How to Price an Antique Bedroom Suite

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An antique bedroom suite is a beautiful addition to a home, particularly a home that has an older style. The value of an antique bedroom suite will vary dramatically based on several factors, including its age, the condition it is in, the level of craftsmanship it reflects and the materials used in its construction. If you are not an antique expert, it can be difficult to price an antique bedroom suite that catches your eye. However, there are a few simple steps to take to make sure you aren't paying too much for the furniture.

  • Assess the condition of the antique suite. The condition of antique furniture is a primary factor affecting its value. An antique suite in excellent condition will usually cost significantly more than a suite of the same materials, design and time period that requires repair or restoration. If you enjoy restoration work, buying a set that has cosmetic imperfections can pay off.

  • Examine the materials used to construct the bedroom suite. Different materials have different prices and rare woods can add significant value to a piece. For example, furniture made of American chestnut is usually costly because this wood is rare enough that it is only found in antiques. An antique dealer should be able to identify the wood for you.

  • Shop around. Antiques are limited when compared to newly made products because they are older and many of the original sets have been ruined, destroyed or otherwise missing. Hard to find antiques are more costly and if you find duplicate sets of a bedroom suite, you will know that the set should not be priced too high.

  • Find out the age of the antique. The older the bedroom suite is, the higher the value. Expect older sets to cost $3000 or more while newer sets can cost as low as a few hundred dollars. If the set is less than 100 years old, it is not an antique.

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