Whether you’re making some changes to your home, or planning on moving somewhere new, furniture is bound to be on your list of things to look at.There are plenty of places to buy new shelves, chairs and cupboards, but here at Design Addict we have an extensive range of vintage furniture just waiting to be delivered at your home. Read on for our top five reasons to ditch the mass-produced and opt for second hand to complete your home instead.
Better construction and quality
It’s a well known fact that whatever you’re buying, be it clothes or furniture, the quality isn’t what it was in the middle of the last century. Cabinets and cupboards from the post-war period were built to last, and people lived with a ‘make do and mend’ ethos, rather than the throwaway attitude of today. Because of this commitment to quality and functionality, many design pieces are still in good shape today and will remain in good shape for years to come if properly cared for. This means that purchasing a high-quality piece of design furniture is a solid investment.
Simple shapes and colors are hallmarks of the design. But why are pieces like this a good investment? Because there aren’t many of them around. There are plenty of knock-offs and reproductions, but the originals are limited. Not only will they hold their value, as they become rarer over time, their values will increase.
Mass produced furniture is just that – thousands of pieces made in a factory, in exactly the same way, from flimsy materials. Antique and vintage furniture is entirely different, and when placed in the right setting can make an incredible impact on a room.
Have a piece of history in your home
One of the best things about buying vintage furniture is knowing that it’s already been well used in any number of different situations. Timeless design never goes out of style. There’s no greater tool to tell us about social history than items from around the time – and furniture is the best example there is. Rather than consigning old cupboards, tables and chairs to the scrap heap, give them a home instead, and help to preserve the past while furnishing your future.
Help the environment
By refusing to spend money on brand new, mass-produced furniture, and instead furnishing your home with XX century furniture you’re helping the environment in two ways. By taking old, unloved furniture home with you and giving it a new life, you’re keeping it out of the rubbish system, or even out of landfill – in this day and age, there’s no better way to help the planet than reducing waste. Secondly, by choosing not to buy brand new, you’re reducing your consumption and therefore your carbon footprint – when something is manufactured, it creates a huge impact on the environment, from the production of raw materials right down to the packaging. By opting for something that already exists, you can be assured that your home will not only be stylishly furnished, but it will also have had a minimal effect on the earth.