If you would like to become an antiques collector or if you have just inherited some beautiful, but ramshackle cupboards, wardrobes and chests of drawers from a great auntie and you would like to use it, you should get in touch with a professional antique restorations Kent company.
Of course, since having vintage furniture restored is not exactly cheap – though it doesn’t have to be that expensive, either –, you shouldn’t rush into the first store you see that specializes in restorations and cabinet making Canterbury. There are a couple of aspects that you should take into account before you decide which store providing antique restorations Kent services is most reliable and certain criteria that might help you. Considering these factors before making your decision is the best way in which you can make sure that you are going to be happy with their services and enjoy the antiques that you own.
First of all, you have to make sure that they know what they are doing. A company that specializes in cabinet making Canterbury and antique restorations Kent should have specially-trained employees, who have the knowledge and the skills that are required for such jobs. Maintaining and repairing vintage furniture is not similar to regular carpentry or furniture manufacturing: there are certain traditional techniques that have to be used and, equally important, there are certain substances that can be used for each type of material, depending on their condition and on the results that you expect. You could do your own research about these things, without having to go too much into details, but just enough so that you can ask them a few questions and see how well prepared they are to handle your objects.
The more experience they have in cabinet making Canterbury or antique restorations Kent, the better. They should be familiar with various kinds of wood and leather work, with different mechanisms and joinery works, so they will know exactly what to do with the items that you need restored. In order to find out more about their experience you can ask for their portfolio or look for it online – customer-oriented companies should have an official website and upload galleries with the work they have done so far there. Moreover, you could find out if they belong to a craftsmen’ association such as The Guild of Master Craftsmen, which should be a sign that they have some experience and proved professionalism in their area of expertise.
Last, but not least, another criterion that you should take into account when looking for a company that specializes in cabinet making Canterbury and in antique restorations Kent is, as you have probably already imagined, price. As it has already been mentioned, as they require special techniques and substances, such services are not very cheap, but they shouldn’t be out of reach either. The best way in which you can figure out whether the prices they offer are reasonable is to compare them with those charged by other similar companies. You should be able to do that easily by searching online and sending several emails. All you need is a little time and patience, and you will find the best deal for restoring that lovely chest of drawers you have found at the bazaar or the elegant wardrobe your great auntie has left you.