Investing in quality furniture can be a large investment; it can be the largest investment after the purchase of your home and car. I know you don’t think twice about properly maintaining your car and keeping your house up to date by painting and replacing worn floors so why wouldn’t you give your furniture the same care?
Your furniture gets used quite a bit, especially if you have parties and get-togethers like we do in addition to having teenagers. You can make your furniture last much longer if you adhere to some of the suggestions we will give you here.
The first thing should be a no-brainer, Keep your furniture clean! I know, it should be obvious but this is one of the leading causes of furniture looking bad and breaking down. Vacuum cloth furniture on a regular basis. If you have furniture constructed of leather, wipe it down with a good leather treatment product and keep your wood furniture looking new by keeping it polished with good wood oil.
If your furniture is already worn, there are still some steps you can take to restore it. This is especially easy with wood furniture, as you have several options. First you can strip the furniture down, sand it and repaint it and totally change the entire look of the piece of furniture. Another option is to paint it. You can just paint it a flat color or you can choose a custom paint finish or if you are a little creative you can paint a theme on it. I painted my son’s furniture with surf scenes since he is all into surfing.
For minor scratches, one trick is to simply get wax crayons that are similar in color to fill in the cracks, or even shoe polish works sometimes.
With upholstered furniture you can easily renew them by just having them reupholstered and get a completely new look in the process. This is another good argument for buying quality furniture. There is not point spending the money on reupholstering cheap furniture that is not built properly. If you look at some of the furniture like your grandparents probably still have, you know what I mean. They may have a couch that they have had for fifty years!
And yet another way to revive tired looking furniture is to simply move your room around or switch the rooms that your furniture is in. Take the armchair that has been in your living room since you bought the house and move it to the bedroom. Take the unused chair in the spare room and move it by the front door. Simple changes like this will help you cycle your furniture from heavy use areas to light use areas, which will help maintain their life, and will help you enjoy them as if they were new.