Help! Advice Needed: Buying Furniture for a Who-Knows-How-Temporary Home

Help! Advice Needed: Buying Furniture for a Who-Knows-How-Temporary Home

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Tess Wilson
Feb 21, 2015
(Image credit: Nicole Crowder)

We're living in employee housing and there's a good chance we'll be given a house upgrade in the next 1-5 years. We've put off buying furniture for this house while we wait to hear — but how long do you wait?

Champagne problems, obviously, but it's simply time for new furniture: we've hit that magical moment when all of our mattresses, couches, and dressers decided to give up and fall apart all at once. Our finances are far from unlimited, so we're struggling to figure out how to go about buying new things for such an uncertain future. Do we buy pieces that are perfect for this little old low-ceiling-ed farmhouse? Or do we take the potentially larger next house into consideration? Do we try to find pieces we'd love in any house— and do such things even exist? Do we buy a few as-cheap-as-possible things at IKEA to hold us over, or put up with our busted stuff so we only have to replace it— and move it— once?

Have you ever held onto furniture far past its expiration date, or put off design decisions, until you had a better idea of what your future held? Have you ever bought new stuff, only to have to move soon after?

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