Why Invest in Heirloom Furniture When IKEA Will Do?

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Stacey Lapuk, ASID

We have become a world of mass-produced, disposable goods. Our landfills are over-run and our forests are being decimated. There is value in investing in heirloom furniture – something that will last, and bring pleasure and legacy for generations.

The value of craftsmanship, of the maker’s hand is often overlooked. The energy invested in the creation of heirloom furniture is felt whenever you touch it, sit in it, or even enter a room filled with it. It will transcend trends, representing a commitment to excellence, longevity and preservation.

Let’s break it down:


Quality furniture designed with you in mind will never go out of style. Skilled artisans – woodworkers and carvers, upholsterers, weavers and more – craft each piece using traditional techniques and premium materials. Unlike mass-produced furniture, kiln-dried hardwoods, hand-carving, meticulous joinery and amazing finishes are employed. Eight-way hand ties create your sofa, as opposed to foam only, or sinuous springs. The result is long-lasting, legacy furniture.

Enduring Beauty

Classic design withstands the test of time. When properly proportioned and scaled for your space, the aesthetic will endure generations of use. The right piece can be reupholstered or refinished to adapt to new styles and functions. Living finishes – the patina of wood or metals – adds beauty and depth to the design of your home. Aging gracefully, good furniture provides character and charm. The energy passed through a lovingly handcrafted item helps a space feel that much better.

We tend to match the level of what we’re surrounded by. Transitory furniture of poor quality brings us down, while a room full of quality increases our energy and heightens our mood.

Longevity or Landfill?

Sustainability is taking on more urgency as our world reflects the audaciousness of some of our habits, such as supporting cheap manufacturing practices. These simply create transitory gratification before we move onto the next “in” thing, sending the old one to the dump, and replacing it with yet another stopgap item.

Heirloom furniture is a sustainable choice. The emphasis on quality over the need for frequent replacements helps to minimize your environmental footprint.

The emotional value of heirloom furniture is not to be understated. Each piece becomes a repository of memories, stories and family history. Whether its the dining table where generations have gathered for holiday meals, or the rocking chair passed down from grandparents to grandchildren, heirloom furniture fosters a sense of connection and continuity across time. These lasting legacies enrich the lives of future generations.

Your Investment

While heirloom furniture may require a greater upfront investment than mass-produced alternatives, it is also a savvy financial investment in the long run. Unlike disposable furniture that depreciates rapidly in value, heirloom pieces often appreciate over time, especially if they are rare or of historical significance. Moreover, the enduring quality and craftsmanship of heirloom furniture ensure that it retains its value, making it a valuable asset that can be passed down through generations or sold as a collector’s item.

Investing in quality, heirloom furniture is not simply about buying a sofa, or a chest. It’s about honoring craftsmanship and embracing sustainability. It’s about embodying timeless beauty, enduring quality and emotional resonance. These pieces will enrich your living space and leave lasting impressions for generations – surely a worthwhile and smart investment.

If you need professional support curating an heirloom furniture collection in your home, we would love to share our expertise with you. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.

Stacey Lapuk, ASID

Stacey Lapuk, ASID is celebrating her 30th year with her firm. Named “One of America’s Ten Designers To Watch” by Design Times Magazine, one of the “Top 100 Interior Designer in North America” by Blink Art Resources, and the winner of multiple national design awards.  Her goal is simple: To co-create with her clients the home of their dreams with responsive and comprehensive solutions, and timeless, beautiful results. 

Her full service firm attracts clients desiring the finest workmanship, materials and custom design. Facets of work include partnering with architects on new construction, remodels, kitchen design and bath design, color consultation, custom furniture, flooring, area carpets, wall and window treatments, lighting design, art procurement and antique acquisition.  Service areas include but are not limited to Marin County, San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Ross, Kentfield, Belvedere, Tiburon, San Rafael, and Pacific Heights.