Tips For Buying Antique Dining Chairs
Your dining room is a place to entertain family and friends. You can completely transform the space by swapping out your modern dining room set for an antique one. But, antique dining chairs are not always easy to find. Most antique chairs lack the strength to be used daily and others are in need of extensive restoration before they can be used. If you are thinking of creating an elegant dining room using antique furniture, follow these useful tips.
The biggest challenge will be finding a complete set of chairs, which may not be possible at all. However, even if you cannot find six of the same antique chairs, remember that some chairs (as long as they are from the same era) can mix and match just fine. While you are shopping, remember to:
- Pick Your Style And/Or Era – If you already have an antique dining table, pick antique dining chairs that match that style or period. If you do not have a table already, you will need to decide what style you want. From oak to fold down to mahogany, there are lots of styles, finishes, and periods to look at. You can narrow your search by picking out which style suits your dining space.
- Consider The Quality – While antique chairs can often be restored, you still want quality pieces of furniture. Look at the upholstery and see if there are signs of tears, wear or unraveling. This can be easily fixed by a professional. Next, look at the quality of the craftsmanship. A true antique chair will be handcrafted; no two chairs in the set should be exactly the same. A few minor tool marks are expected, but you should not see any cracks, nails or staples on the surface of the wood.
- Shop Around – The prices for antique dining chairs can vary, so do shop around. Compare the prices of each shop for similar antique chairs (make sure that they are from the same period and style when comparing prices) to get the best deal.
- Consider Restoration – As long as the quality of the chair is solid, the finish and upholstery can be restored by a professional. Do not overlook a set of antique dining chairs because their finishes are worn or their upholstery has unraveled.
Carrocel furniture store located in Castlefield, Toronto has a large variety of restored antique dining chairs in stock, but we can also assist you with restoring antique chairs you have purchased elsewhere. Our experts work to preserve the style and period of the furniture, so that you capture the elegance and beauty of these timeless pieces.
Replace or complete your dining room with antique dining chairs from Carrocel furniture store. Visit or call us today at 416-999-2525.