“It is sad when your children have better furniture then you do.” This was my response to the salesmen at Raymour and Flanigan’s, while we were looking at new bedroom furniture in their store.
For those who know us, Kevin and I will be married in the upcoming year for seven years We have in that time bought living room furniture, TVs, desks, kitchen furniture and then of course we needed furniture for our baby, when I first got pregnant. But, the one thing we have not purchased new for ourselves was bedroom furniture. Yes, we did get a queen size mattress and box spring, but never even had a headboard.
When we first got married, my neighbors across the street were kind enough to give us their older bedroom furniture for free, because they bought a new set. Free was for us! But while free was a great price, the actual furniture was so very not, because it wasn’t really our taste. It was white lacquer and even had track lighting on the headboard (thus the reason we opted to go without the headboard).
That furniture lasted us for the first two years and slowly started to fall apart from age and from poor craftsmen’s ship I suppose. So, we decided to look at some bedroom sets. I remember walking into an upscale furniture store and having a salesman walk us through the pricing for the furniture on the showroom floor. Our ears were bleeding from the prices. We even went to Bob’s Furniture, but weren’t in love with the furniture quality and still the prices weren’t that great for said quality or lack there of.
So back to the drawing board. My grandmother was still alive at the time and we were paying through the nose for our one bedroom apartment. She unfortunately was needing more and more help. My mom was actually sleeping downstairs (they shared a mother-daughter house, with my parents and us kids in our youth having lived upstairs and my grandparents having had the whole first floor to themselves.)
A little background here to explain. My grandfather had been gone for a few years by this point. My grandmother had fallen and broken her hip. So, even after she came home from surgery and rehab to repair her hip, she just wasn’t as mobile or limber as she once was. Add to the fact that she had macular degeneration and only had her peripheral vision, she truly couldn’t do nearly enough for herself or for all the space she had been living it. Thus the reason for my mother practically living downstairs.
After talking it over, my parents had felt it was best if Kevin and I took the downstairs floor apartment and my grandmother would move upstairs. This was two-fold decision. The first reason was the obvious that we could have a larger space and save money for our house in the future, while being able to start a family sooner rather than later. The second reason was that my grandmother truly didn’t need to have all that space now that she couldn’t take care of anymore, because my mom was cleaning two floors now and that was too much for her at this point, too.
Well, the point to this was she didn’t need all her bedroom furniture, because my mom already had bedroom furniture set up in the room she would be living in upstairs. So, we could have her bedroom furniture if we wanted it. At least it was solid wood, but still not completely our style, but again free so you get the picture. Free again worked for us. However, her furniture was already showing some signs of wear, but we figured it would work for the time being.
Then, shortly after I got pregnant with Emma. Well, a baby needs furniture. For those who decorated a nursery, you an relate and hopefully know what I mean. So, we started to look at the furniture for our baby, when I was about 5 months pregnant. Everywhere you went the prices were ridiculous for something a small baby would be using. But in the end, we bought her a beautiful cherrywood 4-in-1 convertible crib and matching dresser and cabinet, too. This furniture cost almost $2000 when all was said and done, but it was for our child and we shelled the money out no questions asked.
But then I got pregnant again with Lily and she would need a crib, too. We decided to keep Emma’s crib in tact and just buy another 4-in-1 convertible crib, but set that up as a toddler bed for Emma, because she was heading to 18 months by the time Lily was to arrive. By the way, the two kids would be sharing a room, so thankfully they could share the other furniture, too. But mind you more money was still spent on kid’s furniture.
Somewhere around this time, we looked at bedroom furniture again thinking we could use our tax return on it, but felt guilty spending that much money and once again aborted the mission.
Now flash forward to present time, our bedroom furniture was truly showing its age and the tops of the furniture were now all scuffed and worn. The drawers kept coming off the tracks and we still had no headboard. As much as I tried to take care of it, it was beginning to be a lost cause. It truly has become the room, I want to close the door on when family and friends come over, because it is an eyesore (thus the reason for no pictures to be seen here.)
So this weekend, Kevin had off a long weekend with Monday having been Veteran’s Day. We decided to go look at bedroom furniture again. Kevin told me to pick out something nice, because this would be our joint Christmas gift this year. I still of course felt a bit guilty about the price, but we do have the money in savings for our future home and we will need a nice bedroom set, right? Plus, this furniture will probably be our bedroom set for at least the next seven years, if not for the rest of our days!! So, we were intent on buying quality for that reason.
But still we went to Bob’s Furniture and of course quality was not to be found there. I mean we should have known this from our previous visits, but still think we somewhat hoped that we would find it, because again we are not one to spend that much in one place for ourselves and once you added in delivery and taxes the price of anything halfway descent was still well over $2000.
So, we left there and decided to go to Raymour and Flanigan’s. We found a set that fit what we were looking for, which was Modern, but still had character. The price tag really wasn’t that bad and they even added in another night table and chest of drawers. As well as, extended us the expired Friends and Family sale from Hurricane Sandy that they had been running in our local area, too. In the end, the price tag of real hardwood bedroom furniture wasn’t that much more with delivery and taxes included, as what we would have paid at Bob’s Furniture and we got quality furniture too for this price.
So welcome to the future. We will have our new bedroom set delivered today and cannot wait now. Getting very excited to actually love bedroom fr a change and not be embarrassed by it anymore. Might sound silly, but just a fact.
Here is a picture of our new furniture set from Raymour and Flanigan’s Website. Let me know what you think. Sorry for the quality of the picture, but this is all I could find online, right now.
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