2 things to know before you buy Swedish Antique Furniture! Know the difference between "Antique and Vintage".
When it comes to furniture the words vintage and antique are sometimes used almost interchangeably, although this is not the correct way to use them. In fact, they are two separate and completely different terms used to describe age and quality. It is important to know the difference so that you get what you are looking for when you look for vintage or antique furniture.
The word “vintage” is properly defined as something of high quality that demonstrates styles of the past. Vintage furniture applies to many types of furniture, the most important qualities being those that show age and high attention to detail.
Vintage Furniture could be presented in many different styles, anything from a reproduction of a vintage furniture piece to a modern piece that has been termed vintage because it is manufacturer was hoping to add a bit of romance to their sales presentation.
Antique furniture is another thing entirely. The correct definition of antique furniture is that it is made at least one hundred years before it is purchased. This definition is often stretched by retail stores. Often times when you do arrive at antique store, you will see items that are only 50 to 60 years old.
Another aspect to consider about antique furniture is that should be in its original condition and not altered in any way. This definition is also stretched in many cases because finding pieces in perfect condition after over fifty years is very difficult. So doing a little restoration is far more economical.
So you can see that antique stores are often filled with vintage restored furniture. But that doesn’t sound as good as calling it antique furniture. Another reason they aren’t called that is because vintage furniture doesn’t have to be old, but antique furniture does.