If you're looking to furnish your house or apartment on a budget, going
with used furniture can save you plenty of money. When shopping at a
furniture store in the Bay Area, however, you'll find that pieces vary greatly in
style. If you find a piece that has the overall style you're looking
for, but is missing that unique touch, consider the following tips for
Split and Transform
If, for example, you find a great hutch that doesn't quite match the
current style of your home, there are a few steps you can take to update
its look. Painting the hutch would be one option, but you could actually
get multiple uses from it by splitting it in two. Separate the top half,
paint it, attach a board to the bottom, and hang the piece in your laundry
room or garage for shelf space. Meanwhile, the bottom cabinet of the hutch
could be painted to match your living room and used as a stand for your
television and DVD player.
Reinvent and Reupholster
When browsing used furniture stores, you might find a set of chairs with
great frames, but
you do not like. To revitalize the chairs, find a patterned fabric that's
reflective of your living quarters. With the old fabric off, paint or
coat the frames, apply a fitted-layer of foam to the seats and backs with
adhesive, and then apply Dacron over the foam layers to soften the surfaces.
For the finishing touches, cut pieces of the new fabric and staple them
to the frame along the edges of the foam. With a hot glue gun, apply decorative
ribbon over the ends of the fabric to cover the staples.
Are you ready to begin your search for high-quality used furniture? In
the Bay Area,
Home Consignment Center is one of the leading used furniture stores. To learn more about our consignment
furniture pieces, call us at (888) 854-4554.