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No matter how much money you spend on a piece of furniture or how careful you are with it, chances are it’s going to get damaged at some point in time.
That’s not to say damage is unavoidable, but unless you’re going to keep the furniture in its bubble wrap and therefore not enjoy it, accidents happen and as such, a table can become chipped, a chair leg cracked or a sideboard drawer broken.
When things like this do happen, we can instantly feel slightly upset about it all. Yes, it might just be a piece of furniture – an inanimate object – but if you loved it, it can be disappointing when it becomes damaged and potentially unusable.
To get around this feeling, we have two options – repair the piece of furniture or go out and buy a replacement piece.
But which should you choose? They both have their benefits, but is one the better option for you?
Firstly, you need to assess the extent of the damage, as it could be the case that repair simply isn’t feasible, either financially or in terms of time. It might be possible – almost any repair is possible – but if it’s going to cost you considerably more than it would to buy a new piece or take hours upon hours of your time for weeks on end, chances are replacing it is going to be the best option.
If the item is repairable, however, you then need to look at costs. If it’s a minor repair – let’s say a spindle in a chair needed replacing or a table needed sanding and varnishing – you might be able to carry it out yourself and as such, the only cost would be the materials.
But if it’s a much larger repair, you’ll need to contact a specialist and ask not only for their advice, but their expected cost for the repair. Whether you think it’s a suitable fee or not is down to you as an individual, but we would advise you consider the aspect above, as there has to come a point where the cost is simply too high and a replacement is the better choice.
What we would say is if you are going down the repair route but discount it as soon as you hear a price, consider the value of the furniture other than its financial one.
For instance, if it’s been in your family for many years, although the repair bill might be more than the item’s worth money-wise, could it ensure it’s able to be kept within the family for many more years?
At the end of the day, choosing whether to repair a piece of damaged furniture or replace it is a decision you have to make as an individual. We – or anyone – can provide advice and recommendations on what to do, but no one can make that final decision for you and all we can say is think about it long and hard.
It might just be wood that’s been crafted into a usable item on the highest of levels, but it could also be a piece of furniture that you couldn’t live without – or conversely, would be happy to see the back of – and because of this, you need to consider all of your options before you make any final decision.