Gish’s has created an infographic exploring the finances of furniture. It lists compelling reasons to avoid buying cheap, easily broken furniture. Some consumers consider little more than the price tag when furniture shopping. However, that up-front price doesn’t include the emotional hassle and additional spending that ensues with poorly made furniture.
Long-Term Furniture Costs: Economic and Ecological
Let’s consider a dining room table. As the infographic indicates, a large dining table can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. If it breaks, repairs can be quite expensive—as high as $1,550. And refinishing such a table could cost $1,200 to $3,200. Rather than fork over the cash for repairs and refinishing, many choose to simply buy new furniture. That “buy and replace” mentality is creating a mountain of furniture trash—8.8 million tons of it landed in American landfills in 2005.
Clearly, planned furniture obsolescence isn’t good for our planet. Buying cheap furniture doesn’t make sense in the financial long term, either. Mass-produced furniture may cost less initially, but how many times will it need to be replaced over the years? It is better to spend more for beautiful furniture that may be passed on to future generations.
Consumers Prefer Long-Lasting Furniture
The infographic also examines consumers’ furniture preferences. American shoppers prefer durable furniture; 95.1% expect their furniture to last for many years. Just 35.1% of Americans like to replace their furniture every few years. And only 18.4% of us change their furnishings often to keep up with interior design trends.
Americans also prefer American-made, high quality furniture. Quality is the top criterion for furniture shoppers; 80.8% of them are willing to pay more for high-quality pieces. Moreover, 58.2% are willing to pay more for furniture made in the U.S.A. Less than a third –31.2%—of shoppers rank price as the most important consideration in furniture shopping. Looking ahead, the largest generational group of furniture consumers will continue to be Millennials. Millennial households now account for 37% of all furniture purchases. They, too, are looking for quality over price. As highlighted in the infographic, 57% of millennials prioritize value quality over price when shopping. The bottom line is that most American consumers would prefer long-lasting furniture—such as the high-quality pieces we construct from wood.
Wood: The Durable Furniture Choice
Wood furniture is the most financially savvy furniture option. It outperforms other materials on a cost-per-use basis. To figure cost by use, divide the number of uses by the cost. Furniture that lasts longer will result in the best value. As shown in the infographic, wood is the most durable option, followed by veneer and three-layer plywood. Particleboard, pressed wood, and fiberboard are at the bottom of the durability scale. The vast majority (92.4%) of owners expect their wood furniture to last for more than 15 years, according to the infographic.
Amish Furniture: Built to Last
As the final section of the infographic outlines, quality Amish furniture is built for generations of use. It is carefully built and finished by hand. Amish craftsmanship techniques have been passed down through the generations, resulting in intricate detailing that can only be found on hand-hewn pieces. Catalyzed conversion varnish creates a resilient finish for our Amish furniture. This finishing technique preserves the wood’s beauty while providing stronger protection than lacquer or polyurethane.
When you buy Amish furniture from Gish’s, you can rest assured that your investment will last. We guarantee our work with a five-year craftsmanship warranty standard with all of our pieces.
These days, it’s not uncommon to spend the majority of one’s life using a piece of furniture. The average American uses a desk for eight hours daily, and their bed for the same amount of time. A couch may see three hours of daily use, while a reading chair may be used for an hour every day, on average. We spend our lives using our furniture—so it makes sense to buy pieces that are visually appealing, comfortable, and made to last. Amish furniture from Gish’s will exceed your expectations for beauty, functionality, and durability.