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How to Appraise Antique Furniture

The word furniture derives from the French word fourniture, which means “equipment”. The term comes from the Latin adjective mobilis, meaning “movable,” suggesting that furniture is not purely stationary. In continental usage, however, the term “furniture” is more accurate. In order to be considered furniture, it must be movable, and its permanence is presupposed by the fact that it is used for residential purposes. Its use in residential settings varies greatly, depending on the style, materials, and value of the item.

Materials

Sustainable materials are becoming increasingly popular as furniture makers look to reduce their carbon footprint and make more eco-friendly products. This is particularly important as the middle class in urban areas is increasingly concerned about resource conservation. A growing number of people have become eco-conscious and have started looking for furniture that is both high-quality and made as efficiently as possible. As a result, wood is emerging as a more advanced eco-material, and digital design and manufacturing is making it even easier to produce greener items.

Construction techniques

In this article, I’m going to discuss some of the construction techniques that have been used in furniture for centuries. In general, a piece of furniture is made from all wood, or composite wood. This can include hardwoods or softwoods, depending on the material and style. Popular hardwoods and softwoods include oak, walnut, mahogany, and redwood. Composite forms often feature wood veneers to give them a more luxurious look.

Styles

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, styles of furniture changed drastically. The Queen Anne’s court style, popular in England, lasted until the Revolution. The young colonists translated the styles of their English friends to create furniture of their own. The New England form of furniture is attenuated, while the Philadelphia chair rail is more commonly mortised through the back leg. Footstyles in both New England and New York were varied, but popular choices included claw and ball feet and pad feet.

Value

To increase the value of your furniture, you should know how to appraise it. Furniture usually has a life span of five years. However, it depreciates at a rate of 20 percent per year, so you will have to subtract 20 percent from the original purchase price each year. You can hire a professional to appraise antique furniture if you are not sure how to do it yourself. For more information about assessing antique furniture’s value, read on.

Care

There are some basic steps you should take for proper care of your furniture. First, dust the surface with a soft cloth regularly. You can also use a damp cloth occasionally to clean hard-to-reach areas. Next, use a cleaning product made specifically for synthetic materials and rinse with a soft cloth to prevent stains. Do not use harsh cleaning products, as they may cause pitting. Also, do not apply water directly on a piece of furniture, and never use abrasive cleaning agents.

Cost

If you’re on the hunt for new furniture, there are many factors to consider. The quality of the material is directly related to the cost of the item. If you’re buying a piece of furniture made from reclaimed/recycled wood, for example, you should expect to pay more for the product. The cost of this wood also varies greatly depending on the type of timber used. The more expensive the wood is, the greater the price of the furniture.