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How to shop for vintage furniture

Styling your home with vintage furniture not only adds character, it’s also better for the planet. However, it can be difficult to know where to shop for authentic pieces that offer genuine craftsmanship. This guide will help you know what to look for.

According to the North London Waste Authority, nearly 22 million items of furniture are tossed out every year, so reusing vintage pieces is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.

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Find your style

Not everything in your home has to match or be on trend. Interior design magazines offer great ideas on what’s in this season, but if you find something you like, don’t be afraid to try it. If you like a pop of colour, try a vintage style sofa or footstool in hot pink or turquoise to make a statement.

What’s your era?

You might be a fan of Art Deco or prefer the funky, bright designs from the ’60s. So if you have a particular era you like, research it so that you know what to look for. Mid-century modern furniture is functional and simple, while Art Deco pieces add a touch of glamour with their geometric shapes and metallic shades.

Do your research

Once you have an idea of the items you require and the style you’re after, have a look in local stores or charity shops. Or you could go online to find that vintage style sofa you’ve been looking for. Whether it’s a table, armchair or sideboard you’re after, you’ll find it.

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Measure up

Keep a list of the key dimensions of your home handy, so that if you spot your perfect piece of furniture when you’re out and about, you’ll know whether or not it’s suitable. Consider keeping a tape measure in your bag too, so that you can know instantly if that funky vintage style sofa in the window will fit in your living room.

Vintage furniture shopping can seem daunting, but if you’ve done your research and checked if a piece is authentic and of good quality, it’s bound to bring you joy for many years to come.