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5 Cheap Ways to Extend the Life of Your Furniture

Personal Finance

Do you take the extra effort to extend the life of your furniture?

An abandoned red sofa

Do you realize that your furniture is one of the most expensive items in your house right now?

If you’re like the average person, your living room set probably cost you over $2,000, and that price only included the sofa, love seat, and ottoman.

Since this is such a huge purchase that digs deeply into our bank accounts, you’d think that we would take better care of our furniture and make more of an effort to avoid replacing it within the next three or four years.

If, instead, you’re able to extend the life of your furniture to 10 or 15 years, you could be saving yourself tens of thousands of dollars in your lifetime.

So how can you extend the life of your furniture?

Keep It Simple

I’d say that for most people, they don’t necessarily replace their furniture because it’s stained or because the springs are popping out of it, it’s because the furniture just lost its style.

What was once popular 3 years ago is definitely not popular now, and while it just looked so great when you purchased it, now it seems so out of place and embarrassing.

To avoid having your trendy furniture turn into ugly furniture over the course of just a few years, try to keep the basic style and pattern of your furniture fairly simple.

Choose soft colors and subtle patterns that will stay in style for a while. Then, if you need some flair or pop, choose some bold colored accent pillows or lap blankets.

It will give your living space that extra something without committing all of your finances into a piece of furniture that might go out of style before your bank account recovers.

Stain Proofing

Sure, stain proofing can cost and extra hundred bucks or so, but if you somehow drop that grape juice on the cushion in the next few weeks, you’ll sure be glad you did.

Plus, with stain proofing, you’ll typically get a guarantee of replacement if the stain doesn’t come out, so you’re covered either way. That stain will disappear and it will cost you absolutely nothing in the process.

Use the Table for Eating, Not Your Couch

The sofa was never made for fine dining, so if you’re constantly eating and dropping food on the cushions, you can’t expect it to hold up that long.

If you really want your furniture to last, you’ll take your food to the table where it belongs.

If you spill there, you know what you do? You simply wipe it up. Easy as that.

Keep the Pets Away

I know that pets are becoming the norm these days, but they don’t have to sit everywhere you do.

Dog and cat hair is very difficult to clean out of fabric, so when you allow them to sit up on your furniture, they are not only getting their hair stuck in the cushions, but their sweat and odors are trapping themselves into the fabric as well.

If you can keep your pets off of your furniture, it will most definitely last longer.

Keep it Clean

Just like with clothing, if you keep your furniture clean and care for it properly, it will last so much longer; and, it will look better too!

If you have a leather sofa, be sure to treat the leather once in a while so it doesn’t split or crack. If you’ve got cloth cushion, get that vacuum out once in a while.

If you don’t, then every time you sit your butt in the cushions, you’ll be pushing that dirt in farther and farther.

Without cleaning your furniture regularly, you are severely limiting its life.

What things do you do to ensure your furniture stays in top condition?

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