Ever wondered if furniture has expiration dates? Technically no. Unlike perishable items such as food, furniture does not expire. However, they do weaken and suffer from damages over the years, and may require replacement every once in a while. The life expectancy of most pieces vary, and is largely dependent on the material used, how they are constructed, the amount of daily use, and if they are well taken care of.
Although old furniture holds sentimental value, they shouldn’t be used continuously and not replaced. New furniture can be an important part of health and safety, and are worth the investment. This is because old furniture such as wooden bed frames, dining chairs, or even your storage cabinets can harbour lots of dust mites that may cause allergies, or weakened structures that may result in injury.
Here's a guide to when you should be replacing your home furniture.
Average Lifespan of Furniture
Most living room furniture such as sofas, coffee tables and armchairs and dining room furniture such as wooden dining chairs and tables can last anywhere between three to five years. Others may remain in good condition for longer. However, this life expectancy will increase or decrease depending on the material, usage and maintenance.
How Do I Know it’s Time to Replace my Furniture?
Pieces of furniture that look fine even after years of use may have weakened and are dangerous to use continually. There may also be furniture that looks relatively new and needs no replacement, but is no longer suitable for your family. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine whether you need to replace them.
- Has the furniture sustained damages beyond repair?
- Is the upholstery clean or stained and dirty?
- Does the furniture still fit the space and serve its purpose well?
Here are some signs that indicate a need for replacement.
Living Room Furniture
- Upholstered Seats: Sagging cushions, fading colours, creaking sounds, lack of lumbar support, dirty and smelly or peeling and ripped upholstery. Faulty reclining mechanisms.
- Coffee/End/Side Tables: Stains, discolouration, unstable frame, chips, scratches, and dents.
- TV Consoles: Cracks, chips, dents, and/or problems with stability. TV consoles should be sturdy enough to support the television and other entertainment units.
Dining Room Furniture
- Dining Chairs: Wobbly legs, splitting wood, or dirty upholstery. If your dining chairs are still in good condition but have filthy upholstery, you can simply replace the upholstery instead.
- Dining Tables: Scratches, dents, burns, chips, weak structural integrity. Consider sintered stone dining tables for your new one as it is resistant to scratches, chips and heat.
- Chest of Drawers: Unstable frame, drawers cannot open and close properly, or mite infestation.
- Bed Frame: Creaking sounds, sagging, lack of support or too small for your children
- Mattress: Sagging, strong odours, bad stains, or lack of support
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