Before starting to salvage damaged furniture, decide which pieces are worth restoring. Such decisions should be based on:
1 Extent of damage
1 Cost of the article
1 Sentimental value
1 Cost of restoration
Consider each piece individually. Antiques may be worth the time,
effort and expense of restoration. Unless damage is severe, you can
likely clean, reglue and refinish antiques at home. Extensive repair
or re-veneering should be done at a reliable furniture repair shop. Solid wood furniture can usually be restored, unless damage is
severe. You will probably need to clean, dry and reglue the piece.
Slightly warped boards may be removed and straightened.
Wood-veneered furniture is available in many qualities. Extensive
damage may be costly to repair. If veneer is loose in just a few
places, you may be able to repair it.
Upholstered furniture may be salvageable, depending on its
general condition. Flooded pieces will need to be cleaned and
dried, and mildew should be removed. If damage is extensive, you may have to replace padding and upholstery; this is expensive, it
might be wiser to apply the money toward new furniture.
You will not need to repair all pieces immediately. Any furniture
worthy of repair should be completely cleaned, dried and stored in
a dry, well-ventilated place until you have time to repair it.