How to tell if you really need new furniture...
It’s no secret that decorating and furnishing your home is a huge amount of fun. No matter if it’s your very first place, or you’ve lived there for decades, finding the right sofa, tables, and rugs to really express who you are can be hugely fulfilling.
Of course, it can get a little addictive too. And there may come a time where you need to stop and ask yourself if you really do need to replace your dining room chairs three times in the same year?
Restraint is an enviable quality after all, and if you’re constantly buying new furniture it diminishes just how special the act feels when you do it. So, just how can you tell if it really is time to replace a piece of furniture? Here are a few pointers…
Well, let’s start with the most obvious thing of all. If you just simply hate an item of furniture, of course you can get rid of it. But first ask yourself how long have you hated this item for? If it’s been no more than a week or so, maybe sit on your impulse to head straight out to the furniture shop for a little while. This could just be a temporary state of mind, and you may hugely regret it later when realise that your beloved sofa, table or bed now belongs to someone else.
“They don’t make ‘em like they used to” may sound like a cliche, but when it comes to many modern items of furniture, it’s true. While bespoke, boutique and antique pieces of furniture may be incredibly strong, or at least, fixable if they do break, many mass produced items of furniture will one day be beyond repair.
If it’s an armchair that’s collapsed or a chest of drawers falling apart that you bought from a contemporary mass production manufacturer, it’s probably time to start looking into a replacement.
Sometimes, even if you really like an item of furniture, you might need to start looking for something to replace it. For instance, a dining table that’s too small to accommodate your whole household or a dresser that’s so large you can’t quite open the bedroom door without banging it. Sometimes even if you love the aesthetics of an item, if its dimensions make it impractical or unsuitable for its purpose then you are well within your rights to start looking for an alternative.
While there could be nothing wrong per se with an object by itself — the colour, the pattern, the material etc could all be perfectly pleasant – if it clashes horribly with its surroundings, then you’ve got the perfect excuse to replace it. After all, you worked so hard on getting the rest of the room looking exactly how you wanted it, don’t let a single piece of furniture ruin it all.
You’ve found your dream piece
It doesn’t matter if a certain object serves its job perfectly well, looks good and everyone in the home is perfectly happy with it. If you find a replacement for it that you truly love, then go ahead and buy it and get rid of that old item right away. You could be walking down the street one day, when in some boutique shop window you find a lamp, rug or bookshelf that you must have, and no alternative will do. However, ask yourself is it true love? Is missing the opportunity of buying it going to keep you up at night? If not, it could just be a moment of madness — give it some thinking time before taking the plunge.
Buying furniture for your home is a hugely enjoyable activity, after all it’s a key part of the journey that makes a house feel like a home. However, it can get a little too addictive and you may find yourself just buying things you don’t need or want, purely for the sake of it. Remember these tips, and look out for items that truly captivate you.