A friend of mine recently inherited some money that she is considering spending on furnishing her home. However, she wants to make an investment that will last, hopefully even beyond her lifetime. But can you really choose furniture now your kids will want to inherit in 30, 40, 50 years? And how?
There are good deals out there, sure, but for the most part there is a reason why expensive furniture is expensive, and cheap furniture is cheap. Look for pieces made of solid wood, that feel solid and heavy. Consider buying something made by a single, reputable craftsman. Think "protein" furniture instead of quick and easy "carb" furniture. Here is some more help for choosing good quality wooden furniture.
2. Think of pieces that are useful, and if possible, small
3. Go for a design classic...that you love
Rather than choosing whatever's hip in the latest catalog that has come through the mail, buy a piece of furniture with a look that has stood the test of time.
However, you should remember: this is your piece of furniture, your investment, for your family, so don't just choose something because it is a "classic", you should also love it, and it should fit your own personal sense of style. Under the heading of "design classics" there is so, so much to choose from: if you're not into mid-century modern, maybe you could check out Shaker furniture or Thonet bentwood chairs?
4. Make this piece a part of daily family life
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