Finding furniture

November 15th, 2010 by Jeff Leave a reply »

I’m not sure if it’s like this for anyone else, but three months out I still have a house with plastic tubs of stuff stacked in rooms and very little furniture. Most people’s reaction to this is, “Well go to Target and buy a kitchen table, it isn’t that hard.” Is everyone else really content to buy the fiberboard crap that comes out of those stores? The stuff is ugly as hell, and as soon as you bump or kick it the stuff starts flaking apart. Oh sure, it’s functional, barely. But it’s not attractive by any stretch.

I decided when I moved in that I wouldn’t waste my money on that stuff. I want some actual real furniture, made out of solid pieces of wood and not sawdust superglued together. So over the past few months I’ve been slowly accumulating things that don’t make my house look like a dormitory. The bed set was one. A couple of decent sofas was another. And a few days ago I finally bought a real writing desk. Not something to put my computer on, but something used to hold papers and pencils. This is a desk from when they actually knew how to make desks. No idiotic sliding tray to bang and scrape your knees on, no stupid plastic-covered hole in the middle. Genuine stained and finished mahogany, dings and scratches and all. This thing has character, it has panache. Someone was probably writing on this thing when you were in diapers. Damn, son, but that’s a real desk.

2 comments

  1. Gretchen says:

    Sweet…I guess I’m not the only one who hates cheap, ugly, characterless furniture. Except my desk – it’s a big, heavy folding table. It’s been in the family for 20 years, though. Maybe that’s long enough to gain a little character! We’ve owned our place for four years and still have never really bothered to furnish it. Turns out I’m horribly picky and a junkie for relics of bygone eras. That second one makes things challenging.

  2. Heather says:

    I try not to buy or own anything that will tie me down, whether cheap or well-made. This includes furniture but also extends to vehicles, pets, children, mortgages, and more. I’ve been known to make the occasional exception for a house plant, but those usually die before I’m ready to move on anyway…

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