Hi everyone, I hope you all enjoyed the weekend! It was very nice out here for a change, but there’s rain in the forecast for the next two days. R is away for a company-related trip until Wednesday and it feels a little odd to be here alone. We successfully survived our first week in the new apartment, but we are still getting some routines down. I’ve heard that people change things around a lot until they feel comfortable, especially with how they arrange things in the kitchen. I haven’t gotten that far yet, but I do think that thankfully after today’s trip to the store, we’ve (for the most part) finally finished “preparing” the apartment. Except for one thing…
The Issue: Furnishing the Apartment
Since I enjoy he said/she said types of posts on other blogs, I figured I would give it a try!
Before we had even moved in, R and I were discussing how we would arrange our existing furniture, and what we thought we should add. The only items we were bringing with us were a bed, futon, kitchen table & chairs, TV stand, bathroom set and dressers. Our living room was largely lacking. I agreed that we needed coffee tables or trays to put on either side of the futon, to put food/various items on. R wanted to get a coffee table, and possibly upgrade the futon with either a nicer mattress or a couch. I didn’t think either of these were necessary; I was fine with how things turned out.
Coffee tables are a staple in the living room – what is a living room without this center piece? We can use it to display things, we can put our feet up on it, and use it for storage.
The futon is cheap. While it serves its purpose, it’s not very comfortable, and I would rather have a nice couch to relax on. I would be okay with even getting the futon a thicker mattress – right now it’s too flat and just a mess in general.
Coffee tables are not necessary, at all. At my parent’s house, I had my own bedroom, plus the extra bedroom I ended up taking over once my parents moved their computers into the den that we weren’t using. I pretty much treated this extra bedroom as a living room/entertainment room of my own. My TV went in here, along with the futon and the TV stand. I never felt the need for a coffee table in here (though it probably wouldn’t have fit properly), and I still don’t feel a need for it. While it would be a nice addition later on, I think we should save our money for now. I would rather get a really nice quality coffee table for over $200 than a cheap one that might get damaged in a year for $70-90. The side tables are enough for now.
As for the futon, my mom purchased it as a graduation present for me two years ago. For $99 it is very minimal and I knew that beforehand. It was meant for simple TV viewing, which is what it’s used for. I don’t find myself thinking it’s uncomfortable, and I definitely don’t want to pay another $100-$200 for a new mattress; forget about a couch! Again, while there might be $300 couches out there, I’m not sure if it’s worth buying right now. I would rather save up for a really nice couch that will last us for years. Most of my family members have kept the same living room sets for as long as I can remember, and similarly, I’d love to make a great one-time investment down the road.
We honestly aren’t sure how long we will be staying in this apartment, and if we will be moving in a year or so, I’d rather have less to take with us. As it was, my stuff barely fit into a 10′ moving truck, and adding more furniture will require a bigger truck. As a slight side note, we were considering yard sales, but unfortunately, we do not have access to a car big enough to transport these large pieces of furniture.
Who Do You Agree With?
What do you guys think? Is it worth it to invest in cheaper alternatives for comfort and convenience, or should we wait it out? Is a comfortable sitting-area a must for your living room, or do you spend most of your time in your house elsewhere?
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