Furnishings that are going the way of the Dodo
Thinking about getting rid of some furniture? You’re not alone. American homes are becoming more sparsely furnished, it seems, though whether that’s from our limited budgets, lack of great furniture offerings, or smaller apartments is hard to say.
Wondering what’s on the way out? Stay trendy and get rid of these items before your friends do.
Coffee table – Do you really do anything with your coffee table? You probably don’t eat meals there, so it’s most likely a place to put your remote controls, a magazine or two, and maybe even your feet while you are lounging on the couch. An ottoman is a better place to put those feet, so think about giving up your coffee table for one of these comfy alternatives. Side tables are another popular anti-coffee table option.
Bedside tables – Sparser bedrooms are sexy, so ditch your bedside table if you can. If you’re a reader or a midnight water drinker, this might be harder to accomplish. Some headboards have great lighting and and even accessory shelving attachments that can supplant the bedside table role.
Dining room table – The rationale here is that eating at home is out. Which is pretty sad, because family-style meals can be among the most enjoyable moments of the day. But if you have a super-small apartment, substituting a bar-style stand-up stable or stools where you can eat takeout at a counter top may make space-saving sense.
Your cluttered desk – Instead of a desk that functions as command-central for your home office, try consolidating your computing stuff into a sleek technology center (that also includes home music and entertainment). Then find a cool multipurpose table that can be a desk sometimes, and alternatively a buffet table (sideboards are another piece of furniture that are now considered passé), resting place for a vase of flowers or small sculpture, or even a place to put that remote control or whatever else was on the coffee table you just jettisoned.
What piece of furniture in your apartment do you feel like you could live without?