Charity, April 08, 2012 at11:04 AM

Your Stories: Sad Furniture

Sometimes when you’re young, despite your best intentions, your apartment is kind of sad. In Ten Girls to Watch, Dawn has a lot of cardboard furniture. I did too. Also bunkbeds. When I finally “upgraded,” it was to a terrible Ikea chair futon, which was broken and had to be propped up with suitcases, and even then, sometimes you’d shift in the night and the “bed” would collapse. See what I’m saying? Sad furniture.

I bet you had some too! Or maybe even have some STILL. I’d love to hear about it. As would the entire brother and sisterhood of sad furniture owners. Share your story in the comments sometime this week, and if you’re lucky, you just may get an early copy of the book (we’re drawing a winner from the comments!)


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  2. Aimee Hardy April 12, 2012

    When I first moved to Washington DC to begin my post-collage life I was too poor to afford my own furniture so I slept on a borrowed air mattress for several months. Each morning I’d wake up several inches closer to the floor and a pain in my back. Eventually I upgraded to a futon from Goodwill.

    • Charity April 12, 2012

      Oh, Aimee. The incredible sinking air mattress. So sad. Though the used futon isn’t much better. Isn’t it nice to finally have a grown up bed? xoxo

  3. Helen Thomas April 15, 2012

    My tales are endless, as you know. Currently though, I haven’t had a sofa for a year (since the mice moved into it). My chest of drawers no longer functions as, well, a chest of drawers (since the whole drawers bit of it caved in). And I never did get the hinge on that wardrobe door to work. The walls and ceiling haven’t fallen in yet though, so this place is still a vague upgrade on the last place. Ah, the glamour of London publishing…

    • Charity April 16, 2012

      Oh my. Mice in the walls are terrible, but when they actually move into your furniture? Yowza. (I don’t think I realized they’d made their home there. It gives me the shivers just thinking about it). And yes, I guess that drawers caving in is better than ceilings caving in. But still.

  4. Helen Thomas April 16, 2012

    Well they’d certainly spent at least one night on the sofa. And it isn’t a sofa bed. The low point, of course, was the mice planning a full-scale attack on my bedroom and digging through the carpet and floorboards, thus causing me 3 months of insomnia. I envisage military-style planning going on underneath those floorboards. Lab coats, whiteboards, fancy computers (complete with with Helen radar) and the works…

  5. Carol Wong August 19, 2012

    We just got rid of our two futon chairs. I am 66! We put them out to be hauled away and somebody took off with them!

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