Is Quality Furniture a Worthwhile Investment When You Have Children?

Is Quality Furniture a Worthwhile Investment When You Have Children?

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Regina Yunghans
Oct 15, 2014
(Image credit: Nicole Crowder)

Q: My husband and I are slowly crawling our lives out of student mode, and have invested in a house. Our living room is a hodgepodge of Craigslist furniture and hand-me-downs. While everything is extremely comfortable and cozy, I have dreams of a little bit more cohesion.

I'm willing to save my pennies for something higher quality and long lasting, but I have a one year old, and I hope to have more children within the next 5 years.

The one year old is not entirely destructive, but she's still a kid and does kid things. I had this discussion with myself when I went shopping for a rug for the hardwood in the living room. I found an amazing heirloom rug that was pretty pricey, but I knew if taken care of, it would last forever. I did not follow my heart and went with a much cheaper rug instead. I am so grateful I made that choice. The frustration of trying to wrestle medicine-laden-yogurt into a teething screaming child, has been much reduced not worrying about the rug as they smack the bowl out of your hand, onto the floor.

Should I resign myself to Ikea just to save my sanity? Or does quality pay off with children? Is there a middle ground?

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