In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have to work too hard, the children never cry and your first house comes perfectly furnished in the best of quality.
We don’t live in an ideal world though…we only live in a realistic one. In this world unfortunately, we have to work hard to keep a roof over our heads, the children definitely cry (and that too for unbearable reasons), and we can never afford to buy the best quality furniture for our first house. We make do though; and manage with second hand furniture. Here are a few tips that may come in useful to you, when buying second hand furniture.
Buy your furniture personally.
No doubt, online purchasing has taken over the world. While this works for most things, second hotel furniture Sydney is best purchased after you’ve personally seen it. The naked eye picks up more flows than the eye of a camera; so don’t take the chance. Unless the online store has a return policy, and you can return the furniture if you’re not satisfied with it, try to avoid online purchasing of second hand furniture all together.
Keep your eyes and ears open.
When you’re looking for used furniture, and even when you’re not, it’s best to keep your eyes and ears open for news about them. Most hotels tend to sell used hotel furniture in bulk, and advertise about it in papers.
Hotel furniture can be very useful, as hotel owners generally look for furniture that can last a while. Avoid buying things like mattresses though, as they can be filled with germs. Online blogs and social media groups are a good way to stay in touch with people who are interested in used furniture.
Consider if the furniture you buy can be “prettied-up”.
90% of the time, the used furniture you buy need a little love before you can use it. Inspect the furniture you intend to buy and see if a repainting it can be difficult. Also consider if the “prettying-up” can be done yourself, or if you might have to use professional help. If the furniture will definitely need professional help, then reconsider buying it, as it can be very expensive. Sometimes the restorations cost way more than buying new furniture!
Go armed with measurements.
As most second hand furniture shops and sales don’t come with return policies, it’s best knowing exactly what you need and where you’re going to put it. Measure the space available for the particular furniture you need and also measure the doorway to make sure that the furniture you buy will fit in though them. This also includes the front door. Always carry a measuring tape with you when you go furniture shopping, as the shop owners may not have it on them. It’s always better safe than sorry…! Know exactly what you need, have fun and take your time when buying used furniture…there’s no point stressing out!