If you are interested in renovating your home, we will tell you when is the best time to take out your old furniture and give your home a new look.
Although it may not seem like it, the decoration of a house is a very important aspect to improve the mood and quality of life of those who live in it, however, because most of the time we are focused on other matters related to our personal lives or work, we let those spaces that can make us feel better in our home to deteriorate or become boring.
That is why, if you have the idea of starting to change things at home, here we give you the push you need to do it at the best time.
While furniture does not have an expiration date like packaged food, most consumers no longer purchase home furnishings with the plan that it will last forever. Changing tastes, a more mobile society, and more furniture price range options come together to create a new average furniture life.
The half-life of home furnishings
The life expectancy of most parts varies according to the number of years and is highly dependent on the original materials used and the construction of the parts, the amount of daily use, and the amount of care taken while using the furniture. A sofa in a family room with young children, teens, and many pets won’t last as long as one in a formal living room.
Generally, these are the half-life of some furniture.
- Sofa: 7 to 15 years
- Upholstered chair: 7 to 10 years
- Wooden chair: 10 to 15 years
- Dining table: 15 to 20 years
- Occasional tables: 5 to 10 years
- Bed: 15 to 20 years
- Chest of drawers or chest of drawers: 10 to 20 years
- Desk: 15 years
- Office chair: 7 to 10 years
- Outdoor metal furniture: 10 years
- Wicker and rattan furniture: 10 years
- Mattress: 5 to 10 years
How to know if it’s time to change the furniture
There are several questions to ask yourself that will help you know when it is time to replace a piece of furniture:
Here is a checklist that can help.
- Is the furniture broken beyond repair?
- Is the upholstery stained and threadbare?
- Does the furniture still fit the space where it is used?
- Is it still comfortable to use the furniture?
- Have your tastes and needs changed?
There more “yes” you have, the more likely it is that you need new pieces of furniture. If a physical examination works for you, we have prepared in details, tips that will help you identify exactly when different types of furniture need replacement.
If the sofa is creaking, the cushions are broken, and all the lumbar support is gone, it’s time for a new sofa. Stained, smelly, peeling or torn upholstery are signs that a replacement or at least a new upholstery job is needed.
The same replacement tracks that apply to a sofa also apply to an upholstered chair. An additional thing to evaluate in recliners is the reclining mechanisms. If they no longer work well, it is time for a new chair.
Whether it’s a dining chair or side chair, wooden chairs need to be replaced if the legs have wobbled or if the wood is splitting on the seat. If the seat is upholstered, the upholstery can often be easily replaced as long as the rest of the chair is sturdy.
Dining room tables can become unsightly from scratches, dents, and burns long before they become structurally unstable. Tables are usually replaced when a larger or smaller size is needed to accommodate a room and the usual number of diners.
Most coffee and end tables are very worn by feet, hot coffee cups, and wet glasses. They need to be replaced when they become wobbly, look unsightly, or no longer fit the space and style of the room.
If a bed frame starts to creak, it’s a good sign that it will need to be replaced soon. New bed frames can be purchased to attach to a favourite headboard, which generally lasts longer than the support system. Beds are often replaced as children grow from a toddler bed to a larger size.
Chest of Drawers
Any type of drawer storage unit should be replaced when the frame is no longer sturdy and the drawers no longer open and close easily.
A desk needs to be replaced if it wobbles or if the drawers don’t open and close easily. Most desks are replaced as work and technology needs to change.
If your office chair is used 40 hours per week, it will last around seven to 10 years. The lifespan will depend on whether the chair is made of solid wood, metal or plastic and whether it is covered in leather or fabric. You’ll know it’s time for a new chair when the upholstery frays and the chair feels uncomfortable to sit on without offering lumbar support.
Whether made of rattan, plastic, or metal, patio furniture needs to be replaced when it becomes unstable and will not support the weight of an adult. You can extend the life of your furniture by keeping it out of direct sunlight, routinely cleaning it, and storing it properly during the off-season.
Your mattress is probably the most used piece of furniture in your home. It needs to be replaced when it sinks, has strong odours, and no longer provides the support needed for a good night’s sleep without back pain.
When you decide to replace your furniture, there are several options to get rid of old furniture, depending on the quality of the piece:
If the furniture is no longer safe to use, is hopelessly broken, or is infested with insects, it should be disposed of properly. Contact your local municipality for the regulations on garbage collection.
Charities, thrift stores, and homeless shelters are happy to get good quality, usable furniture. They can even come to your house to pick it up.
There are numerous online marketplaces available if you want to sell furniture. Take clear photos and be honest about the condition of the part.
Young adults will often receive second-hand items, even if the furniture is not to their liking 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 whoever wants it first.