains. Apart from the fact that this technique is economical, it made inexpensive looking wood look like an expensive hard wood. This type of furniture had a solid body referred to as carcass that’s made of different less expensive wood similar to pine. Chestnut, cherry, ebony, beech, mahogany, elm, pine oak, walnut, satinwood and the likes are the types of woods that are used in the creation of antique furniture.
As a matter of fact, there are certain points that you have to be mindful about in checking the price or worth, quality, age and authenticity of antique furniture. These basically include color and patina, proportion, construction of the antique furniture, it’s current condition after years of used and lastly, if there are any alterations made to it. Keep in mind that an antique item that has major modifications or alterations make it less appealing.