When you are new to the furniture game, it can be hard to know which is better- new or used furniture? The answer may not always be clear-cut. It really depends on your personal preferences and lifestyle needs. So let's take a look at both sides of the argument so that you can make an informed decision.
When it comes to used furniture, you are getting something that is pre-owned. However, this does not mean it will have any severe defects or problems. You can still find new pieces of furniture at a discount because someone else has already taken the hit on depreciation. Plus, used furniture often fits into your budget better than new stuff would.
There is also the aspect of having a unique piece in your home. It may have been part of a popular set at one time, but now it's something new to you and only you. It has its own story and character that new furniture just can't replicate.
Used furniture is also eco-friendly, as most used things are. Each year Americans throw out more than 12 million tons of furniture and furnishings. If you're someone would like to sacrifice your ideal couch for the environment, then used furniture may be the way to go.
The biggest downside to used furniture is the potential for hidden damage or problems. You may not be able to tell if a piece is going to fall apart as soon as you get it home, so it's important to really test it out and look it over before you buy.
Also, if you have a vision for your home and how you want it to look, it's very hard to find in used furniture. Searching specific styles, and colors online and in a much higher volume in newer, customizable pieces than spinning the wheel of finding that perfect used piece.
With new furniture, you are getting something that is brand new. It will likely be in perfect condition, and it will be covered by a warranty should anything go wrong. This means that there's someone who can help fix any issues with the product as long as they still exist.
You also have a much wider range of customization options when it comes to new furniture. You can find whatever style you are looking for, in any color, and there will be more variations in sizes as well. If you have small children or pets, this is especially important because new furniture will be less likely to suffer from wear and tear. If you are searching for a specific aesthetic and would like your furniture to have a cohesive look, new furniture would be easier to track down.
However, new furniture can be quite expensive. You may not always find what you are looking for at your local store, so you might have to order it from a catalog or online. This can sometimes take a while, or require you to pay extra shipping fees.
So, What Is the Verdict?
The bottom line is that new and used furniture both have their pros and cons. It ultimately comes down to personal preference and what you are looking for in your new furniture.
At the end of the day, it really depends on what you are looking for and your budget. If you have plenty of money to spend and want something new that will make your house feel more complete, go for new furniture. However, if you are looking for a good deal and do not mind pre-owned pieces, used furniture might be better for you! Just make sure to ask lots of questions about quality before making your purchase. Happy hunting!
The Furniture Mall has new furniture for you to look through. We have tons of customization options for our pieces so if you want to have more control over how your home is designed, come on down to one of our stores. We have locations in Topeka, Olathe, and Austin.
Written by Emily Holleran