What to Look for in Furniture That’s Going to Last

Furniture is expensive, and that’s why buyers want to make sure it lasts a long time. You don’t want to invest in furniture you’ll need to replace next year. The fabric, material, and manufacturer all have important roles in the durability of your next furniture set or piece. Learn more about the elements our designers look for in furniture before we decide to buy:


Leather gets softer and more supple as it ages, making it a great material for any type of furniture.  Although this material tends to be more expensive than other durable materials, it wears nicely and looks better over time.  If you’re looking for a material that can last four to five times longer than cloth furniture, leather is your best bet.

Real Wood

Wood is one of the most sustainable materials you can use in furniture making – and it’s lightweight and strong. When looking at wood types for your furniture, check to make sure it’s hardwood such as walnut, maple, or mahogany. Harder woods are more resistant to breakage and rotting, making them ideal for furniture and flooring. No matter what type of wood you decide to choose, it’s definitely a material that belongs in your home.


Fabrics like canvas, polyester and poly cotton blend are excellent choices for furniture, especially if you have pets or are looking to purchase outdoor furniture. At Fenton Home Furnishings, our designers like to recommend polyester, poly cotton blend and canvas materials for furniture. Polyester and poly cotton fabric are resistant to pilling and abrasion, com6es in many different colors, and are affordable for they’re durability. Canvas is typically used for outdoor furniture, as it can withstand heavy rain and wind due to its rougher texture. In any case, fabric furniture is long-lasting for the price you pay. Performance fabrics are a good choice too. See stores for details.


Looking for some extra support from your sofa or mattress? Try out a few foam pieces in your local furniture store. Foam maintains its shape while giving you firm support when your body needs it the most. When looking to purchase your next sofa or mattress, we recommend memory foam or high-density foam for your comfort. You can even digitally view a few in our online storefront.

How Our Designers Can Help You

Quality and value are easy to find with the designers at Fenton Home Furnishings. With several Michigan locations that are comfortable and inviting, we aim to please our customers with high-quality furniture and designs. Whether you live in or near Fenton, Frankenmuth, Lapeer, or Waterford, stop in to discuss your home aspirations with one of our expert designers. All our locations are open for both walk-ins and appointments, and we provide free consultations. Contact us today to learn more and discuss the help you need for your next project.