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What Kind of Furniture Do Millennials Look For?

Are they all about aesthetics or do they care about functionality, too?

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Photography: Michael Angelo Chua and Jun Pinzon (Main Photos)

Millennials often get stereotyped as the generation of lazy, bored, and lacking motivation. But in reality, Gen Y comprised of those born from the 1981-1996 (according to the Pew Research Center) are actually hardworking, inspired, and successful.

Their definition of success may not be cookie-cutter like the generations before them but that shouldn’t make it of any less value. That said, when it comes to building a home, you’ll be surprised at how practical millennials are when choosing pieces to furnish their place with. We asked a few 20- and 30-somethings on what they look for in furniture and what kind of furniture they look for whether they live in a house or a condo.

Easy-to-clean and -maintain pieces


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“Modern minimal design. Easy to clean. Dual function.” —Camie, 31, operations manager

“Stylish but comfortable. Budget friendly. Color scheme fits the rest of the house. Easy to clean.” —Dang, 30, sales finance manager

“Functional. Easy to clean. Minimalist. Good quality that can last long. Doesn’t break easily. Value for money. Multiple storage solutions.” —Kervin, 32, equity analyst

Minimalism


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“I like Muji’s aesthetic, but can only afford their sofa. So I contracted someone to make furniture that looks like it at a fraction of the cost.” —Emil, 29, marketing manager

“I find that the more stuff I have, the slower I move, so I want to have as few furniture as I can keep. All I need is a bed, a couch, a desk, and lots of storage. Everything else is clutter. Beyond minimalism and having a little as possible for aesthetic, I try having close to nothing at all for the sake of functionality.” —Carlos, 33, digital marketer

Versatility in design, value-for-money


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“I look for something durable because I see furniture as a long-term investment. I don’t buy it in isolation. It has to complement the aesthetic and mood of the space.” —Mark, 33, marketing head

“I look at the price, versatility, and how well it would go with everything else I own.” —Mikko, 34, font designer

Customized furnishings and statement pieces


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“Right now, I’m hunting for the perfect work table and chair. Simple design, elegant finish. If I can’t find anything I like within the next couple of months, I think I’ll have it custom made.” —Alessa, 35, graphic designer

“Bed frames in this color. (*see photo above) Because in essence you’ll only need one for a very long time, so it’s sort of an investment already. Not to mention, you’ll use it every night! Might as well make it nice. Helps to look forward to sleeping in it.” —Martin, 29, contractor and businessman

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“Statement couch (a one-to-two-seater)—cozy enough for my reading corner; drawing desk—to file my artworks. And a ‘flat lay table’—something I can put by the window specifically designated for flat lay photos because #priorities.” —Abbey, 25, author and artist

What about you? What type of furniture do you look for? Leave a comment or message on Real Living’s Facebook page!

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