Furnishing the Family Room: How Did Kids Alter Your Choices?

We've recently moved into a new apartment. We're very grateful for the upsize. Yet this has us quickly buying a lot of furniture. It's been a trick to gauge how much to spend on a sofa and whether it's worth it to buy nice rugs. We still have two little kids, a chew-happy dog, and are renting. How permanent do we go?

We want it to look nice and feel like home without spending a fortune. Still I can't help but be worried about sharpies, paint, and icky bodily excretions. I'm curious what other solutions parents, pet-owners, and renters have come up with in their own spaces. Did you bite the bullet and get that drool-worthy $5000 couch you've always wanted and collect the rest slowly, knowing that it could get ruined and you'd have to reupholster? Or did you decide the $800 sectional from Ikea was most practical for the zip off slip covers?

When longevity is questionable, where do you skimp? Where do you upgrade?

(Image: Pillow Beast, available at Debi van Zyl's Etsy Shop)

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