What is Vintage Furniture?

January 30, 2014
What is Vintage Furniture?

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Vintage furniture is between twenty and one hundred years old and is easily recognisable as belonging to a particular period within that time. Once you know what you’re looking for, spotting it is easier than it sounds!

Why Go Vintage?

Vintage furniture is very popular due to the fact that it tends to be more affordable than antique or retro furniture. The Vintage style is perfect for mixing and matching and knitting together seemingly disparate furniture pieces and achieving an individual and creative look.

If you’re trying to inject some personality into your rooms, and showcase a quirky and individual style, Vintage pieces are a great furniture choice. It’s not hard to find Vintage furniture and it’s quite possible to find pieces that have been in storage or have hardly used and are in excellent condition.

Buying used vintage furniture is also a great way of reducing the carbon footprint of your renovation without the expense and required maintenance of antique furniture.

What Makes it Vintage?

Vintage furniture isn’t just ‘old’ furniture- it’s actually representative as being from a specific style or era. Mid-Century Modern is a popular and commonly seen example, being the ‘best’ from the mid-Century era. There is great variety to choose which will suit all budgets from high-end Danish or Scandinavian designs to local pieces that you find in special second hand stores. There is a lot of Australian made Vintage furniture available- it’s very easy to find a table, a coffee table, a couch or sofa in great condition for a reasonable price. Shop around and you’ll find great Vintage finishing touches to finish the décor in your home - a mirror, lamp or great clock will really tie your look together.

What Does it Cost?

Do you research before you go- there are some big designers and styles which will push up the price. Bentwood or molded ply is very popular and may be more expensive, but is also a great buy because it makes for hardy and long lasting frames for chairs, tables and coffee tables.

If you’re planning to re-upholster a sofa or buying bed linen, look for bold, coloured patterns, and clean designs in keeping with the style.

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