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How Long Does Furniture Last and When to Replace it?

For ages, talented artisans have advanced their skills and developed elegant and functional furniture pieces out of wood passed down from generation to generation. Even though furniture making has already been updated to adopt new techniques and materials, fine woodwork is still considered the highest quality because of its durability, beauty, and ability to enhance any space. Let's explore the factors that affect durability and look at different types of furniture and when it's time to get a newer one from a Hawaiian furniture store

koa wood bed

Factors Affecting Furniture Lifespan

  • Quality of materials

The first essential thing for a durable furniture piece is to use high-quality materials. Wood is the classic standard material for fine furniture, typically formed by hardwoods such as oak, walnut, or cherry. These woods are naturally firm and dense and can be used for many years without losing shape or breaking. Furniture made of particleboard or softwood is more likely to be damaged and require earlier replacements.

  • Frequency of use

The more furniture is used, the more wear and tear it undergoes. A couch used frequently in the center of a heavily used living room often sat upon will show marks of usage sooner than rarely-used guest room seats. Same holds true for dining tables used every day compared to tables only used for special occasions. However, fine wood furniture should never show issues of workmanship no matter how often a piece is used.  Master craftsmen create fine wood furniture that ensures stability of the wood and joinery.  However, from a visual standpoint, upholstery may need to be changed. Switch around cushions on sofas, avoid placing drinks directly on wooden surfaces, and think about using throw blankets to cover furniture from regular tear and wear.

  • Maintenance and care

Furniture lasts indefinitely with proper care. Regular light  dusting will remove dirt that could otherwise accumulate and scratch the surface. Wooden dining tables should be cleaned only with mild products like Milsek Oil, and only based on the recommendations of the manufacturer. Leather furniture must be conditioned from time to time to maintain its flexibility and stop cracking. Furniture protectors like coasters and throw pillows should be considered to lessen scratches and stains on the furniture.

Popular Types of Furniture and Their Lifespan

  • Sofas and Couches

The main furniture of living rooms, sofas, and couches see a lot of action. High-quality Koa furniture with solid wood frames can last indefinitely, although the upholstery may need to be replaced.  Keep in mind that furniture made with low-quality materials like plywood and particle board have a significantly shorter their lifespan. Sofas made with particleboard frames and light fabric might need replacing inn less than 10 years. When choosing a sofa, consider the frame material. Solid wood, especially hardwoods like Koa, oak or walnut, offers superior durability compared to particleboard. Look for solid joinery techniques like dowel joints or mortise and tenon construction. 

Waimea II Sofa


  • Bed Frames and Mattresses

Good sleep relies heavily on a supportive bed frame and mattress. Solid wood Koa bed frames can last 15-20 years, even longer, with proper care. They offer excellent support and a timeless aesthetic. Due to normal wear and tear, mattresses have a shorter lifespan of 6-10 years. Replacing your mattress after a decade is recommended for optimal sleep quality and support.

Heritage Hi-Low Poster Koa Bed
  • Dining Tables and Chairs

Dining tables and chairs should be built to withstand everyday use. Solid wood dining tables are investments, especially those crafted from hardwoods like Koa. With proper care, they can become treasured heirlooms passed down through generations. Koa wood, known for its exceptional beauty and resilience, develops a more prosperous, warmer tone with age, adding to the table's heirloom quality.

Pedestal Dining Table, No Leaves
  • Wooden Dining Tables

When choosing a dining table, prioritize solid wood construction. Solid wood offers superior strength and stability compared to lighter materials like veneer or laminate. Look for hardwoods like oak, walnut, or Koa for their exceptional durability. A well-made Koa dining table with solid wood frames and quality material can last indefinitely. Investing in high-quality chairs ensures comfort and support for years to come.

