Furniture is pretty much crucial because we all need somewhere to sleep, eat, and carry out daily activities. If you’re faced with the task of furnishing a whole home, it can seem like a very expensive exercise.

A large part of decorating your home is furnishing it. Once you’ve spent all that money, you don’t want to have to buy new furniture anytime soon. So being able to make your furniture last longer will help you avoid having to spend any more money in the next few years. If you want your furniture to keep going, have a look at these tips to extend its lifespan.

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Buy to Last

If you don’t want your furniture to collapse after a year or two, you need to invest in quality pieces. We can all be attracted to a bargain, but it’s important to weigh the cost of something against the quality you’re going to receive. It’s not impossible to save money and get a quality product, but you have to be careful.

If you want to buy sturdy furniture and save money at the same time, consider getting secondhand pieces. If they’ve already held up for a number of years, they’re likely to keep going for even longer.

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Keep It Clean

Keeping your furniture clean is a crucial part of extending its lifespan. In particular, anything upholstered will benefit from being cleaned regularly. If you look for the best upholstery cleaner for fabric, you can easily keep it clean and fresh. Leather should be treated at least annually with a specialist leather cleaning product. Even furniture that’s covered, such as a dining room table with a cloth over it, will need cleaning with polish or oil each month. Other surfaces need great cleaning products to keep them fresh and germ-free.

Outdoor tables and chairs can often be cleaned with some soapy water in a bucket and then hosed down. Observe the manufacturers instructions and use the best method for the material, whether it’s wood, metal or plastic.

Make Repairs

There’s no need to replace a table, chair, or sofa as soon as it needs repairing. Whether it’s a small or large repair you can often take care of it yourself, especially if you have a local hardware store. There are many things you can do at home, such as repairing small scratches in wood or taking a staple gun to upholstery.

However, even if you need a professional to fix it, this will save you money compared to buying new furniture. It’s not hard to find out how to repair something – hello Google – or find a service that will do it for you.

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Treat It Kindly

Of course, you should try to treat your belongings gently so they last longer. One thing to consider is to create some rules. For example, you might decide that no pets are allowed on the sofa. Maybe drinks can only be put on the coffee table using coasters to avoid any stains. Not sitting heavily on chairs can help to prevent breakages, from seat springs to legs. Look after your furniture, and it will survive for longer.

If you want to avoid buying new furniture, treat your current set well. But don’t forget to invest in good furniture in the first place.

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