What is Reproduction Furniture?

A 3 piece collection of mahogany reproduction furniture including a Victorian wardrobe, Regency armchair and small roll-top bureau

If you enjoy vintage or period furniture styles over contemporary pieces, reproduction furniture could be just the thing for you. We take a look at what reproduction furniture is, the styles available, and the benefits of choosing reproduction furniture over antiques or modern styles.

What is reproduction furniture?

 

Reproduction furniture is modern furniture that has been made using traditional cabinet-making techniques and in period styles that pay homage to the original. It isn’t just about trying to simulate the look of antique pieces but also using the authentic methods those pieces were constructed with.

Reproduction furniture is a wonderful way to add an antique or vintage feel to any home without having to source rare antique pieces.

Reproduction furniture is modern furniture that has been made using traditional cabinet-making techniques and in period styles that pay homage to the original.

What styles of reproduction furniture are available?

Victorian 

The Victorian furniture style originates from a mixture of other styles such as gothic, rococo, Tudor and Renaissance. Dark hardwoods were typical of Victorian furniture, with mahogany and rosewood being the preference. The wood was often softened with luxurious fabrics such as velvet.

Georgian 

Georgian furniture is named after the period when King George I, II, III, and IV reigned in England. The Georgian period brought about a vast variety of furniture styles that became synonymous with the craftsmen, rather than the kings the period was named after. 

Chippendale 

Chippendale furniture is characterised by its elaborate carvings and ornate style, while remaining functional. The Chippendale style took inspiration from the gothic, rococo and chinoiserie furniture, combining these elements into a harmonious new design.

Campaign 

Campaign furniture is named for its historic use in military campaigns, where portability and versatility were essential. Campaign furniture often included small chests, folding seats and tiered washstands, all of which could be unscrewed and packed away easily. 

Colonial 

Colonial furniture was first introduced by American colonists, drawing inspiration from European styles and focusing on simple, moveable and functional designs. 

Regency 

Regency furniture is characterised by its use of dark, heavy wood such as mahogany and rosewood. It has a refined and elegant style with slender lines, while still being heavier and more solid than the neoclassical style that came before it.

Carved mahogany reproduction French dressing table and stool
Reproduction French console table with 3 drawers
solid mahogany full canopy reproduction four poster bed with hand carved headboard and columns
Reproduction Colonial pedestal desk with green leather writing insert and carved columns

What are the benefits of reproduction furniture?

1. A choice of timeless styles 

Period styles have already proven their enduring popularity and, by investing in reproduction furniture, you are getting something that will never go out of fashion. 

2. Quality craftsmanship 

Because reproduction furniture doesn’t just replicate the look of antique furniture, but also the cabinet-making techniques used to craft them, the pieces are exceptionally well constructed. Some of the world’s most eminent furniture makers were responsible for these designs, so you can be sure that they will last a lifetime.

Period styles have already proven their enduring popularity and, by investing in reproduction furniture, you are getting something that will never go out of fashion.

3. Emulate your favourite period pieces at a reasonable price point 

Antique furniture pieces, particularly from these periods, can be very expensive. Reproduction furniture allows you to get as close to the real thing as possible, without the hefty price tag.

4. Avoid spending hours looking for the perfect antique 

As well as being expensive, genuine antique Chippendale or Victorian furniture can be very hard to find, especially in good condition. Carefully handcrafted reproduction furniture on the other hand is available and in brand new condition.

5. You can find the size and fit that is right for your home 

When looking for antique or vintage furniture, it’s unlikely you’ll find something that fits your home perfectly. In fact, a lot of the time you’ll have to find the space to fit the furniture you acquire!

Shopping for reproduction furniture allows you to find your ideal style for whatever space you choose – especially when you can take advantage of a bespoke furniture service to commission the piece you require.

6. You can coordinate your furniture more easily 

Reproduction furniture is available in a range of finishes, such as different wood stains and paint colours. This allows you to seamlessly blend your new piece with your existing aesthetic, so that nothing looks out of place.

Now that you know what reproduction furniture is, do you think it could be the right choice for your home? If so, you can browse our reproduction furniture ranges.

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