Picking out new furniture can be a fun but equally stressful experience, especially when picking out something new for your family.
Proper furniture isn’t something you can afford to skimp on: likewise, high quality furniture represents a sound investment in your home for years to come. Although your children may outgrow certain pieces, you should ideally strive to pick out furniture that will stand the test of time and last for the long-term. Likewise, there are five questions you should ask yourself if you’re considering bringing a new piece into your home.
Is it Sturdy?
When our children leave the realm of toddlerhood and are big enough to sleep in their own beds, we obviously want something sturdy and secure. Same rules apply for dressers and nightstands, as we don’t want anything that could potentially tip over or fall apart. Therefore, consider investing in a set of solid wood furniture to give yourself some peace of mind.
After all, wooden pieces will last forever and can certainly take a beating. Instead of worrying about cracks and creaking, pick out solid pieces that are much less likely to break down or suffer the typical wear and tear of cheaper materials.
Is It Safe?
Beyond sturdiness, sharp edges are a concern for metal and wooden furniture, which are sturdy yet potentially pose a safety hazard for young ones. Thankfully, you can buy safety cushions and edge covers to eliminate edge dangers without having to sacrifice style. When your child is old enough to avoid simple bumps and bruises, you can simply remove such items accordingly.
How Do I Keep It Clean?
Different furniture materials play by different rules in regard to cleaning. Generally speaking, wooden and metal pieces are relatively straightforward (think: avoid water on unfinished wood, use mineral spirits on metal) and can be kept tidy with regular dusting and maintenance. Keep in mind that you may have to clean your furniture more depending on how close it is to the ground and whether or not you have children or pets prone to accidents.
Is It Within Your Budget?
The price tag is often the determining factor as to whether or not we choose to invest in a new piece. Bear in mind again that many people may hold onto to their high-quality furniture for generations versus Ikea pieces that break down easily and often must be replaced. Ask yourself before buying whether or not the piece in question is going to last a lifetime or need replacing by the time you decide to move.
Can I Pass It On?
Ideally, you should buy pieces that you can pass on to your children in terms of sturdiness and style. Wooden furniture fits in just about anywhere regardless of décor, making it an ideal choice for most buyers. By buying pieces that last for the long-term, you again make the most of your purchase.
There’s more to buying furniture for your family that meets the eye. Ease your worries by picking out sturdy pieces that will stand the test of time: you’ll be thanking yourself years down the road.