A question I often hear is ‘when should I replace my bed/sofa/mattress?’
Furniture does not come with a ‘Best Before’ date so in some respects the question is a moot one. Many of us still have a prized item tucked away somewhere such as great, great grandmother’s dressing table.
Generally speaking, though, most items of furniture do have a date by when they are likely to be worn out:
Average Lifespan of Home Furnishings
- Sofa 7-15 years
- Upholstered chair 7-10 years
- Wooden chair 10-15 years
- Dining room table 15-20 years
- Coffee or occasional table 5-10 years
- Bed 15-20 years
- Chest of drawers 10-20 years
- Desk 10-15 years
- Wicker or rattan furniture 10 years
- Mattress 5-10 years
Obviously some pieces of furniture are better made and more hard wearing than others so these are just rough guides.
There are also some tell-tale signs that an item of furniture is wearing out:
Sofa or Upholstered Chair – listen for creaks and look for sagging cushions. Check the upholstery for odours, stains and rips.
Wooden Chair – danger signs are wobbly legs and splits in the wood. Upholstered chairs can have the upholstery replaced if the chair itself is sound.
Dining Room Table – they may suffer scratches, dents and burns but the most common reason for changing a dining room table is because it is no longer the right fit for the room it is in.
Coffee or Occasional Table – can be marked by hot cups, wet glasses and unwanted feet!
Bed – if it creaks it probably needs to be replaced. Children’s beds are often replaced as the child grows.
Chest of Drawers or Desk – if the drawers no longer move freely or it becomes unsteady it is time for a replacement.
Mattress – think about replacing if it sags or is uncomfortable, no longer providing a peaceful night’s sleep.
If you are in Gloucestershire and thinking about replacing some of your furniture, then pay a visit to Furniture Factory Outlet.