It wasn't until I was almost 30-years-old that I made my first grown-up furniture purchase. Sure I had bought things here and there, but usually they fell into the, "that'll do" category. It wasn't bad furniture, but it wasn't amazing. I remember the day I walked into the local Danish dealer and purchased my first "real" furniture. I was a little nervous, a little scared, and there was a 95% chance I was going to throw up after spending that much money on a single item for my home!
Why had I waited so long? Truth be told, my 20's saw a great deal of relocation. I wasn't always attached to my furniture as I had so many different homes over such a short period of time. Honestly, had my family not been living in a 3,000sqft loft which was completely open (aside from the bathroom), I probably still wouldn't have made the jump. I was in dire need of a piece large enough to anchor the space visually. So there I stood, pennies in hand and my sofa was delivered that afternoon. It was giant and exactly what I wanted. You can see its entirety in this post about making oversized curtains.
To this day, it's been the only piece of furniture that hasn't rotated out of our lives like a tumbleweed. It helps that I can wash it in the washing machine. There's some serious love for that feature. Now that I've taken the plunge to buy in the big leagues, other pieces don't seem quite so out of reach. That doesn't mean I have money burning a hole in my pocket, but it did give me the confidence that saving and buying what I truly wanted has brought me happiness while I've owned it!
How old were you when you made your first grown up purchase? Did you love it or wish you would have gone for something different? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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