When Should You Replace Old Furniture?

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There might come a time when the furniture we have in our homes is no longer fit for purpose. As sad as that day may be,especially when the furniture we own holds special memories – they may have been passed down to us from older generations of our family, for example – we do have to question the viability of keeping certain pieces as time moves on.

To help you, consider the following when you ask yourself the question:

Is it time to replace the furniture?

You might want to replace your old furniture when…

1. It is Broken Beyond Repair

If your wooden dining table and chairs have legs that are barely standing, you don’t want to run the risk of everything collapsing when you’re eating your Sunday roast! You can replace your set with oak furniture that will last for many more years to come, without the risk of damage to yourselves and your best crockery.

Similarly, if you have any other wooden items like cabinets, lamp stands, or coffee tables, replace them if the wood has split, and they are no longer structurally safe to have in your home. The same applies to chairs, sofas, cushions and textiles. As they start to show their age, and begin to appear damaged and dated, it’s time for change.

2. The Comfort Factor Has Gone

If the lumbar support in your sofa has gone, and the cushions are battered and sagging from overuse, then you might want to consider replacing it with one of the sofas here.

And the same applies to your bed. If the headboard is structurally weak, the bed frame has begun to creak, OR your mattress is causing you to toss and turn in discomfort, it’s time to opt for something new, allowing you to have a better night’s sleep on something designed for comfort.

3. You Are Lacking in Space

Perhaps you have moved home, and you don’t have enough space for every item of furniture you own. Or perhaps you have redesigned your living space, and certain items of your furniture don’t fit into the new equation (a problem we have experienced ourselves with our new home).

Whatever the case, it’s probably time to declutter your home by removing anything that is now surplus to requirements. So, if there is anything that you have a duplicate of or don’t necessarily need anymore, you might want to consider selling or donating those surplus items to charity, instead of allowing them take up space in your home or gather dust!

4. Your Taste Has Changed

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Sure, that lime green sofa may have looked fantastic back in the day, but if it no longer matches your current taste in decor, it’s probably time to get rid of it. And the same applies to those items of furniture that you have never really liked anyway. If they were passed down to you from older generations, they might not fit your modern tastes.

And if you were gifted something, perhaps when you were first setting up your new home, you may now decide to get rid of it if it doesn’t match your current preferences. While you could put some of these items into your loft or garage, you might want to finally say goodbye to those pieces that no longer find favour with your eye.

So, if you have identified any pieces that you no longer need in your home, you might want to use the ideas here when getting rid of them. Both you and your home will benefit if you do, as you might then have the space to replace your old furniture with something that looks better, feels better, and that will last you a lot longer.

Got Something to Add?

How do you know when it’s time to replace furniture, especially furniture that holds special meaning to you? Let us know in the comments section below.

Until next time, happy furniture shopping.

Helen, Nial and Lewis.


Welcome to Pikalily, an award-winning food, travel and lifestyle blog. We are Nial and Helen, a happily married couple from Northern Ireland, who share a passion for food and travel among many things. We became parents to our beautiful boy Lewis in 2017. Follow our adventures through the blog.

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