When Buying Furniture, Think Long-Term

When you’ve moved into your own, beautiful place, it’s important to fall in love with making it your own. This can bring passion and love to the space, but more importantly is just a comforting and rewarding activity to take part in. When decorating your home, there are a few mindsets you can adapt to do the best job. Perhaps the most important is to find things that adhere to your tastes. Of course, a uniform design and a well-thought-out, cohesive aesthetic needn’t run counter to this.

Additionally, you need to keep a strong sense of appropriate decision making when purchasing new furniture. It might be only choosing reclaimed wood for an item can feel quite ethical and wonderful to do, but add four or five of these items in a room, and it’s going to feel stuffy, and very, very brown. However, this decision depends on your tastes, as do most choices you make.

When buying furniture, think long-term. Consider the following:


How often are you going to need to repair the item in question? This will all depend on the quality and structure of the item you purchase. It might be that a large bedspread may need more maintenance than a wardrobe, as it’s used for a higher length of time in a 24 hour period. Of course, some repair jobs will often take less time than others. High quality and beautiful white wooden furniture might simply need a new coat of varnish or paint over the course of a decade, whereas cheaper, plastic and flatpack models might need entirely new parts replacing. It’s important to know that repair if needed thoroughly, might cost the difference you would have spent on a more beautiful item in the first place.

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with needing to repair or reupholster an item, of course, this can be half the fun in owning an item in the first place. However, there’s a difference between a fun time and a time of burden, so be sure to factor in this long-term mindset when choosing your piece.


Repair needs are one consideration. Repairing an item might simply denote a new change of paint, replacing the varnish, or perhaps sanding down a frayed edge. However, if the item is structurally unsafe, that’s when you need to start being more careful. For example, let’s say you’re in the market for a double bunk bed for your two young sons. Think of how sons are. They are energetic, jump up and down, and climb on just about anything. A cheap, badly made and knock-off bedframe isn’t going to hold up well against this testing, and that could mean real danger for your boys, who aren’t to be blamed for this behavior.

However, sometimes furniture can fall apart even without any extreme pressure, and when that happens you should start questioning your purchasing decisions. Use high-density materials, well crafted, from a manufacturer or retailer you begin to trust. Be sure to pay for this quality. You never know just what injury, or long-term problem you might save yourself.


Often highly-manufactured furniture can sometimes be wasteful in its design and doesn’t really have any character to it. Crafted pieces, with care and decoration, show a celebration of the carpenter’s craft and can help us feel connected to art. This is the most sustaining attitude to imbue your household with from now into the future, no matter your personal tastes.


Some furniture items will be out of date and look terrible in six months. There are some items can be timeless, and last for sixty years. This isn’t simply a marker of your ability to upkeep an item. Not to throw them under the bus, but no one expects an IKEA bedspread to last for decades. But more than, the fashion of the piece, the ability for its presence to be felt, and your general enjoyment of the item is worth much more than the basic and transitory sense of money saved.

If you can afford to go a little higher, you will pay for it with an item that not only lasts you in a fashionable sense but gains its own sense of character and history by simply being a fixture of your household. That can be a wonderful thing to foster, so be sure to keep this option on the table (pun intended.)

With these simple tips, buying furniture will be better achieved through the long-term mindset.

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