When lockdowns hit, and many of us were forced to spend far more time at home than usual, Australians turned to an old interest with renewed force: home decor.
Creating spaces that reflect personality, style preferences and lifestyle is of great priority to many of us. After all, home isn’t just the place we sleep and eat, but it’s often now where our work lives take place as well.
Updating your space can be a challenge – after all, no two of us are alike. You want to find the perfect furniture that reflects your values, the way you move through the space and how you interact with your friends and family. The one thing we do have in common? All of the benefits we can gain when buying Australian-made furniture vs. imported goods.
If you’re looking to refresh your lounge room, update your bedroom, or revamp a study, here are three advantages you should consider when it comes to your furniture choices.
Australia has some of the highest standards in the world when it comes to labour practices, business regulations and quality control standards. When you buy Australian-made products, you receive the benefit of these stringent guidelines. Rest assured in the knowledge that the company you’re purchasing from treats and pays their workers fairly, uses high-quality materials and resources, and is bound by Australian consumer guidelines. Shopping offshore? There are no guarantees protecting you as to the quality of the end product, the labour practices employed by the company producing it, or the ethical status of the raw material.
With global supply chain issues leading to a wide range of disruptions and delays, there’s every chance that the pricey couch you ordered off a foreign website could get stuck in shipping delays for months on end. If you need to make sure your furniture arrives on schedule, as you ordered it, Australian companies offer the benefit of geographical proximity. Receive your furniture faster and save on delivery costs with a smaller travel footprint.
If you’re looking to play your part in supporting the Australian economy, buying local is one powerful way to put your money where your mouth is. Purchasing furniture from overseas manufacturers lessens the viability of Australian furniture providers. With many skilled tradespeople working within the Australian industry, you can directly support local makers, artisans and suppliers by choosing to purchase Australian-made furniture for your home. You’ll also get the benefit of lengthy warranty periods that are part and parcel of Australian purchases, with easy access to local manufacturers for warranty-covered maintenance or repair needs.
Australian furniture designers are known for their high-quality creativity, attention to detail and innovation. By shopping for new pieces in Australia, you can bring a part of this beauty into your own home, supporting your local economy and protecting your investment in the process.