A success story of lockdown is the revival of interest in antique furniture, which has been fuelled by environmental concerns.
People have been spending more time at home during the coronavirus lockdown and have been re-evaluating their attitude toward furniture. There has been a trend in recent years of furnishing homes with cheap flat-pack furniture that has to be replaced after a few years, with the old furniture dumped in landfills. It is usually not practical to mend cheap broken furniture. Making new furniture has an environmental impact, as it requires energy and resources.
Speaking to The Irish Times, antiques expert Niall Mullen said:
“The disposable furniture market is a dangerous route if you believe we are on the wrong path environmentally.”
Mullen pointed out that the carbon footprint of a Georgian chest of drawers is 16 times less than that of a new one.
Rather than buy disposable items, however, householders are increasingly buying better quality items that last. Antique furniture may be expensive, but it was built to be durable. Furniture that has survived in good condition for a hundred years or more will last many decades into the future. Fine antique furniture is made from solid wood that can be restored if damaged or worn.
Buying antiques is an investment in a piece of history. Each item has a story to tell about past times. Start your antique furniture collection with one or two quality items. Visit a local Lancashire antique dealer, where you will see fine examples of antique chests, chairs, desks, sofas and much more.
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