5 Reasons to Repair Your Old Furniture

Last updated on February 19, 2020

There are a number of DIY projects you can do with your existing furniture. If you’re a creative individual and you have experience woodworking, it is easy to make your existing furniture look new again

But some people might wonder why they should repair their old furniture. After all, it would be easier to go to the store and buy some new furniture, right? And then they would have more time to complete other DIY home projects. 

It’s true that buying new furniture might save you time, but there are a number of benefits to repairing your existing furniture. If you’re on the fence about whether you want to attempt a DIY furniture project or buy new furniture, here are some of the reasons why you should consider repairing your existing furniture. 

What's Inside?

It’s better for the environment

old pine chest

Most furniture that appears in retail stores has been all over the world. Trees usually get shipped overseas to another country where a factory produces the furniture, and then the furniture gets shipped back overseas to retail stores. And then, after it is in stores and you buy it, it gets shipped to your house! That’s a lot of fossil fuels being used. Repairing your own furniture can cut down on the fossil fuels that would have been used to ship the furniture to you. Plus, repairing your old furniture prevents it from being dumped into a landfill. 

You can make it look however you’d like

vintage furniture

When you buy new furniture, you’re often limited to whatever styles that are currently available in the store or online. Sometimes it can be hard to find furniture that matches your existing decor or that meets your expectations. But if you do it yourself, you can make it look however you would like! For example, if your couch is still in good condition but needs new upholstery because the existing fabric is badly stained, you can choose a new fabric to put on it from a fabric store. The fabric you choose can match the current colors of your living room. 

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It will save you money

refurbished sofa
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If you can figure out how to repair your existing furniture, it could save you thousands. High-quality furniture from a store is costly, plus you have to pay for shipping fees. If you repair your own furniture, all you need to do is pay for whatever materials you need. 

For example, say you want to replace your solid wood dining room table because there are a number of deep scratches in it from years of use. It would be cheaper to do it yourself by buying a wood filler crayon and some stain than it would be to buy a brand new dining room set. 

Depending on what you need done, it can also sometimes be cheaper to invest in a professional carpentry service than to buy new furniture. Professional carpenters have experience working with a number of woodworking projects and should be able to easily repair most furniture.

You’ll gain new skills

Repairing your own furniture is a very hands-on experience that will allow you to gain new skills. If you’ve never used furniture stain before, you’ll learn! The best part is that the more you do it, the better you’ll get. Even if your first few projects look a little rough, you’ll still have pride in knowing that you repaired your own furniture. 

Furniture repair can also be a great bonding experience to do as a family. Everyone in your family can figure out how to use new tools together! Most of the skills you learn repairing furniture can also be applied to a number of other DIY projects. 

It’ll last longer

antique furniture

Some furniture that you buy from a retail store is badly made and falls apart quickly, especially if you were shopping on a budget. If you repair your existing furniture, you can decide on what materials you want to use. If you repair your furniture with high-quality materials such as real lumber, it’ll last longer. 

Plus, after you repaired it once, you’ll know what to do if it needs to be fixed again later! You’ll be able to remember what materials you used and where you bought them, plus the steps you need to take.

Final Thoughts

You don’t need to be a master carpenter to repair your own furniture, you just need to have a desire to learn! Next time you’re considering new furniture, look at your existing furniture and think about what needs to be fixed. If it seems like a reasonable project, try repairing it on your own.

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