One day you’re sitting on the couch, when suddenly one of the legs gives out. You hear a crack in the wood, and you’re now left sliding towards the right (much closer to the ground than before).
A few things are going through your head:
- Why did I keep my grandfather’s old sofa for this long?
- I should have bought that IKEA one, it was on sale!
- Does this mean I’ve been a couch potato who spends too much time watching Netflix? It does, doesn’t it?
While these thoughts are only natural, it’s important to know they’re not true!
- You kept this sofa for so long because of three reasons. It had sentimental value, was well made, and you thought it was neat!
- Sure that IKEA sofa was on sale, but let’s think about why. It probably wasn’t meant to last. No hate towards IKEA, we all love a good bargain (and those Swedish meatballs).
- Were you a couch potato? No. Well maybe yes? But probably not. Everyone needs to decompress somehow, and watching tv for fun is harmless! Don’t beat yourself up about that part.
Now that we’ve taken care of that, it’s time to talk about solutions. Sure you can throw a broken piece of furniture away, put it outside by the curb, or even burn it (just kidding, don’t do that). But wouldn’t you like to preserve it instead? Of course you would! Read on.
Though not everything is salvageable (as mentioned in our previous blog post), you might be surprised as to what is! Broken legs seem like an obvious repair, but what about sinking cushions? Loose springs? An entire chair’s arm that your dog chewed off? All fixable! So why would you choose to repair when buying new is such an attractive option (not to mention so cheap)? Because old furniture is worth preserving! The wood alone is almost priceless, but it’s the craftsmanship that can’t be beat (unless we’re the ones crafting it).
Our friends at Chairma know just how beneficial furniture repairs can be.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of furniture breakage:
- Sometimes we just get the most out of our favorite pieces. You would be surprised to see what decades of sitting can do to a chair’s internal structure.
- As if moving isn’t stressful enough! You do your research, you find someone with 5 stars on Google, and even then it’s not enough (sometimes). Large scratches on your favorite dresser? Devastating.
- Pet damage
- We’ve all been there. Cat’s have claws and claws are meant to be used! It would be nice if they didn’t use our couches as scratching posts though.
- Dogs are truly man’s best friend. But sometimes they’re a little too friendly. A large excitable dog can wreak havoc on our furniture, and those poor springs can end up paying the price.
Now that we’ve covered just a few of the common causes, let’s address them! First, we’ll start with pet damage. Usually these flaws look worse than they actually are, so remember not to panic. More often than not scratches are superficial, and won’t penetrate the internal “bones” of a piece of furniture. These kinds of damages are definitely not pretty to look at, but it’s important to note how easy they are to fix. Throw on some fresh fabric (maybe a little bit of stuffing) and your couch is back better than ever.
Moving on to moving! As much as we try, it’s hard to be delicate with every single box, mattress, and coffee table when your stress levels are through the roof (going up and down stairs with heavy objects doesn’t help). Dents and dings are almost inevitable, but don’t let that keep you down! Just because you may have added a hole where there wasn’t one before, doesn’t mean all is lost. Furniture repairs can be surprisingly affordable and accessible (we’re big fans of free quotes, so there’s no harm in just getting an estimate).
Then we have time. Though certainly the most inevitable of all three, it’s also the most satisfying! Age signifies consistent use and wear. A dining set that’s been passed down from generation to generation is bound to show signs of distress, but those “flaws” act as reminders. Each knick can be traced back to a memory and tell a story of another time. In fact, most of these “blemishes” add character to a piece and don’t need to be fixed (though when a table leg gives out, it’s time to give us a call).
Let’s take a look at some great before and after’s!
And there you have it folks! We’ve covered (just a few) of the reasons furniture needs repairing. Should you ever find yourself needing furniture repairs in Houston (or elsewhere tbh), never hesitate to drop us a line.