Home maintenance is expensive, and good timing is the difference between good investment and flushing money down your toilet. Which clogs. Because it should have been replaced. So how do we get the timing right? How do we know when to replace furniture? Here are some ideas that may help.


Damaged Framing

When you find that you are sinking into your furniture, you may discover the structure or framing is has become damaged. Sinking furniture is usually a sign that the damage is starting to impact the sitting experience. This can happen due to simple wear and tear, or something as insidious as termites. According to Preventive, “Termite damage can cause costly repairs and structural damage…They feed on cabinets, ceilings and wooden furniture and are tricky to terminate.” You want to have firm furniture that provides adequate support. You don’t want to risk any health problems in not getting the problem addressed.


Your Tastes May Have Evolved

You may be in a new mental space in life. You have found that a trip abroad inspired a new design theme you want to quickly implement. You may want to nix old furniture from a previous chapter in life, and purge completely. All of these scenarios could affect your design preferences. If your tastes have changed, then you might want to consider new furnishings to reflect those changes.


You Relocated to a Smaller or Larger Space

An oversized couch in a smaller room can make the room look a little crammed. A tiny couch in a large room may seem out of proportion with the room’s dimensions. Whatever the reason, you should replace the furniture to fit the size needs of the new space.


What Should be Replaced When?

As a rule of thumb, a decent sofa should last anywhere between seven and 15 years. You can look at the fabric and question the integrity of the framework, and from there, make a determination either way to replace it. If the frame is in good shape, then you may be able to simply reupholster the furniture. In most cases, reupholstering costs considerably more than one normally anticipates. You can spend as much money reupholstering furniture as you could replacing it altogether.


Mattresses should be replaced every 5 or 10 years. This holds true for both spring and memory foam mattresses. The reason is that, even with deep cleaning, the mattress still accumulates dust. It undergoes a significant amount of stress if it is used daily for 10 consecutive years.


Materials and Furniture

Lightweight materials used in furniture are more prone to damage. Materials like wood-composite are delicate. Frames made of hardwood are more resilient than others. How the frames are assembled also makes a difference in the longevity of the furniture. How the furniture is reinforced and the materials used to join pieces together all play a role in how well the furniture withstands stress. Polyester, hardwood and metals are durable materials that tend to stand the test of time.


It may be time to replace the furniture if you see signs of wear and tear or if you find it serves no purpose to you at this stage in your life. If you want to extend the service life, you can have your couch reupholstered. You can also have it cleaned often to prevent fabrics from being worn out by stains and accumulated allergens.


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