Like with everything in life, all good things must end. Like us humans, the older we get, the more we show signs of wear and tear – we’re not the bright-faced youthful beauty we once felt like, even if we feel like it inside our minds. But the question is, can your furniture be repaired, or is it time to replace it? There are several factors to consider. Can you afford to repair it? Does it have sentimental value? Are there better options on the market?

Below, we’ll look at the debate of repairing versus replacing to help you decide whether it’s time to let your furniture go.

Repair Or Replace

The Cost

One of the first things to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace furniture is how much it will cost to repair. If repair costs are more than it costs to replace it, it’s a no-brainer that you should try and find a better alternative on the market.

On the other hand, if it’s an antique piece, you might find that repairing it allows you to hold onto a timeless classic that will maintain and more than likely increase in value in the future.

Does It Even Look That Bad?

Another factor to consider is the overall condition of the furniture. If the item is in poor condition, it may not be worth repairing. For example, if a chair has a broken leg and is also sagging in the seat, it may be more practical to replace it rather than repair it.

Although, some avid up-cyclers will demand that there is no such thing as a piece of furniture that can’t be fixed. On the other hand, if the item is in good condition, aside from a minor issue, such as a loose screw or a scratched surface, it may be more practical to repair it.

One argument against that is items with no hope – like our beloved mattresses. If your mattress has gone from being a cloud sent from heaven to a lumpy, lackluster, and uncomfortable one, it might be time to admit defeat.

Fear not – a new queen mattress doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. Discount stores are selling them for next to nothing.

Does It Have Sentimental Value?

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The sentimental value of the furniture is another essential factor to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace it. Sometimes, no matter how broken or damaged something is, if it holds high sentimental value to you – such as a family heirloom – you’ll hold onto the item until the end of time, even without a repair.

What Style Are You Looking To Achieve?

It’s essential to consider the overall style and design of the furniture. If the item is outdated or doesn’t fit the rest of the interior decor anymore, why not think about replacing it?

Sometimes, old and timeless items blend seamlessly into any interior decor. An old rustic cabinet can look divine in even the most modern home – and experts are saying that timeless classic pieces of furniture are trending this year.

As you can see, there are a few considerations when deciding whether to repair or replace. Ultimately it boils down to what you want to do. Do you have the energy and time to repair it yourself? Do you have the money to pay someone else to do it? Is there something better on the market? The list could go on.