Whether a person lives in a suburban house, an apartment, a condo, or a college dorm, they are bound to have some quality furniture in their living space. Furniture of all types, from leather sectional couches to Amish furniture (like tables and chairs) to comfort couches, can be found in any modern household. Furniture ranks third among all expenses an adult American will have, behind only housing and cars. Even a college student on a budget will look for only quality furniture to put in their living space, and homehowners can certainly afford some high-end furniture to place in their living spaces. Furniture today comes in a dazzling variety of styles, sizes, and function, and this includes leather sectional couches, storage beds, desks, lawn furniture, and more. A person may look for all this in local furniture stores, or even go online if they must.
Since furniture is invested in so heavily, and since furniture is so important for any living space, it makes sense that most surveyed consumers report durability being a major factor for furniture purchases. Over 90% of American consumers agree that a piece of furniture they purchase should last for at least five years, and many items, such as leather sectional couches, beds, and large couches, may be expected to last 10 to 15 years or so. After all, it is an expensive hassle to have cheap furniture break and fall apart and need replacement. Whether made of wood or metal, a piece of furniture is expected to last for the long term.
Some furniture buyers place orders for authentic Amish-made goods. Even though Amish craftsmen do not use electric power tools, they are expert workers who can make high quality wooden goods by hand. Ever since the 1920s or so, Americans have taken a great interest in wooden Amish goods, such as tables and chairs, desks, bed frames, and even outdoor sheds or chicken coops. Such items take time to make and ship, but they are nearly always very high quality and durable.
Modern furniture stores can help, too. If a customer can’t find what they want at a store, they can order something through an online catalog, but visiting a store in person offers some advantages. For example, if the customer has not fully decided on which model of furniture to buy, they can consult helpful store associates who can answer their questions and make recommendations for them. Most stores also allow a customer to sit on or lay on display furniture, so that they can test the comfort and durability of these items. If a piece of furniture is too large to drive home in the buyer’s car or truck, stores may arrange to have that furniture shipped to their residence.
Furniture in the Home
Furniture in a living space serves two purposes: a function (which varies), and to serve as interior decor. The style, type, and placement of furniture in a living space may reflect the homeowner’s personality and lifestyle, and that’s another reason why furniture is taken seriously. Interior decor experts suggest that a homeowner update their interior decor every five to 10 years, and many American homeowners report in surveys that they do exactly that. A person can rearrange, update, or add furniture to their home to give it a fresh new look and reflect their current lifestyle. This can make a house look impressive to guests. Fresh, new leather sectional couches may make a living room look very welcoming and modern, along with a new coffee table.
Not only that, but changing furniture can dictate the entire function of a room. When an adult child moves out, for example, the empty room may be converted to an arts and crafts room when a chair and desk, shelf and drawer units, and more are added. Or, it can be made into a guest bedroom, stocked with aesthetically neutral furniture such as a large bed, dresser, desk and chair, and lamps. If the basement gets remodeled and cleaned it, it can be converted into a home entertainment center, complete with a rug, TV stand, a couch or chairs, and a coffee table. Or, it can be made into a tabletop gaming zone with the right tables, chairs, and storage units.