Household furniture is a significant investment, so it’s understandable for homeowners to expect it to last a very long time. The quality of furniture you buy has a huge impact on how long it will last, but there are also ways to increase the longevity of pieces you love with proper maintenance and cleaning.
Here is some information about how long quality furniture is meant to last and what homeowners can do to increase the lifespan of their furniture. We’ll also address the best methods for furniture disposal and when its time to finally replace furniture that’s worn out its welcome.
Lifespan of a Couch
Many people keep couches until they develop serious damage, but the average sofa is only meant to last between seven and 15 years. Of course, there are many different types of sofas, so the lifespan of a couch in your home will depend upon the upholstery, construction, and level of use. Natural fabrics, such as cotton and linen, may not repel stains very well, while leather can be easily cleaned and polished with specialized conditioner.
Fortunately, there are ways to extend the lifespan of a couch, such as rotating the cushions and tightening loose screws in the frame and joints. It’s also a good idea to vacuum food crumbs and dirt from a couch’s crevices every once in a while, and use stain treatment solutions made for the specific fabric of your couch.
Mattress Lifespan Expectations
The average mattress is mean to last about five to 10 years. This is true whether you have a spring mattress or a memory foam mattress, so take a moment to try to remember when you purchased your current one.
To keep your mattress for as long as possible, make sure to rotate it every couple of months, and use a bed frame that has supports in the center of it. It should also go without saying that letting your kids use beds as trampolines will decrease the lifespan of any mattress!
Other Furniture Lifespans
There are many other pieces of furniture in a home that people tend to keep for too long and end up dealing with expensive repairs or even health problems. Again, the quality of furnishings will often dictate when a replacement is needed. For example, cheap carpet may only last you a few years, while high-end carpets can last a couple decades with regular use.
Dining room tables and chairs can last for many years, especially if the chairs do not have upholstery. You can keep wooden tables and chairs looking great for additional years by polishing them regularly and repairing nicks and scratches as soon as they occur.
A home office chair may last between seven to ten years, but significant ergonomic improvements have been made in the office furniture industry lately. This means that it may be time to upgrade your current office desk and chair to more ergonomic versions to preserve the health of your neck, back, and spine. This is true even if the quality of your non-ergonomic furniture is still in-tact.
To preserve and extend the lifespan of many types of furniture, make sure to tighten screws because furniture joints can become loose and wobblily over time. Polishing hardware, scrubbing away dirt and grime with the appropriate type of cleaner, and avoiding direct sunlight with your furniture placement can also help to keep furniture looking and performing well. Homeowners can also protect furniture from water stains by using coasters, cover up scratches with varnishes or stains, and utilize slip covers to protect fabrics when in use by kids, pets, or guests.
Even appliances in your home have a natural lifespan that you should be aware of. For example, washers and tryers tend to last about 10 to 15 years, and they’ll often perform worse or require more maintenance repairs after that period of time.
When to Replace Furniture
The decision to replace furniture in your home is a big one and certainly not one to be taken lightly. For instance, if you replace your sofa, it may be necessary to replace chairs as well to coordinate colors and textures. However, mattress replacements are somewhat easier because these pieces of furniture are covered with sheets, comforters, and pillows.
It may be time to replace a couch when it begins to sag, when it no longer supports your weight, or when its stains can longer be easily removed. Couches that have faded colors, frayed fabrics, or that creak when you sit on them may also be in need of replacement. If pieces of your furniture are antique or have nostalgic value, you may want to consider consulting an upholstery specialist or repair expert before attempting a repair yourself.
Mattresses typically need to be replaced when you’ve put in at least 30,000 hours in your bed, which is around the time mattresses become less supportive. At that point, you may feel achier and stiffer when you wake up in the morning or notice sags or lumps in the mattress. The human body isn’t able to tolerate as much pressure with age, so older adults often benefit from more frequent mattress replacements.
Of course, broken and unsupportive pieces of furniture aren’t the only good reasons to replace furniture. Perhaps your current furniture has simply gone out of style or you’re tired of looking at the same colors or designs. Or maybe your family has grown or shrunk in size, leaving you with different furniture needs than you have had in the past. Whatever the reason, local furniture stores like Furniture Barn are here to help you make the best decisions for your budget and household needs.
Furniture Disposal Solutions
Another big concern among homeowners looking to replace furniture is the furniture disposal of old, unwanted items. Depending on where you live and the condition of your used furniture, you may be able to gift, donate, or sell your items before sending them to the landfill. Goodwill and Salvation Army facilities will often accept used couches and other pieces of furniture. Some facilities may even offer to pick up your donated furniture at no cost. You can also consider giving used furniture away to a local school, church, or homeless shelter.
If your furniture is still in particularly good condition when you purchase a new piece, you may want to try to sell it on Craigslist, eBay, or OfferUp. This process can take a fair amount of time and negotiations, but it could make your new furniture purchase a bit more affordable. For furniture disposal for heavily damaged or overly used items, contact your local municipality to ask about haul-away services that are part of your town’s regular trash pick-up.
The Benefits of Buying High Quality
It may be tempting to buy cheaply made furniture because of its availability and low cost. But this is something that almost always ends up costing homeowners and apartment-dwellers more time and money in the long run. It costs far less over time to invest in high quality furniture that you can rely upon than to pick up poorly made items that require repairs and replacements every few months or years.
At Furniture Barn, we only sell high quality furniture that you’ll fall in love with and can rely on for many years. Feel free to browse our website or stop by our store in Cheshire to discover potential furniture replacement options for your living room, bedrooms, dining room, home office, entertainment area, and outdoor spaces. And as a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, we also take pride in minimizing our carbon emissions and reducing our consumption of un-recyclable materials. In this way, you can feel great about your long-term furniture purchase and the methods by which our materials were chosen and sourced!