Signs It's Time to Replace Your Furniture

  • Visible Damage or Wear

This is the first and the most apparent signal. With time, furniture shows all the signs of being worn out. Torn cushioning, curling or ripped fabric, sagging cushions, or deep scratches and gouges on wood surfaces indicate that a piece needs to be repaired. Check the cost of restoration, because sometimes it is just as feasible to purchase new pieces of furniture. If wood furniture has issues at the joinery, then it needs to be repaired by a professional. If wood furniture creaks or warps, then that is a sign that the furniture was not made correctly in the first place because the wood might not have been kiln dried first.

  • Sagging Furniture

Fine furniture should provide comfort and support. Screeching springs and sagging sofas or beds are signs that mattresses or cushions need to be replaced. Fine wood bed frames should be made with platforms to support a mattress, rather than slat boards of straps between the sides of the frame. Check underneath the mattress to see if your bed frame has a platform. Furniture that doesn't have adequate support between your back and your sitting posture may lead to back pain or posture issues, so you need to choose comfort and safety over anything else.

  • Changes in Your Lifestyle or Home Decor

Life is in constant motion, and our furniture must acquire the flow just like us. Your family has grown, and your old dining table would not fit every member anymore. When you've downsized your home, you may discover that the once-perfect sectional sofa now dominates your living space. Or your taste in design is different from before, and you need a new coffee table. Such are strong points to consider when considering the need to replace furniture. Your home should represent your style and address your life demands.

wood furniture

Tips for Extending Furniture Lifespan

1. Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Dusting: Dust accumulation dulls the surface of wooden furniture and provokes allergies. Frequently dust your furniture with a soft dry cotton cloth. Pay attention to crevices and corners, usually spots where dust is concentrated. 
  • Wiping Down Surfaces: Do not use detergent or soap on fine wood furniture.  Avoid scrubbing and using any harsh chemicals that can strip the lacquer finish off the furniture. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations strictly on how to clean specific materials and furniture, like a bedroom wooden dresser, with a particular treatment.

2. Utilizing Furniture Protectors

  • Throw Pillows:  Throw pillows not only add a personality to your furniture but can also protect upholstery. Rotating throw pillows regularly helps prevent fading and wear on specific areas of your sofa or chairs.
  • Rugs: Placing area rugs under furniture, especially in living rooms and dining spaces, will relieve carpet and hardwood flooring from scuffs and dents caused by furniture movement. The rug also serves as a barrier, preventing dirt grains and debris from harming the legs of chairs and tables.
3. Investing in High-Quality Pieces
  • Superior Materials: Furniture with high-quality standards is often used, and materials with greater strength are stored, like solid wood or quality fabrics. In contrast to these cost-effective choices, these materials are most likely to avoid the risk of warping, cracking, or tearing.  
  • Long-Term Value: The high investment pays off with exceptional value in terms of furniture quality. When handled correctly, these belongings will last for decades, which you can hand to future generations.

Find the Perfect Koa Furniture at Martin & MacArthur

For those seeking exquisite, long-lasting furniture crafted from the finest materials, Martin & MacArthur offers a stunning collection of Koa furniture. From wooden dining tables to bedroom dressers and beyond, each piece is meticulously crafted by master artisans using traditional Hawaiian techniques. With its timeless beauty and unparalleled craftsmanship, Koa furniture from Martin & MacArthur will elevate any space and become a cherished heirloom for generations.


    Yes, in most cases, furniture price reflects its lifespan. Higher-priced furniture is usually made with more robust materials and better construction techniques, making it more durable.

    The frequency of furniture replacement depends on its quality, usage, and changes in personal preferences or lifestyle. With proper care and maintenance, high-quality furniture can last many years.

    The lifespan of furniture varies widely depending on factors such as materials, construction, and usage. Well-made furniture crafted from durable materials like solid wood or metal can last decades or even a lifetime.

    People typically replace furniture when it shows signs of wear and tear, becomes uncomfortable, or no longer suits their style or needs.

    Look out for signs like sagging cushions, visible damage such as tears or stains, or if the sofa is no longer providing the comfort and support it once did.