How to invest in furniture that will last a lifetime

When furnishing a new home it is easy to get carried away with the excitement of buying new furniture. Whilst you may have the urge to rush out to your nearest homeware store to buy everything in sight, it is important to spend time on choosing items that will prove to be a great investment in the future. In this article we will offer tips on how to invest in furniture that will last a lifetime.

When choosing furniture for your home, keep in mind that although something is fashionable now, it may not be in next season!

Quality not quantity

‘Quality not quantity’ is a phrase that gets thrown around quite a lot, but when it comes to investing in furniture, you really do need to value quality over quantity. Whilst you may be able to purchase a number of pieces for the same price as one single piece, you need to think about the quality of the designs. Whereas the cheaper pieces are probably only going to last you a couple of years (meaning you will need to spend more money on replacing them), the more expensive piece is likely to last you for a much longer period of time. For example a dining table made from plywood is not going to last half as long as a dining table made from solid oak wood.

Trend-led vs. timeless design

Many chain homeware stores tend to focus on trend-led furniture designs. They will have new pieces in each season, depending on what the latest homeware magazines are claiming to be the latest trends. Although these pieces may look fantastic, it is important to think about whether or not they will still be fashionable in a couple of seasons’ time? Is it really worth spending your money on trend-led furniture designs when they may be unfashionable in a few months? A better decision would be to invest in pieces with classic, timeless designs that have already proved to stand the test of time.

Selecting key pieces

Whilst we think it is better to spend more money on high quality pieces of furniture that will last a lifetime, we understand that most people can’t afford to furnish every room in their house with premium quality furniture. This is why we advise selecting one or two key investment pieces for each room in your house. In order to choose these items, think about which furniture is the focal point of a particular room and what you will use the most. In your bedroom this will be your bed and wardrobe, whereas in your living room it would be your sofa and coffee table. It is much better to spend your money on key items that make the room what it is, rather than filling it with unnecessary clutter.

Leather sofas make fantastic investment pieces as they last for years and years!

Choosing materials

There are certain materials used to make furniture that are guaranteed to last much longer than others, as an example, rattan garden furniture is renowned for its hard wearing qualities. Leather is considered to be a premium quality material because it still looks beautiful even after years of wear. Although many furniture retailers now sell cheaper leather-look sofas, you have to decide whether it would be a better decision to spend more money on the real thing, in order to benefit from years of use and enjoyment. The same goes for buying wooden furniture. Although there are many alternatives to solid wood, such as veneer and laminate, if you are looking to invest in furniture that will last you a lifetime, then solid wood is the best choice!

Keep in mind the simple tips featured in this article when buying furniture and you are sure to select some fantastic investment pieces for your home.