Disclaimer: This post has been made in collaboration with Made To Last. You can view our full policy here. As always all opinions and ideas expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.
When I was contacted by Joel to see if I wanted to collaborate with Made To Last to spread their message, I was totally on board!! As you know I love a good bargain and most of the furniture I have used in our home is either second-hand or upcycled simply because I believe in quality items, that will last and can be used again and again! Sadly nowadays, furniture is not built in the same way as it used to be. Cheap home furnishings are available to purchase at a fraction of cost everywhere you look. Do we care about the cost or quality? It seems like people tend to buy things cheap and keep replacing them all the time, which believe it or not ends up costing us more in the long-term! Don’t believe me? Then keep reading…
When we bought our house nearly two years ago, I knew we would have to invest in key pieces, that would have to stand the test of time. We saved up and when it came to choosing our bed and sofa, we did not cut corners, as we knew they will have to last us for many years! Yes, we ended up spending a little more than we first anticipated, but for us it was important to get something that was high quality and would be in our home for many years to come.
At Made to Last part of our mission is to help people understand the difference between “cheap” and “good value for money” as they are very different things. – Joel Chudleigh – Founder of MADE TO LAST.
Nowadays there are endless options to purchase home furnishings and lighting, ranging from a few pounds to very extravagant pieces that will set you back tens of thousands of pounds. We have so much choice, we get confused as to whether we should get a cheap piece and keep replacing it or spend a little extra and get a quality piece that will last us a long time. Buying furniture is the same as everything else in life whether it is buying new shoes, clothes, make up or paying for services – you get what you pay for!
We shop with our eyes and will always try to find the best deal at the best price. But does the cheapest option really is the best? For instance… take a sofa from shop X at £300 and the same type of sofa from shop Y for £1,000. Which one would you go for?? The cheaper one of course!!!! You save the £700 and go for the cheapest option, no brainer right?? Well, what would you do if I told you that the cheaper sofa would last you only for a year but the one for £1,000 would last for 10… Would that have changed your mind when making a decision?? I sure think so..! As it turns out, in the long-term the cheaper sofa would actually end up costing you twice as much!
I think it is important to see what you are buying and whether or not it will last.. yes reviews are great but normally they tell you what the customer thinks about a product, when they receive it not one, two or five years down the line.. At Made to Last all of the products have a clear guarantee shown on the product page next to the price so that customers can therefore easily understand the value for money.
When we buy a washing machine or a fridge, we normally ask what is the guarantee on them?? Why don’t we ask for a guarantee when we buy a light fixture or a table?? If you had the option where you could see a price and guarantee would it change your mind when shopping for items?
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