Rae Lewis. Furniture. January 22nd , 2018.
Synthetic Rattan Furniture: Synthetic materials are usually regarded with suspicion when it comes to environmental sustainability, even when, as with rattan furniture, this is one of the main selling points employed by manufacturers and retailers.
However, rattan garden furniture is one of the few instances where claims about a synthetic material being entirely eco-friendly and environmentally sound are entirely accurate and easy to demonstrate. Most synthetic rattan items are made from materials especially devised and treated to ensure they do not harm the environment, namely by releasing toxins onto the air or soil immediately surrounding the item. As such, home-owners thinking of buying these items need not worry that the synthetic polymers at their root will unwittingly harm the environment; every synthetic rattan garden furniture item available on the market is guaranteed to be entirely eco-friendly and environmentally safe.
No special skills are required to repair general damage or wear to these kinds of antique furniture pieces, but the work requires extreme care and patience in tracking down suitable replacement materials.
A simple way to improve antique pieces of furniture, such as a chest of drawers, is to fit new handles. The Victorians had a habit of replacing metal handles with round wooden knobs, often leaving the marks of the former back-plates showing. Sets of old handles can be picked up cheaply from antique and second-hand shops but make sure that the back-plates are large enough to cover any existing indentations.
Fitting functional needs. Store-bought furniture can’t always do what you need to be done. Example, you do a lot of desk work and have one particular corner to accommodate desk, computer, supplies, etc. You may be lucky if you find sturdy ready-made pieces that will fit that corner and your work requirements get fulfilled.
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