Furniture 101: Simple and Affordable Upgrades

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Furniture sets are an essential part of any home. They can enliven any dull spaces and add necessary storage to even the smallest homes. Their functionality is indeed unquestionable, which is why it’s important to prioritise their maintenance and upkeep to retain quality and prolong usability.

However, no matter how careful you are with your furniture pieces, like any other material possessions, they will eventually be affected by wear and tear. Does this mean you have to buy new ones periodically? Of course not. There are various ways you can upgrade and refresh your furniture without resorting to purchases. Besides, furniture is often pricey. In fact, a coffee table in Singapore can cost roughly about $159 to $1,900, depending on the brand and interior design style.

Below, we’ll discuss several creative and cheap tricks to enhance your furniture’s appearance.

Have some fun with fabric

Fabric is a fail-free element that can spice up literally any object. Throw some duvet covers or light blankets with trimmings on your couches or chairs, and voila — they can look effortlessly classy and put together.

You can also cover surfaces of your other furniture pieces like side tables, dressers, and footstools. Moreover, you can update your dining area by spreading a new cloth or mantle over your dining table.

Mirror, mirror off the wall

Mirrors aren’t just for your walls! You can attach stick-on mirrors to your furniture to make them appear sleek and modern. You can even choose ones with unusual patterns like geometric shapes or floral designs. These can suit any décor style, from shabby chic to boho.

Additionally, mirrors can help improve the lighting in your room and give the illusion of more space. They are easy to remove and replace since they aren’t strongly attached to the surfaces of your furniture

Focus on the hardware

Instead of buying new furniture, consider replacing their hardware. There are multiple fun designs for pulls and knobs that you can add to your drawers and cabinets. You can also opt for contrasting colors for excitement and variety.

Paint is your friend

Another cheap way to improve the appearance of your furniture is painting their surfaces. You can add a few protective coats or if you’re feeling a little extra, create artistic designs like swirls, patterns, or even actual illustrations.

Mix new pieces with the old

mixing old furnitures with new ones

If some items need to be discarded, then it’s okay to buy new ones. However, you don’t have to replace the entire set. You may feel that mismatched pieces will make the set look disorganised, but you can actually make them work by doing several alterations and considering some factors when buying.

For instance, you can pair a new coffee table with an old upholstered sofa, as long as you choose one with a similar colour or cover the two with the same fabric. To save money, skip the department store and shop at online stores, thrift shops, garage sales, outlet centres, or warehouse clubs instead. If you have a relative or friend who’s about to move, maybe you can ask for a hand-me-down.

Furniture can be expensive, but you don’t always have to buy new pieces when you want to upgrade a room. Simple efforts and creativity can go a long way in enhancing the look of your furniture sets.

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