Cleaning and taking care of your carpeting and furniture is a great way to extend it’s life, but eventually it will be time to replace them. This article comes from The Spruce.
When Should You Replace Your Furniture?
Obviously, there are pieces of furniture that have survived for centuries. If not, we wouldn’t have antique shops and great-great-grandmother’s game table. So, will your furniture last that long?
The life expectancy of most pieces vary by a number of years and is greatly dependent on the original materials used and construction of the pieces, the amount of daily use, and the amount of care taken during the use of the furniture. A sofa in a family room with small children, teenagers, and lots of pets will not last as long as one in a formal living room.
How Do I Know It’s Time for New Furniture?
There are several questions to ask that will help you know that it’s time to replace a piece of furniture:
- Is the piece of furniture broken beyond repair?
- Is the upholstery stained and threadbare?
- Does the furniture still fit the space where it’s used?
- Is the furniture still comfortable to use?
- Have your tastes and needs changed?
Sofa or Couch
If the sofa is creaking, the cushions are sagging, and all lumbar support is gone, it’s time for a new sofa. Stained, smelly, peeling, or ripped upholstery are signs that a replacement or at least a new upholstery job is needed.
The same replacement clues that apply to a sofa also apply to an upholstered chair. One additional thing to evaluate on recliners is the reclining mechanisms. If they no longer function smoothly, it’s time for a new chair.
Whether a dining room chair or side chair, wooden chairs should be replaced if the legs have become wobbly or if the wood is splitting on the seat. If the seat is upholstered, the upholstery can often be replaced easily as long as the rest of the chair is sturdy.
Dining Room Table
Dining room tables may become unsightly from scratches, dents, and burns long before they become structurally unsound. Tables are usually replaced when a larger or smaller size is needed to comfortably fit a room and the usual number of diners.
Coffee, End, and Occasional Tables
Most coffee and end tables get lots of wear and tear from feet, hot coffee cups, and wet drinking glasses. They should be replaced when they become wobbly, look unsightly, or no longer fit the space and style of the room.
What Should I Do With My Old Furniture?
When you decide to replace your furniture, there are several options for disposing of your old furniture, depending on the quality of the piece:
- Haul It Away: If the furniture is no longer safe to use, broken beyond repair, or infested with insects, it should be disposed of properly. Contact your local municipality for rules on trash pick-up.
- Donate: Charities, thrift stores, and homeless shelters are thrilled to get good quality, usable furniture. They may even come to your home to pick it up.
- Sell It: There are numerous online marketplaces available if you’d like to sell furniture. Take clear photos and be honest about the condition of the piece. Or, have a yard sale.
- Pass It Along: Young adults will often welcome hand-me-downs even if the furniture isn’t quite their taste as a way to furnish a new apartment or home. If the piece is a family heirloom, ask your relatives if they would like to have it and first come, first served.
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