There are a number of things that we do not know about the furniture
we use. There a number of small problems that crop up every now and
then with the furniture that is regularly used. It would be simple
if someone gave you a few ideas on small repairs that you can do
yourself at home. Given below are a few tips on dealing with simple
problems with furniture and answers to some common questions about
- Be careful while buying wooden furniture.
Furniture made of particleboard and medium density fiberboard is
also called "solid wood". But furniture made out of these is not
worth buying, as it is harder to repair and heavier than real wood.
Buy furniture with signs that explicitly say solid oak
wood or cherry wood or ash wood. These are safer to buy.
- A number of times you want to know the kind
of finish that has been used on your furniture. To find out you will
have to do a solvent test. Dip cotton in some nail polish remover or
acetone and rub over an area that is not easily visible. If the
finish softens then the finish is nitrocellulose lacquer, which is
the most popular finish in the furniture industry. If the finish
softens with alcohol then the finish is shellac. If it does not
soften with either acetone or alcohol then the finish is varnish,
polyurethane, catalyzed lacquer etc. that cannot be dissolved by its
- If you are applying finish on your furniture
then remember to account for humidity. High levels of humidity in
the air will prevent the finish from drying and it will turn white
or have a dull finish. If a professional is finishing your furniture
then allow the piece to dry completely, for a few days before using
- Placing any kind of potpourri directly on
the furniture will damage the finish even though it is kept in cloth
or plastic bag.
- If metal bed frames are squeaking then just
apply oil to the rivets and this will stop it from squeaking. If a
bed made out of wood squeaks, it means it is getting loose and needs
- In a drawer wood moves against wood and
certain parts need to be lubricated. If drawers stick rub some paste
wax on the drawer and the wood that it rides on. If this does not
work then the drawer needs some repair or is very worn out.
Glass tabletops actually protect the
tables. Do not allow moisture get trapped between
the glass and the wood. Raise the glass tabletop with rubber
bumpers, this will allow airspace and let the wood breath.
- Before using wooden screws rub a little
candle or bee's wax or soap on the screw threads
and it will move more smoothly.