The Convenience of Ready to Assemble Furniture

Many new homeowners and apartment dwellers come across the problem of needing furniture but can’t afford anything without skipping out on their mortgage payments. While that’s not a recommended route, there are other options you can consider before resorting to cardboard boxes and bean bags.

My suggestion is to start looking at the many possibilities that ready to assemble (RTA) furniture has to offer. Affordable and easy to assemble, hence the name, RTA furniture features a wide variety of styles and offers the financial flexibility that most homeowners wouldn’t be able to find with traditional or high end furniture.

Some consumers believe that since RTA furniture is affordable it must mean that the quality is of a lower standard. Not necessarily, if you consider the fact that breaking a high end dining table in half takes the same amount of effort for breaking an RTA dining table the same way. Assuming you wouldn’t go out of the way to do that, RTA furniture is indeed quite durable. Especially popular with the do-it-yourself crowd, assembling these pieces of furniture can be fun and oftentimes easy. Some pieces don’t require hardware, but for the latter hardware and tools are usually included. However there are some cases where you’ll be missing a screw or bolt here and there, in which case a quick call or stop to your local hardware store is in order.

Another great benefit from purchasing RTA furniture is that it’s easy to transport, reassemble and disassemble when needed. Because it’s ready to assemble whenever you’re ready, all your furniture pieces can be laid down flat, compared to lugging around larger pieces of furniture around in a truck or moving van where it can get easily damaged. Which brings up another good point: if you intend to order RTA furniture online, you won’t have to worry too much about any shipping damages because your furniture will be shipped to you knocked down in a flat case.

A Whole New Look With Furniture Knobs and Pulls

Refinishing furniture is a great way to get a brand new look out of an old piece of furniture. Many times, you will run across an end table or a dresser that you know has the potential to be a wonderful addition to a room, but has been ravaged by time and neglect. Whether you find that piece at a yard sale or an antiques mall, you do not have to leave it there because it looks like it is in bad shape! Snap it up and bring it home and give it a makeover to turn it into a great new addition to your home.

There are many ways to refinish furniture, all of which you can do yourself, depending on your level of expertise. A beginner likely will not be able to handle reupholstering an entire couch, but one easy do it yourself project that anyone can do involves swapping out furniture hardware. Updating the hardware on a piece of furniture, like a bureau or armoire, can really give the piece a whole new look and a whole new life.

Furniture knobs and pulls can be found in a wide variety of styles, shapes, colors, finishes, and designs, so the possibilities are really endless. Changing plain and boring brass drawer pulls out for some new, sleek, stylish oil rubbed bronze pieces will make the whole thing look updated. Combine that with a new coat of paint or stain and you have a brand new piece of furniture on your hands.

What’s more, not only can you give that piece new life with brand new hardware, you can give it new life with OLD hardware, too. For example, if you’ve picked up a gorgeous antique dressing table at the local thrift store, but it is missing some of its door or drawer hardware, you can go hunting for antique hardware that will match it, so you get a new, polished look and it remains authentic and accurate.

One important thing to remember, however, is that you need to change ALL of the hardware when you tackle this sort of project, particularly when you’re working with furniture cabinetry. Make sure that you also swap out the hinges if the cabinet has a door, because if you don’t, your piece will not look so much “refinished” as it does “unfinished.”