If you love the look of period wardrobes, beds, dining tables and bookcases, but do not have the budget to snap up a variety of items, this does not mean you cannot own beautiful pieces. Solid mahogany reproduction furniture for the office and other rooms looks just as stunning.
In fact, there are a number of reasons why investing in reproduction pieces is better than tracking down original period designs. Below is a roundup of the best.
It is more affordable
While you might dream of owning an original Georgian desk or Chippendale cabinet, these items can be very expensive. Unless you have a budget to accommodate this, period pieces will likely be out of your reach. Instead, solid mahogany reproduction furniture looks the part and is a lot more affordable than its original counterparts. Depending on how much you want to spend, for example, this means you can not only buy a new desk for your office, but also a bookcase and cabinet.
Having several pieces of solid wooden furniture will certainly look the part and make an impression on visitors to your home, whether they are clients, family or friends. If you have been tempted to purchase cheap wooden furniture that is mass produced for a store, it might only cost you a few pounds now, but it might need replacing sooner than you think and probably will not have the attention to detail and finish that solid mahogany pieces do.
It is more accessible
You can spend a lot of time and effort trying to track down original Georgian, Chippendale, Victorian and Regency tables, chairs and cabinets to no avail. You might not be able to attend auctions or know where to find such pieces. However, solid mahogany reproduction items are a lot easier to come by, although you need to make sure they are built to a high quality and made to last.
If you want to give your home a makeover, or have moved properties and would like new furniture, you can have several pieces of reproduction furniture delivered to your door a lot quicker than if you were hunting for period items.
It could be sturdier
Of course, the craftsmanship in eras such as the Victorian and Georgian periods is first-class, but fast-forward over the years and original items might not be as sturdy as they once were. They will no doubt look beautiful, but they may have been damaged over time. While a Chippendale desk will provide the wow factor in an office, it is of no use if it is uneven, or strains under the weight of your computer and paperwork.
Invest in solid mahogany reproduction furniture, though, and you can be sure it will have been built to last. All you need to do is make sure you maintain the wood to keep it looking fantastic. Mahogany furniture tends to be stained and waxed to make its upkeep a lot easier.
While many stores offer cheap mass-produced wooden furniture, it is a good idea to stay away from this if you want to make a long-term investment. Such products often need self-assembling and can sometimes be a little bit uneven and wobbly as a result. They may also not sustain knocks and bumps as easily, potentially resulting in you forking out to replace them sooner than originally expected.