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Do You Need A Pro To Handle A Furniture Repair Project?

Dealing with furniture repair needs yourself is a great way to save some money and make good use of your time. You may be looking at a piece of furniture and wondering whether you can tackle the job yourself, though. Follow these pointers to figure out whether your furniture repair job is a DIY opportunity or something that demands the attention of a professional.

DIY: Small Scratches, Chips and Dents in Wood

Some of the simplest DIY jobs are ones that call for fixing tiny scratches, chips and dents. In most instances, a little bit of cleaning, stripping, sanding and finishing is all that's needed. Even complex cases tend to just call for using wood filler to smooth out large gaps and then sanding and refinishing.

It's not a bad idea to learn the basic skills by working on something you don't value. For example, you can purchase a few beat-up wooden items cheaply from a local resale shop. When looking at wooden furniture, keep an eye out for faux products that have laminates on top to create the appearance of wood. These can be much harder to refinish because the wood laminate surface is often very thin.

Go to a Pro: Heirlooms

When you're trying to fix something you care deeply about, leaving it to the pro is the best option unless you're insanely confident in your skills. No one wants to mess up the chest that has been passed down from their great-grandmother.

This is especially the case if you're dealing with antiques. Repairing antiques without destroying their value is a tricky business. You may even want to contact an antique dealer to ask what level of restoration is a good idea versus just leaving well enough alone. Call your local furniture repair specialist for more information. 

Possible DIY: Bracing Up Unstable Furniture

As furnishings age, they often develop instabilities. The screws and nails that hold legs in place can loosen up and make them wobbly — for example. In many cases, the solution is as simple as removing those nails and screws and replacing them. This may require injecting some filler into the hole, as it's often the case that surrounding wood has splintered. Once everything has dried, you can put in new screws or nails.

In cases of extreme instability, a furniture repair effort may call for using steel brackets. If you're faced with this problem, try to identify where the brackets can be hidden, such as inside the frame.