Does your desire for the perfect wardrobe make you stare into the middle distance? Naomi Ridley from furniture reuse charity HFS is here to help. (Come on, you know us better than that by now…)
1. Let’s face it, that flimsy metal clothes rail you got when you were a student isn’t going to last forever, and your clothes are starting to get dusty. Putting clothes into an actual wardrobe is the way to go. Or drawers. Drawers are good too.
2. Wooden furniture is generally more solid and lasts longer than flatpack, not least because you can repair wood and replace the handles or hinges if damaged. Once the composite board your trendy flatpack is made from is at all damaged, the whole thing’ll fall apart quicker than a cheap T-shirt.
3. You don’t have to spend a fortune. Old, long-lasting wooden wardrobes can be affordable secondhand. Check out local furniture reuse charity shops for a wardrobe that won’t break your budget and you can also feel good about your purchase.
Charities like HFS save tonnes of furniture from waste and selling items to the public helps subsidise lower prices for households with low incomes, full-time students and pensioners.
4. Check furniture out thoroughly – marks of quality include nice solid dovetail joints and a wooden back (not board). Check any drawers slide well and hinges are sturdy.
5. If you see a rash of tiny holes in the furniture there is a good chance it has woodworm. This can be treated but it is best avoided as it generally means the wood is damp too and might make clothes pongy.
6. If you learn how to fix furniture you can snap up bargain pieces that need some TLC. There are tutorials on YouTube but it is much more fun to join a small group in a workshop. Your local college, WEA or Adult Education department might offer a course. Furniture reuse charities like HFS often run affordable or free courses.
7. Get creative in the bedroom. Revamping wooden furniture with paint effects is a great way to make your wardrobe unique or to apply a matching look to non-matching secondhand items as you build up your home. Again, charities like HFS run low-cost courses in paint techniques so it’s easy, fun and cheap.4415 Views