New Year, New You: 5 Ways to Tell if It’s Time for New Furniture
Hoarding. Collecting. Having a hard time letting go. We’re all guilty of it, especially when it comes to home furnishings. The typical life cycle of furniture goes something like this: the once-beloved couch first moves to the bonus room for guests to sleep on, then moves to the garage, then finally to a cul-de-sac for the neighborhood rummage sale. We get it. It can be so difficult to get rid of that ugly armoire your mother-in-law gifted you or the tacky coffee table your friend made you in art school—the guilt of letting it go can make it feel it’s not worth the trouble.
Never fear! It’s a new year and we’re not doing guilt in 2020. Now is the time to get rid of all the over-used, uncomfortable, ugly furnishings bringing your house vibe down. Furniture Fair has the selection and deals to help you feel good about saying, “Out with the old, in with the new!”
Need more than just a pep talk? Here are 5 unmistakable ways to tell if it’s time for new furniture.
Pain is the way our bodies tell us to stop doing something. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort after using your furniture, there’s really no excuse for holding on to it. The surfaces we sit and sleep on—the desk chair, the sofa, the bed or the recliner—can all have serious ramifications for the lumbar region with continued use. As anyone with chronic back pain will tell you, risking the long-term functioning of your body is simply not worth it. If you’re in pain, time to replace.
Time always wins. This is especially true with our furniture. The couch that was once comfy is now saggy and torn. The mattress on which you once slept so soundly is now lumpy. This is just part of life. Deciding on new furniture can be as simple as replacing something that no longer functions. You don’t keep using a toaster that continually burns your toast, do you? So why keep the recliner whose cushions are thrashed and no longer reclines properly?
You’ve probably noticed that smell at a friend or relative’s house: a musty, lived-in, slightly sour smell emanating from a piece of furniture that’s been around a long time. The minute you notice that smell in your home you can be sure that those who don’t live with you have noticed it previously. It’s time to replace the offending furniture.
Similarly, furniture that’s been around the block can’t help but acquire stains. Life happens. The kids are going to poke the wrong side of the juice box, the dog will track in mud, your friend will eventually spill that glass of wine they’ve been clutching for your entire party. We have the tendency to fight this inevitability with cleaning sprays and decorative blankets, but eventually, we must face the music: it’s time to replace the sofa with the guacamole stain from your Super Bowl party three years ago.
Moving: it’s the worst, right up there with being fired or getting audited. However, while there is rarely a silver lining to losing your job or being under investigation by the IRS, one great opportunity comes from moving: you have an excuse to buy new furniture! Why move that old mattress you hate? Why lug around the wraparound couch your ex left when they moved out? Leave it behind and treat yourself to something new to match the new house! Another perk: purging old furniture feels great. Often you didn’t realize how much you were feeling held hostage by your old furnishings until you finally let them go. So, if you’re moving, leave your junk behind. A fresh start at your new home is priceless.
Congratulations on expecting! Anyone who’s got a baby on the way will tell you: new babies need new furnishings. You’ll want the baby’s room stocked and ready in time for their arrival. While some parents opt to go with hand-me-downs to save money, the long-term health and comfort of your child are worth the investment. Often, when your family is growing you have to move into a larger home. If that’s the case, you have even more reason to replace the furniture your family has outgrown.
Regardless of which reason works for you, Furniture Fair has the selection and knowledgeable staff to get the right home furnishings for your space. Furniture Fair has nearly 60 years’ experience offering quality furniture at fair prices with exemplary service. Visit any of Furniture Fair’s 11 locations around Cincinnati, Dayton, or Louisville or get started at furniturefair.net today.