Secondhand Home Furniture Products to Avoid, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the home furnishing items you should generally avoid purchasing secondhand. While certain home furniture pieces or smaller items might be fine in a used format, there are others that pose several risks if they aren’t purchased new, from warranty concerns to performance issues and more.

At Guild Hall Home Furnishings, we’re happy to offer a huge range of home décor and furnishings, from bedroom furniture to dining rooms, living rooms, outdoor furniture and numerous other areas. In today’s part two, we’ll go over a few additional home items you should avoid purchasing used, even including a couple that aren’t necessarily home furnishings but are commonly purchased with similar needs in mind.

Upholstered Furniture

You might be tempted to try and save money on a major furniture piece by purchasing it used, but this comes with major risks when upholstery is involved. You never know when a secondhand piece of upholstered furniture has a hidden stain, a worn-down cushion underside or poor odors coming from the previous owner and something that was either spilled into or otherwise infused with the upholstery. In the worst cases, you may even be exposed to a previous pest infestation.

In addition, used upholstery won’t hold up as long as new materials even if there isn’t significant previous damage. Particularly for homes with children or pets, investing in new materials is the way to go for long-term peace of mind.

Car Seats

Car seats, as any parent knows, are meant to provide safety for smaller children in the vehicle. But because they have specific materials used for these safety purposes, most such seats come with expiration dates.

This is one major reason you shouldn’t buy these items secondhand. In addition, any accident or collision involving the seat should result in you purchasing a brand new one for your child.


The vacuum is a vital element for cleaning other furniture types, particularly upholstery and various fabrics. Secondhand vacuums, however, tend to come with dust, dander and allergens already present, plus may experience more common clogging or suction loss due to wear-and-tear. Many such vacuums break down almost immediately after being purchased used. To avoid this risk, buy a new vacuum when your previous model has worn down.

Computer Software

Finally, one area that’s relevant here despite not being a home furnishing at all is the kind of software you purchase for your computer. Secondhand programs are not only often subpar, but they’re commonly illegal or may be attempts by scammers to steal your personal information. Any software you require for work or personal reasons should be purchased new.

For more on home furnishings you should avoid purchasing used, or to learn about any of our home furniture options, speak to the staff at Guild Hall Home Furnishings.