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What is vintage furniture?

The word vintage in vintage furniture is simply referring to the age of the item. A piece is only vintage if it is at least 20 years old. However, vintage furniture is popular for a number of reasons beyond just the age of a piece. This includes the sustainability aspects of reusing furniture, the impact it can have when decorating and the thrill from collecting unique and one-of-a-kind items.

Vintage furniture is 20 to 100 years old. It is very much on-trend for home decorating and interior design, and authentic vintage furniture should reflect the style of an iconic period in time. From the 1930s and 1940s to the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Quite simply, the best way to gauge the true authenticity of a piece is to have the furniture appraised. With this approach, you are having it checked by an expert who will know what to look for and provide you with the most accurate estimate.

The numbers on the back of furniture can point to the maker of the piece, its style or the patent originally granted when it was first designed. The numbers are typically found on the back or underside, as this location would not impact the aesthetic finish of the furniture.

While you can easily purchase items that may have an ‘antique’ or old-looking appearance, an authentic piece of antique furniture must be over 100 years old. However, for a piece to be classified as vintage furniture it needs to be at least 20 years old.

Furniture in the 1960s was characterised by innovative new designs that looked forward to the future. Think space age, rounded edges, new materials and bright colours. From chairs and sofas to tables and sideboards, the 1960s is able to offer a wonderful array of timeless mid-century pieces.