antique pine furniture

Ultra modern or old school for you?

When you’re furnishing a home office from scratch, one of the first things to ask yourself is whether you’re going for a modern, all brand-new look, or if you’d prefer a vintage or antique style. Antique furniture is rapidly rising in popularity, and with a clean slate to work with it can be tempting to hit up the auctions and bag yourself some gorgeous old pieces for your lovely new office.

But how realistic is this? Can antiques be competitive on price and quality compared to modern alternatives? And can you rely on them not to fall apart? Here’s what to think about:

Price

Antique pine furniture, or antiques in any wood, are likely to be slightly more expensive than the modern alternative. Of course, that does depend on where you’re shopping and the quality and style you’re going for. On the plus side, any antiques you purchase in good condition are likely to hold their value or possibly even increase in value by the time you come to sell. Modern mass-produced furniture will be worth next to nothing a few years down the line.

The winner: Antiques

Aesthetics

The trouble with antique furniture is that, to get a piece in great condition, you’ve got to pay a lot. Even then, its likely to have some age-related lumps and bumps, which could mean your laptop is sitting on an uneven surface or that it’s impossible to draw on the top of the desk. You’re likely to be limited on style options too, as you’ll need to buy whatever is around, without really having a huge variety to choose from. Modern furniture, on the other hand, is available in mass numbers, in all sorts of styles, finishes and colours, and will be in absolutely perfect condition when you get it home.

The winner: Modern

Functionality

Modern furniture has come a long way in terms of ergonomics, so when it comes to things like chairs, you’re never going to be as comfortable or as ergonomically protected as you are in something modern. Although bookcases and cabinets still function just as well as they always did, they might lack some features of modern items, such as locking mechanisms and smooth runners on the drawers.

The winner: Modern

Longevity

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for, and with modern office furniture, that can often mean the difference between something that’s designed to last five years and something that should last you 50. With genuine antiques, they’ve already stood the test of time, so you can be confident that if they are still here since being made in 1960, they’ll probably still be around in 2060 too. Compare these to your typical flat packed el cheapo desk, and your confidence probably shouldn’t be as strong.

The winner: Antiques

So, as you can see, there are both positives and negatives to buying antique pine furniture for your home office, and a lot will depend on your personal preference for look and style of furniture. However, if you love the look of antique pine furniture but just can’t afford the high-quality pieces, here at Office Furniture Online, we’ve got the perfect solution.

Our antique pine furniture for home offices brings you the best of both worlds. These pieces have all the beauty of an antique piece of furniture, but without the potential flaws and issues of a genuinely antique piece. Using clever aging techniques, the manufacturers make these barely distinguishable from the real thing, even down to the brass effect cup handles which finish the totally period look. Treat yourself to the aesthetic beauty of antique pine at a fraction of the price!

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 24, 2018 at 9:12 am

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