DIY or Buy New?
Why You Should Either DIY Furniture or Buy Something High-Quality....
Interior design is one of those quirky things in life where you should either go all-in with DIY or just pay the premium for something high-quality. Whether you’re replacing furniture, renovating rooms or just spicing up your decor, there are plenty of reasons why you should go to one extreme or the other while avoiding anything in between. To help explain this concept better, we’ve put together a couple of points to consider.
Cheap items won’t last very long
Whether it’s furniture or decorations, anything that you can get for cheap is likely really poor in quality. There are obviously exceptions to this, but the majority of cheap furniture and design elements you see will have great marketing for an awful product. If you’re going to buy something pre-built, you should buy it with peace of mind knowing that you’re getting a high-quality product that will not only last longer but comes with after-sales support should you need to replace or refund it.
While you should always purchase high-quality furniture, it’s also important to follow that with high-quality accessories and miscellaneous items. Companies like Richard Haworth are well-known for selling quality items like tablecloths that pair perfectly with a well-designed home, regardless if it’s mainly DIY furniture or high-end items.
However, cheap furniture is good for DIY
One thing that’s good about cheap furniture and flatpack items is that you can use them for DIY purposes. Whether you combine multiple pieces of flatpack furniture or add structural reinforcements to cheap items, there are plenty of ways to get great furniture for a low price if you mix and match different kinds of cheap items. Think of it more as buying your own materials and learning how to put together a piece on your own. This is one of the few times where buying cheap furniture and design items is worth it.
Do keep in mind that you’ll need some tools to go along with your DIY projects, so factor in the cost of materials and any tools that you’ll be using.
Quality furniture comes with many advantages
A lot of people assume that buying quality furniture means paying for a brand name. That’s undoubtedly true to some extent, but what you’re also purchasing is experience, quality and a guarantee. Most mid and high-end furniture brands offer more peace of mind than a random cheap seller on Amazon or eBay. It’s important to look for a brand that has a great reputation and offers customer support should something be wrong with your purchase. The quality materials and craftsmanship will also guarantee that the item lasts for a much longer time.
Rather than wearing out after a couple of months, you can be sure that quality furniture will last years if not forever with regular maintenance and the occasional repair. In comparison, cheap furniture and interior design items usually aren’t worth repairing because the item itself probably costs less than attempting to repair it. This creates a lot of waste and you’ll end up spending a considerable amount of money.