Two Thirds of UK Homeowners Prefer to Restore Furniture than Buy New

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A survey has revealed that two thirds of UK homeowners would rather bring a piece of furniture back to life and enjoy a piece of family history than buy something new.

nothing gives us more pleasure than being able to restore a family treasure and seeing the look on a family’s face when their sofa is returned to its former glory

A survey has revealed that two thirds of UK homeowners would rather bring a piece of furniture back to life and enjoy a piece of family history than buy something new.

Plumbs, the UKs leading loose cover, curtains and reupholstery specialists, commissioned the survey to get an understanding of people’s attachment to old furniture.

Successful TV shows like Car Booty, Flog it and Cash in the Attic reflect the UK’s interest in all things antique and the Plumbs survey found that 73% of people believe that furniture has sentimental value.

An old piece of furniture can evoke memories of being a child or of times gone by and 45% of Britons have a piece of furniture that has been passed down through the family. Twenty per-cent said they have kept a piece of furniture because it is a heirloom and 14% say there is a story attached to it.

However while many are willing to hold onto sentimental furniture a third of people do not think their children would want any hand-me-downs.

It also appears the recession has not put the pinchers on how much is spent on furniture, with more than half of people saying they spend between £300 and £1,000 per year on furniture. However, the recycling message does seem to be getting through, as the statistics show 40% would consider investing money to bring an old item of furniture back to its former glory.

Chris Plumb, Online Marketing, PR and Business Development Manager said “The emotional attachment that people have to furniture is astonishing. At Plumbs nothing gives us more pleasure than being able to restore a family treasure and seeing the look on a family’s face when their sofa is returned to its former glory.”

About Plumbs:

Plumbs have around 150 Home Consultants who will visit homes free of charge. The Home Consultants can recommend an appropriate loose covers solution and advise on room colour co-ordination and any other home furnishings such as upholstery, loose covers for sofas, cushion covers and curtains.

With over 350 different upholstery fabric designs and colours to choose from, and a range of materials to suite any piece of furniture.

For further information please contact:
Chris Plumb Plumbs Marketing and PR Contact on - 01772 838430 or email cplumb(at)plumbs(dot)co(dot)uk

Geraldine Vesey, Anoushka Done or Mairead Rodden on - 0161 838 7770 or email firstname(dot)surname(at)skvcommunications(dot)co(dot)uk

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