There are many reasons for buying furniture, but the most important underlying reason is that it is the backdrop to our lives. Our furnishing needs change as our lives go through changes both big and small.
We need furniture for more comfortable lives and use it for storage, for sitting on, and for sleeping. Going beyond the basics, it is also there to express our sense of style. And as our needs and life circumstances change, so does our furniture.
Here are some life changes that call for buying furniture:
When You Change or Remodel a Home
When you change or remodel a home, the old furniture may not look right or even fit. If you move far from your present home, the new climate and surroundings might call for a completely different way to furnish.
Depending on the new home, you may need furniture that is different in size or style. When you add a room or remodel, there might be some need for additional furniture or furniture that addresses a different need depending on the reason for the additional space.
When You Move in Together or Get Married
Getting married and moving in together means setting up a home with a significant other. It often entails furnishing differently because the same space turns into a new home that has to cater to the needs of two people instead of just one.
The old furniture might not be right for the new living conditions. A different bed might be needed, the recliner in front of the TV may have to make room for a new sofa, or a different sofa might be needed to make room for a recliner. There may be a need for additional storage. You might also need to set up a kids' room if there is a child in the picture.
If You Get Divorced
Getting divorced also changes how one lives because one's needs can change. One of the partners has to move, and for that person, it is a time to start anew. A newly single person may want to decorate differently to do away with reminders of a stressful time. It could also be an opportunity to furnish as one wants to, as opposed to compromising with someone else's idea of furnishing.
When You Have a New Baby, or a Growing Child
A new baby needs furniture that addresses his or her needs. A baby's needs might include a crib, a changing table, and storage furniture. The new mom might need a glider or some other comfortable seat in the baby's room for nursing and comforting the child. As the child grows his needs will change, as the crib is outgrown, there is a need for additional storage. You might need to set up a play area, and later set up a workstation for getting homework done.
When Your Children Move Out
When a child moves off to college, it is a time to rejoice. It also means that you may need to help furnish your child's dorm or first apartment away from home. Your child's empty room can now be turned into a home office, hobby room, or a guest room. All those changes often call for new furnishings.
When Elderly Parents Move In
Furniture can sometimes be age specific. Just as you would need to furnish for a new baby, an aging parent that moves into your home may also need special furniture to feel comfortable. Very often a lift chair may be required for someone who finds it hard to get in and out of a seat. Adjustable beds or sleepers may be required, as well as dressers that have drawer pulls that are easy to manage. You might also need furniture for the bath, such as a bath stool for the tub or shower to make it safer if the balance is a problem.
For Personal Comfort
It is not just elderly parents that need comfortable furniture. Anyone can have that need. You might find that you need a sofa with a shallower seat to be the best fit for your height or to help with bad knees. Significant weight gain could mean sturdier, wider furniture. A bad back may necessitate the purchase of a suitable mattress or recliner.
When You Get New Electronics
Purchasing new electronic devices can also mean that you need to get new furniture. Gaming chairs are available for avid gamers. A new TV stand to support the new set is a good idea because you should always place the TV on a stand that is meant to support its weight to prevent tip-overs.
When You Work From Home
Working from home saves precious time on commuting, but you do need to set up a proper work environment. Depending on your work, a home office can be elaborate, or as simple as sitting down at the dining table or couch. Today's home office is flexible, and it is easier to find furniture that does double duty. Storage is maybe one of the most important requirements.
When Your Income Increases
An increased income frees you up to buy furniture that you've been coveting, and get rid of pieces that no longer work for you. This is the time to focus on quality and buy the best furniture for your needs.
When There Are Fires, Floods, and Earthquakes
Calamities such as a fire, an earthquake or flood often cause damage to furniture, along with the rest of the home. Sometimes it is possible to rescue the furniture, but often the damage is too great to be reversed. In that case, it is best to get new furnishings.
When Your Furniture is Worn Out
Everything has a lifespan and furniture is no exception. Frequent usage, pets, and children, all can take a toll on even the most well-built piece. There comes a time when it is best to let it go. Of course, that piece can be re-purposed or upcycled, but you may still need a piece to replace it.