How to become an Antique Furniture Restorer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: December 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Antique furniture restorers repair, refinish and conserve antique pieces of furniture such as tables, desks, chairs, sofas, sideboards and cabinets. Depending on the type of restoration required, this can involve repairing woodwork, reupholstering soft furnishings, restoring fine details such as gilding, or rebuilding a piece of furniture, including making new parts to replace missing or broken components.

Some restorers also provide specialist restoration services such as furniture stripping, French polishing and leather renovation, or work in partnership with other specialists in these fields. Many restorers also deal in antique furniture and provide valuation advice.

Typical customers include private owners and collectors of antiques, antique dealers, owners or managers of historic and stately homes, churches, museums and heritage sites, and organisations such as English Heritage and the National Trust.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as an antique furniture restorer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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