Moving Vintage Furniture — What NOT to do!!

So you’ve just got a belter of a deal on a vintage sofa and you want to take it home. But you’ve only got you 3 door car and no experience in lifting furniture at all. So what to do NOT do? Let’s give you some tips on how to handle vintage furniture.

Decorating your bit and want a vintage looking living room or kitchen but don’t want furniture that has chips and knocks taken out of it? Here are 5 top tips on how to move vintage furniture.

Tip 1 : Bubble Wrap Is Your Friend

Did you know that bubble wrap was invented all the way back in 1957? (which isn’t that long ago really). And even though it’s a brand name, it’s gained the same status as Tippex or Kleenex in terms of the thing being the name you know. With vintage items (ESPECIALLY trinkets) at least three layers of bubble wrap is the magic number.

 

Tip 2: Pivot! Pivot

 

It’s safe to say that most of us vintage lovers aren’t gym buffs and nor should we be! If you are going to be moving something heavy like a sofa, then don’t pull your back out (and have to go to visit a local chiropractor). Instead, hunker down and lift with those legs!

Tip No 3: Prepare Your Wood

If you’ve got an absolute dynamite deal on a side table like this, don’t go wrecking it the second you get it out of the shop by whacking it off the car boot door or scraping it along the front door as you get home. Take a little care with your wood with some very cheap wood varnish (which you can get in any place like Homebase or B&Q for mere tuppence). An initial coat will work well, but don’t go too heavy on it of you may end up with one smelly side table that needs to spend a few days in a cold dry place outside.

Tip No 4: Keep it in the dark!

This vintage plastic chair is only a couple of quid on eBay. It could’ve been a whole lot more if the owner has just done one very simple thing: kept it out of direct sunlight.

Sunlight reeks havoc on mid 20th century furniture, especially anything that is covered in the kind of plastic and rubber that most factories can’t get away with even using nowadays. Plastic is much more susceptible to light than fabric or wood and then can cause major discolouration issues. And because these plastics are sometimes coarse to touch, they don’t respond well to any type of paint work.