When it Is Time To Replace Your Furniture

October 12, 2018

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Unless you just moved into your home and purchased brand-new pieces to fill it with, you've probably had your furniture for a long time. Once you've found a piece that fits with your space, aesthetic, and budget, you never want to let it go. But the sad truth is nothing lasts forever, including your home goods. Here's how often you should replace your favorite pieces, according to the people who make them. Mattresses under $1,000 should be replaced every 7 years. Models over $1,000 will stick around for 10 to 15 years, with a little closer to that 15 year mark if your mattress has dense foam (at least four pounds per cubic inch) or latex as they're more durable. Sofa/couch should be replaced every 7 to 15 years. How quickly you need to replace your sofa is entirely dependent upon the quality of the construction and materials. The signs your couch has had it is if it squeaks or cracks when you sit down in it, saggy cushions and fabric that is pooling and general wear and tea where the upholstery fabric is tearing.  Your dining set needs to be replaced after 15-20 years. You should replace your set if your table and chairs are wobbly or unbalanced. Better quality pieces last longer, typically between 15-20 years. For a dining set that will last for that long, look for solid, kiln-dried woods like walnut, oak, and rubberwood. But one item that lasts a lifetime is your dinnerware. There's a reason your great, great grandmother's China has been passed down from generation to generation. Unless your plates, mugs, and bowls fall and break, they'll last for a lifetime. If you are looking for new plates should consider a dishwasher-safe porcelain. It is non-porous, which means it doesn't absorb water or stain. Translation? You can sip tea and devour pasta sauce (stain-free) for years to come.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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