Should You Replace Furniture During Your Remodel?
If you plan on remodeling your home, then you might be wondering whether you should keep your old furniture or get rid of it. Well, it depends. A lot of homeowners get completely new furniture when remodeling their home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t reuse your current furniture. So, how do you decide? When it comes to choosing whether or not to replace your furniture during your remodel, there are many things to consider, from the age of the furniture to your changing tastes.
Let’s look at the many factors that may determine if you should keep certain furniture spaces. Then, we will offer some tips on how you can update the furniture you like to make it go with the space.
When Should You Replace Your Furniture?
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Before you even begin the remodeling process, you should first decide what you’re going to do with your furniture. This will allow you to make more cohesive space.
If you’re having trouble deciding what to do with your furniture, there are a few things you should consider. There are many scenarios where you may want to replace your furniture or reuse it.
Below, we list some of the most common reasons why you’d want to get rid of your furniture during a remodel. You might want to replace your furniture if:
- The piece of furniture is broken beyond repair
- The upholstery is stained or threadbare
- The furniture no longer fits the space where it’s used due to the remodel
- The furniture is no longer comfortable to use
- Your tastes and needs change after remodeling
- You have old furniture that no longer matches the aesthetics of your space
Now let’s look at the average lifespan of the most common furniture pieces:
Average Lifespan of Common Furniture Pieces
- Sofa: 7-15 Years
- Upholstered Chair: 7-10 Years
- Wooden Chair: 10-15 Years
- Dining Room Table: 15-20 Years
- Coffee/End Tables: 5-10 Years
- Bed Frame: 15-20 Years
- Chest of Drawers or Dressers: 10-20 Years
- Desk: 15 Years
- Office Chair: 7-10 Years
- Metal Patio Furniture: 10 Years
- Wicker or Rattan Furniture: 10 Years
- Mattress: 5-10 Years
Still not sure? Let’s go into even more detail by looking at reasons why you may need to replace different types of furniture:
- Mattress: Is noticeably saggy, is making more noise than usual, or you regularly wake up with muscles or stiff joints.
- Bed frame: Begins to creak, you need a larger size.
- Dresser: The frame is no longer sturdy, drawers no longer open or close easily.
- Dining room table: The surface is scratched, dented, or burned due to normal wear and tear, damage to the table top is unsightly or is difficult to repair, it’s become too large or too small to fit the room comfortably.
- Dining room chairs: If the legs have become wobbly and further tightening the screws is impossible, the upholstery is frayed or has holes or stains, you want to add more chairs to entertain guests, they no longer match your dining room table
- Sofa: The seats are sagging, the fabric is stained and worn, the frame is breaking down or squeaking.
- Coffee/end table: Has become wobbly, looks unsightly, no longer fits the space or style of the room.
- Desk: Becomes wobbly, drawers don’t open or close easily.
- Office chair: Upholstery has become frayed, offers no lumbar support, no longer comfortable to sit in.
- Patio furniture: Is unstable, won’t support the weight of an adult
When Should You Reuse Your Furniture?
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Not in a hurry to replace your furniture? Below are some reasons why you may want to keep or repurpose your furniture.
- You really like the aesthetics of your current furniture
- Your furniture has sentimental value
- You think it could work in a different space
- The furniture piece could be restored with a new coat of paint, wood stain, or updated hardware, new upholstery
- You have an antique piece
Updating Your Furniture to Go With the Newly Remodeled Space
Buying furniture brand new can be an investment. This can be a problem if you’re on a budget. What if you found ways to reuse your furniture to make it go with the newly remodeled space? One way is to update the paint job. For example, imagine that you’ve updated your bedroom to a more modern style. If you have an old, wooden dresser that has a few scuffs but is otherwise in good shape, you can paint it a different color to make it look more modern.
Or maybe you have a slightly worn dining room table. You can refinish it by gently sanding it and re-staining it with a new, more modern finish that works with your home better. Just these simple updates can drastically change the whole look of your dining table.
Have a sofa you don’t love anymore? Spruce it up by adding different pillows that go with the new design of your living room.
There are so many unique and stylish ways to update your existing furniture! The key is to do your research and be creative!
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