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When You Should Rearrange Furniture vs. Buying New


Have a space you are trying to fill but don’t want to spend any money? Try to rearrange existing furniture first before buying new.

If you’re anything like me then you are always moving things around and saying to yourself that you need to buy new furniture. When is it better to actually rearrange your furniture vs. buying new. Since we have lived in our house for over 3 years I have moved more furniture around than I can think about.

However, it would get so expensive buying furniture just to fill a space not to mention all the stuff you would end up having. I’ve learned over the years to try and work with what I have first. After I move the piece around, I try and live with it for a month or so to see if it grows on me. If after a month, I still don’t love the piece then I will start looking for something else.

The latest space I’ve wanted to arrange is in our living room. There’s an art piece that’s been hanging on a wall for several years now. I’ve always had a bench in front of the picture but lately, I’ve wanted something else.


rearranging existing furniture


rearranging existing furniture

rearranging existing furniture

I am not 100% sure what I want to put there yet but decided to start looking around the room first. We’ve had a bar cabinet in front of the front window for some time now. The cabinet is a beautiful old looking piece that deserves more attention than it gets.


moving furniture around instead of buying new


moving furniture around instead of buying new

moving furniture around instead of buying new

I decided the best thing to do was to rearrange some furniture instead of buying new.

The best thing about existing furniture is you can always change it back. There’s no worry about having to return anything.


existing furniture turned into new furniture.


existing furniture turned into new furniture.

existing furniture turned into new furniture.

Turns out, after I moved the bar cabinet in front of the art piece, I love it so much. Wishing now I would have done this sooner, It adds an element and blends nicely with the dark in the picture. Again, another reason why moving existing furniture around first is a good idea.

Here are my top tips to consider for rearranging existing furniture vs. buying new:

  1. Are you wanting to put something in the space just to fill?

  2. Are you wanting to rearrange because of a trend you saw that will likely be gone next year?

  3. Have you moved another piece of furniture in its place and lived with that piece for a month at least?

  4. Do you have the budget?

  5. Move the piece and see what you think. You can always move it back.

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