Buying a high-quality piece of wood or upholstered furniture does provide you with the comfort of knowing your furniture is built to last. But, that doesn’t mean you can just drop it in your home and forget it.
Sometimes it’s the simplest things you overlook that can cause the most damage. So, if you’ve ever wondered what the best ways to ruin your furniture are – we’re laying them out for you. Because, as they say, the best defense is a good offense.
Learn what to avoid now so you can get the most out of your furniture.
Perhaps the most common mistake you can make is neglecting to think about sun exposure. Most fabrics and leather will fade if they're exposed to sunlight over time. The same is true for rugs, dining tables, and chairs.
There are a few solutions to this problem. The first is to use a Sunbrella fabric on a sofa that you know will receive direct, bright sunlight. Sunbrella is designed specifically for protection against fading.
The second solution is to rotate furniture like rugs and dining tables that are placed by a window. Rotation will ensure the color fades (or darkens in the case of some wood types like Cherry) equally over time.
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Flipping and rotating your cushions feels like something your grandmother might have done. But, the fact is, it’s done for a reason and it shouldn’t be overlooked. Not rotating or flipping cushions lessens the life of the foam in your cushions and can cause sagging and unevenness over time.
This is especially true if you tend to relax on the couch in the same spot every night. Flipping, fluffing, and rotating your cushions is a less than 10-minute activity that will hugely improve the quality of your sofa over time.
How often should you do it? Once every few weeks or once a month, depending on how often you use the sofa.
Sometimes we have the best intentions but end up doing more harm than good. When you buy a piece of furniture, make sure you know exactly how to clean it and with what products.
When in doubt, avoid anything harsh. But be sure to reference the cleaning codes when it comes to a new fabric or rug. For a quick reference, check out our Furniture Care page to learn the basics when it comes to caring for leather, wood, and upholstery.
And when it comes to weekly maintenance of your furniture, vacuuming and dusting regularly go a long way.
Hardwood furniture is built to last. We’re betting you have at least one heirloom chair or table in your house from decades ago. But, that doesn’t mean it’s invincible. Here are a few tips on what to avoid from Tim Copeland, the President of Copeland Furniture:
Quick tip: A leather pocketbook or blue jeans can also transfer color onto a white sofa.
Linda, our Store Manager in Boston, also points out that you can chip wood with a vacuum. Long story short? Exercise a little caution with your wood furniture, and it’ll pay out in the long-term.
When you break it down, it doesn’t require too much effort to care for your furniture. And, if you’ve invested money into a high-quality piece, it’s worth investing a little time into its maintenance.
However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a back-up plan. Even if you opt for a performance fabric, spills, stains, and rips happen. If you can, investing in a furniture protection plan is a great option. Just be sure to be clear about what’s covered and what isn’t.
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Author: Julia Maiman
Julia is a writer, blogger, and believer in the smell of old books. She has been crafting stories since she could put pen to paper. She is also a lover of dogs, traveling, and Led Zeppelin.