Couch Designs

How To Identify When It's Time For A Furniture Update

Struggling to identify when furniture is getting old? Follow this guide and you'll know exactly when you need to update your furniture.

How often should you change furniture?

There's no hard and fast rule about when you need to replace furniture. But there are some guidelines to consider. We know that shopping for furniture is one of the most fun ways to kill time, so if you need us to encourage you to buy new stuff, we'll certainly help!

  • Lifestyle shifts: Consider changes every 5-10 years to match evolving needs and style preferences.
  • Wear and tear: Evaluate furniture condition; replace pieces showing significant wear, around 10-15 years.
  • Trend touch-ups: Update accessories or fabrics every 2-3 years to keep your space looking current.
  • Personal whims: Whenever you crave a fresh look or your heart desires a change, go for it!

Changing furniture keeps your space dynamic. Adapt to life's chapters while infusing your home with renewed excitement.

How often does the average person get a new couch?

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Let's be honest, you're not the average person if you're doing proper research for interior design advice. Even so, there is an average lifespan for most living room couches. So if your hide a bed couch has become a "hide the couch and the bed couch" then it might be time to invest in new furniture.

  • Every 7-15 years: Most replace couches after 7-15 years due to wear, style shifts, or lifestyle changes.
  • Family matters: Families with kids or pets might upgrade more often, around every 5-10 years.
  • Design enthusiasts: Trend lovers might swap every 5 years to stay current with decor fashions.
  • Time for transformation: Feeling ready for a fresh vibe? Change it up whenever your spirit calls for it.

We all want our couches to last forever, but if you look around your room and notice that most of your furniture is hanging on with bits and pieces you've swapped out with Home Depot furniture legs, we think you know what you need to do.

How do you know when you need a new couch?

Are you looking at your gray sectional and realizing that it used to be white? Gulp. Before rushing to Google and furiously typing "interior designers near me," let us give you some tips about when you might truly need new furniture. But seriously, if your sofa's looking gray then it's time for a new couch and loveseat set.

  • Sagging situation: If cushions are permanently flattened, it's a telltale sign to seek a comfier companion.
  • Creaky tunes: Excessive squeaks and creaks indicate structural wear; it's like your couch's way of saying, "I'm tired."
  • Fabric fiascos: Irreparable stains, tears, or fading make your couch look like it's seen better days.
  • Style stalemate: When your sofa's style no longer syncs with your evolving taste, it's a sign to embrace change.

If your couch's tale of comfort and style is turning into a saga of discomfort and disarray, it's time to let your living room decor ideas flow.

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
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