Lou's Corner

Things We Find

We Find Amazing Things In Furniture That You Drop Off We were recently working on a spinette desk when we found an aged leather folder. It contained WWII documents of a GI. It will be returned to the owners of the desk, who told us that it has been in their family for some time.…

The Gold Standard of Sofas

Know Your Furniture Springs In the industry, 8-way hand tied coil springs are the gold standard of quality in sofas and easy chairs. Our team has have heard about it, but we tend to purchase other seating because of lower purchase cost and a sales person’s claim that the coil springs have no advantage over…

Customer Service

Spare Parts May Actually Be Available From Your Furniture Manufacturer Buying new furniture is great! However, over time it tends to wear down and within the first few years cushion fabric can become ruined, chair legs break, and a multitude of other tragedies can happen. The question we get asked most is “can salvage the…

I Should Have Kept It

 To Keep Or Not To Keep? That Is The Furniture Question It seems that as furniture ages, becoming shabby, uncomfortable or outdated, people will delegate those pieces to the basement, dorm, or a son or daughter’s first apartment. They look for new furniture, purchasing by price and style only. In as little as 3 years…

Upholstery Choices

When discussing choices about upholstery, zippers on the back of cushions frequently come up. People like zippers because they want to be able to remove the cover for cleaning. That’s not the purpose of zippers. They are used to close a cushion after filling because it is much less time consuming to install a zipper…

Does refinishing ruin an antiques value?

We hear from customers that have a family furniture favorite in need of restoration. Their goal is to have it become functionally useful and restore its natural wood patina. After I explain how we can achieve their goal, the question of antique value comes up. Will refinishing ruin it value? The answer is no with…

Removing Pesky White Rings From Table Tops

Occasionally I am asked how to remove white rings from tabletops. White rings are usually caused by wet drinking glasses left on tabletops for hours on end. The white portion is actually damaged finish. Sometimes the damage goes through to the wood, as evidenced when the wood turns dark. Most times, it is just a…

Sinking Seats

What To Do With Sinking Seats Sinking seats in sofas and chairs are most likely caused by either worn out foam or seat supports. Replacing the foam is the easiest and least costly option to the furniture owner. In order to make sure worn out foam is the culprit, we have sample seat cushions that…

Our Magic Glue

Our Magic Glue And All It’s Secrets More often than not, the broken furniture we are asked to repair has been worked on by someone else. Joints and holes are overflowing with hardened glue that had been applied in excess. The attempted repair failed and a customer asks us to use our “magic” glue to…

Cushions

Know Your Furniture Cushions   As I was evaluating Mrs. Smith’s sofa for reupholstery, she asked what we could do with her back cushions. They had become rumpled, bloated in the center, felt lumpy and would not fluff up. She brought in her outdoor chaise cushions in the hopes to safe them because she was tired…