The pros of buying used furniture include saving money, keeping furniture out of landfills and finding unique older pieces that aren't available anymore. Cons of buying used furniture include damage or poor quality, germs or pests, no guarantee of the furniture's condition, added cost of refinishing and the potential for recalls on older pieces.
Second-hand furniture is often significantly cheaper than new pieces. For a person on a budget or trying to furnish an entire house at once, this money savings is often important. Buying used furniture is more environmentally friendly than purchasing new products, as well.
When buying used furniture, inspecting the condition and quality is key to protecting the investment. Checking the brand and looking for signs of damage or wear are ways to assess the condition. Since used furniture is typically sold as-is, there is no way to get the money back if the piece turns out to be in poor condition. Upholstered furniture comes with the risk of germs, bacteria, mold or bugs that can affect health or infest the home.
If the furniture needs refinished, the cost of the updates increases the total amount spent. Paint, replacement drawer pulls, reupholstering and other renovations are sometimes costly.
Old pieces were manufactured under different regulations and sometimes contain unsafe chemicals or materials. When buying children's furniture, checking into recalls is a way to reduce the risk of buying dangerous items.