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Furniture Restoration and Recycling to Save Energy

Updated on January 24, 2017
Dining room after restoration
Dining room after restoration | Source

Preserving the day old antiques and other favorite collections would be a craze for some people. What about preserving our worn out furniture and wooden objects? This idea may seem to be innovative, but with new cutting-edge technologies, this is possible which has certain benefits over buying new furniture. Recycling furniture has its significant impact on the cost of furnishing and on saving space and energy. By giving the old a new form for reuse, we are not only preserving, but also saving our planet from environmental threats. This would prevent cut down of trees to some extent as there is no need of new wood procurement.

Restoring furniture of our homes can bring back the original luster of the wood enhancing the ambience. This includes several steps such as fixing shaky legs, removing water rings, repairing marred parts and finally refinishing. Refinishing gives a new finish by applying varnish coat to the new repaired furniture.


Restoring living room furniture

Living room after restoration
Living room after restoration | Source

How can furniture be restored?

Restoring furniture includes several steps such as fixing shaky legs, removing water rings, repairing marred parts and finally refinishing. Refinishing gives a new finish by applying varnish coat to the new repaired furniture.


We all may wish our living room look neat and inviting. Sofa, chairs, tea-table and cupboard form the entire furniture of the living room. How would they look when they are dull and dreary? Our inviting living room would turn up into a “disgusting” one which is no more appealing to the eye. With restoration of furniture the living room can be transformed to look new and attractive spending a little penny.

For sofa sets, the fabric needs to be reupholstered to produce an elegant cushion. This can be done yourself or seek help from professionals. Reupholstering can update the sofa to a new style and color that matches the décor of that room.

Chairs, tea-table and cupboard need stripping the topmost layers if worn out completely. Otherwise by scratching with sandpaper or with other wood cleaning materials, the entire furniture need to be resurfaced again. Then give two-three coats of varnish for rebuilding it and then apply the desired paint.


Kitchen cabinets after restoration

Kitchen cabinets restored
Kitchen cabinets restored | Source


Kitchen is the soul of a home where most of the culinary activities are being carried out. There is a great probability of catching grease and dust to the platforms and cabinets in a kitchen. After long years of use, cabinets lose their glow and look outdated. Restoring cabinets with any of these alternatives can bring back their former glory.

Rejuvenating cabinets

Cabinets are cleaned thoroughly to remove all the grease and dust. All the external defects are corrected and embellished to give a glowing appearance.


Re-finishing cabinets

Here the outer layer of the entire structure is stripped off. Sanding and varnishing would provide a refinish to the faded cabinets to stay updated.


Re-facing cabinets

Cabinets are given a new look and feel by changing its damaged parts in re-facing method. Doors or handles or drawers are replaced with a new one of the latest trend keeping the inner parts the same.


Restoring office furniture

Front office restored
Front office restored | Source

Offices and companies also face problems associated with outdated furniture. As this project is a big one, it would take time to complete the whole restoring activities. As the impression of the visitors is most important for a business to grow, care must be given to renovate any worn out furniture in the office premises. Otherwise the business won’t gain much sales or profits during its journey.

Areas where renovation required are:

  • Reception
  • Open office
  • Team room
  • Work lounge
  • Brainstorm room
  • Storage space
  • Meeting area
  • Mail area, pantry area and break area


Workers and business clients are the backbone of a business. If a business has comparably low competent staff and poor feedback, it will go out of it followed by shut down. The foremost thing to consider when establishing a business is how well its infrastructure can be designed and maintained. A well designed and polished office is a must for any business to attract customers and job seekers to compete with the other leading establishments of its industry. Office furniture restoration plays an important part in this process.


Restoring hospital furniture

Recycled windows and doors of a hospital
Recycled windows and doors of a hospital | Source

Hospital furniture requires great care as patients of all sorts of diseases come for consulting. The reception area gives the first impression on how well the entire set up looks. If the hospital is not furnished with latest medical equipments and germ resistant materials, chances are very less to get patients for treatment. Medical furniture also should be updated for the patients to get good care and comfort. Refinishing the furniture and reupholstering the fabrics of seating arrangements and bed can keep the environment clean thereby preventing spread of bacteria. Restoring intensive care units, operation theatres and examination room furniture can raise the confidence level of both the doctor and the patient.


Restoring hotel furniture

The Scandinavian furniture in a hotel when restored
The Scandinavian furniture in a hotel when restored | Source

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Hospitality industry is booming these days as there is an increase in the number of tourists all over the world. It has become imperative for a hotel to keep its furniture in good condition to attract visitors. If a chair is shaking or the bed is not soft, what kind of hotel stay we can expect? To get a positive feedback from the customers, the hotel should be well-furnished and cleaned. Any small damage occurred to the furniture parts needs attention for repair. Otherwise visitors would not give positive feedback in its review. Restoring furniture from time to time would increase the ratings of hotels and helps maintain their reputation in the market.

Restoration of an antique furniture

© 2015 Radhika Sreekanth

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      Radhika Sreekanth 24 months ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks AudreyHowitt for that lovely comment.

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      Audrey Howitt 24 months ago from California

      This is something that I have always wanted to do--and it makes great sense--

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Sheila for commenting. Old is gold really..:)

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I prefer to try to restore my furniture. Most older pieces are made much better than what you can buy today.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      That's a wise decision MsDora as trees won't get cut from our environment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      This is my interest right now, not wanting to buy new when the old is still strong though worn. Thank you for this article.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi paperfacets,

      Glad to know that you like to restore your wall unit. This would definitely help in greening our planet.

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      Sherry Venegas 2 years ago from La Verne, CA

      We have a very well made wall unit. A new finish may give it the lift it needs.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Restoring the old ones would keep memories stay with us always, Ruby. Thanks for voting this up.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I just restored a coffee table and two end tables. they look really good. Your hub is informative and useful. Voted up. Thank you..