Keys, keys, keys – what a nuisance they can be! They get lost so easily and then, all of a sudden, you find that the doors to your favourite display cabinet swing ajar or you are unable to lock the drawers of your desk or a cabinet containing your most delicate crystal (a worry, if any youngsters are around!).
Equally, over time, locks can cease to work, particularly on antique furniture. Then, even if you have the right key, it can become impossible to secure doors or drawers. This is a pain but, if you are a perfectionist, it will drive you to mild distraction – after all, the entire unit is not completely right! I know that this is just the type of thing that constantly irritates me, until corrected!
Can anything be done?
Well, it can, thankfully!
In fact, you will be surprised how often our furniture repair in Surrey involves replacing locks and finding (or making) keys for furniture. Indeed, hardly a week goes by when someone does not bring into our workshops a piece of furniture that needs a new lock or keys.
Of course, over the years we have accumulated an amazing number of old locks and keys. Some of these we have bought at antique fairs and others have appeared in old drawers and furniture. This means that often we can find, from our own stock, a lock or key appropriate to a piece of furniture.
However, there are times, particularly with some kinds of keys that we have to source a key or, at worst, make one. This is not as troublesome as you may think and it is rare that we are unable, one way or another, to solve a lost key problem.
Certainly, one thing is true and that is that our furniture repair business in Surrey has be prepared to remedy a host of different problems relating to furniture, both new and antique! Replacing keys and locks are only one of the many things that we do but, for most people, it is a service of considerable importance.
Peter Snelling – Antique Restoration Surrey