Retro Households are coming back

Misbah Akhtar

Household trends tend to come and go over the years but they often come back again year’s later. . It’s the same with clothing — items come in fashion until they’re not popular anymore and then they make a big comeback because they’re ‘vintage’. Although there are some household pieces that we were glad to see the back of, there are some that are making their way into homes again. Together with Acorn Stairlifts, retailers of curved stairlifts, we take a look at the retro items that are enjoying a comeback.

The Record Turntable

Vinyl records were huge between the 1950s and 1990s. Everyone owned, or wanted to own a record player. However, following the popularity of the turntable, technology took over and it was replaced by the Compact Disc, before mp3 players and then digital downloads. However, their popularity returned as people dug out their record collection and bought new music in the classic format too. In 2016, vinyl sales reached grew 53% compared to the previous year. In April of the same year, Fortune reported that vinyl record sales were at a 28-year high.

Rich sounds get produced by Vinyls in which many people believe digital music can’t replicate. Perhaps for this reason, in 2017, HMV announced that the turntable would be the top-selling product in its technology department. Companies are catering for different markets too as prices range from a reasonable £25 to £20,000 for those who want top-of-the-range technology.

Chaise Lounge

It’s believe that the chaise lounge originated way back within the ancient Greek and Egyptian period. In the 18th century, it was known as the ‘fainting’ couch so that women who couldn’t bend at the waist because of their corsets could instead fall gently in reclining position. According to interior designers and furniture retailers, the style is now making a comeback.

Chaise Lounge translates to long chair in English, which is repeated in the chairs design. Recognisable as a sofa that takes the shape of a chair but is long enough to support the legs. These days, it makes a nice addition to a conservatory or orangery and provides a relaxing spot to look out onto the garden. Some are big enough for two, and can act as a sofa for couples and families.


The 70s and 80s were the time to ‘get busy with fizzy” – the famous tagline from the SodaStream machine. The machine allows people to make their own carbonated drinks at home, through mixing a flavoured syrup with the soda. Business halted in 1996 and the product was reintroduced in 2010 to a newer market.

Sodstream Germany had took advantage of the rise of prosecco in recent years and had launched a sparkling gold ‘alcoholic concentrate’ that allows consumers to make their own prosecco from home. The machine has evolved over the years too, into a slimline machine that is available in a range of colours.

The Instant Camera

Developed in 1940, the instant camera became a huge hit instantly. People loved the novelty of a tangible picture minutes after taking it, without having to visit a store to get them printed — the invention transformed the photography market!

The production of the instant camera had fell temporarily when digital cameras were developed and took over, and then followed the smartphones, which became the primary tool for photography. With digitalised photos becoming the norm, the instant camera brings back the idea of keepsakes and with only one chance to take the photo, eliminates the obsession with capturing the perfect shot. The comeback of the instant camera has been popular, and there are many accessories that can now be purchased to support the product. For example, coloured camera cases are on sale and filters are available to take different shots.

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