New furniture isn’t always better.

A photo of a room filled with antique bookshelves and wood furniture, a white antique armchair, and an upholstered couch.

Nope, you are not imagining it. That ‘newer’ furniture you bought, expecting it to last a very long time, might not be holding up as long as you had hoped for. But somehow, the antiques from your ancestors seem to hold up forever.

It’s a problem that is showing up in many homes that have upgraded furnishings, especially since COVID.  There is not one reason, but many factors at play here. It seems that the drive to create a better living space, because we spent so much time at home during COVID, may have shed light on the dirty little secret. We pay a lot for stylish home furnishings from trusted retailers. But it doesn’t last like it did when your grandparents bought furniture.

The increasing interest in hygge, the Danish phenomenon of comfort/happiness/coziness, has led some of us to a very curated living space. We are spending more, and thinking more, about those spaces.

  • We want to improve our lifestyle and well-being, one room at a time
  • We want to be happy in our homes
  • We want our furniture to last
  • We don’t want to shop for multiple replacement couches in a decade

Take a look at this article from the Wall Street Journal for more information on why:

Consider shopping second hand. Or  check out what is available through your older relatives, neighbors, and friends when they downsize. Look for pieces that you can have reupholstered, to make your own, and keep forever.

If you are in the Rochester or Finger Lakes region of New York, contact Green Zipper Upholstery for your reupholstery needs.