Right, you’ve trawled pinterest and instagram for inspiration, read all of the repurposing blogs and watched endless videos of upcycling projects on youtube – time to shop…..
Here are a few (slightly contradictory) guidelines:
Measure the height, width and depth of the intended space carefully. Be aware od any additional space needed should you be purchasing items with doors and drawers – you need to be able to open these easily. Make note of any access restrictions – will it physically fit? Measure everything twice and make notes. Taking photographs is also helpful. Dont forget to take your tape measure with you on your shopping trip.
Have a clear idea of the item that you are looking for. What is its intended purpose? Does it need to be of a certain style to best suit your property? Flick through magazines and social media platforms for inspiration.
BUT ALSO BE PREPARED TO FORGET THE PLAN
Although we recommend the above, sometimes you will come across a piece of furniture which isn’t what you were looking for and simply fall in love with it. In this case, the plan goes out of the window and you may need to re-jig existing room layouts in order to have it in your life.
TAKE YOUR TIME
OK, so you’re excited that you have finally found something perfect but, don’t rush. An initial glance may just reveal some superficial scuffs or scratches which are easily rectified (or simply add to the charm!) but do take time to onspect carefully. Check all joints for strength, remove any drawers, look inside, underneath and behind for any signs of previous repairs or potential future ones.
BUT ALSO BE PREPARED TO ACT QUICKLY
The beauty of reclaimed furniture is finding something truly unique, a ‘one off’. If you find this, sometimes you simply have to snap it up to secure it being yours. Most reclamation yards will happily store items until you are ready to take delivery.