5 Things That Can Shorten The Life Of Your Furniture by Jessica Kane

5 Things That Can Shorten The Life Of Your Furniture


Furniture is present within almost every room of your home. If properly taken care of, furniture can last you many happy years, but if not properly taken care of, the lifespan of furniture can be drastically reduced. Listed below are five things that can drastically shorten the lifespan of your home's furniture.


Environmental Elements

Environmental elements are one of the biggest things to consider when narrowing down what can shorten the lifespan of your furniture. Environmental elements such as excess exposure to sunlight, exposure to extreme heat, and exposure to constant humidity are all aspects to consider. To help preserve the lifespan of your furniture when it comes to environmental elements, it is best to keep furniture out of direct sunlight if possible and in an environment that is not too hot or too cold.



It is inevitable, with children comes a mess. Even if you have the best behaved children around, accidents do happen and spills can occur. Dirty hands and dirty feet can also directly affect the lifespan of your furniture. To combat a shorter furniture lifespan with children, if you notice spills occur or the furniture is suffering from muddy footprints or handprints, clean it as soon as possible. The better you take care of the mess children can make, the longer your furniture will last.


Not Properly Caring For It

All furniture requires a certain amount of tender loving care. Whether the furniture is wooden such as a table, or cloth such as a couch, it needs to be properly cared for. When any piece of furniture is showing dirt and debris from everyday use it is important to quickly attend to the piece of furniture. Whether it is in the form of wiping it down, or vacuuming it well, properly cared for furniture long outlasts furniture that is not properly cared for.


Body Oils

No matter how clean an individual is, everyone naturally produces a certain amount of body oil. Body oil can severely damage leather furniture if left. The best way to help keep furniture from being damaged by body oils is to routinely take time to thoroughly clean the furniture and ensure all the oils are cleaned away.



Many households have inside pets that enjoy lying on the furniture. Unfortunately, pets can easily do damage to furniture if not properly supervised and result in the lifespan of the furniture drastically being shortening. To help ensure that your pets do not damage your furniture, routinely groom your pet (including clipping nails) and teach your pet that any damage purposely done to the furniture will not be accepted (such as chewing or scratching).


These are just five of several different things that can shorten the lifespan of your home's furniture. Properly caring for your furniture by keeping it out of extreme elements and routinely cleaning it can easily help extend the lifespan. When furniture is properly cared for, if can provide you many years of happiness and comfort within your home.


Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in interior design and home decor. She currently writes for Designer Drapery Hardware, a leading vendor of all types of drapery hardware such as rods, finials, and brackets. jessicakanewrites@gmail.com