A few generations ago, furniture would be handed down from parents to their children for years and years. The same table would be in the family for dozens if not hundreds of years. Your home would look much the same as your parents’, because half of all the furniture was the same. Now, however, furniture is far cheaper and easier to come by, suiting those people who rent privately. A new bed, table or sofa no longer has to be a carefully thought-through decision made with years of use in mind. Cheap flatpack furniture can be bought and used for just a few years, then disposed of without guilt.