Furniture needs for every stage of your life
White rugs are stylish in your trendy apartment, but with kids and shedding dogs in a suburban home? Not so much.
Whether you’re flying solo or raising six kids on your own, our need for simple items like beds, couches, and appliances doesn’t change – but the type and style certainly does. A study into consumers' buying habits found they generally buy furniture based on three ‘life stages’ – Gen Y (and now Z), who are just moving out and looking for furniture that is affordable and trendy; Gen X, who are looking for furniture that balances with family and monetary needs and constraints, and Boomers, who as growing ‘empty nesters,’ have more income and space to focus on luxury furnishings.
For 2021, we have focused on groups going through similar life stages: the first share house stage, the building the family home stage, and the individual/other stage, which can refer to those styling their first apartment to empty nesters excited for a revamp of luxury finishings.
So, while sitting on milk crates out the back may have been trendy in your share house in your 20s, it might not be the vibe you are looking to bring into your marital home. From couches to coffee machines, we look at how the stage you are at can affect the furniture you bring into your home throughout your life.