Minimal furniture

With no furniture, I had to decide what to do about seating in the living room.  A couple of chairs seemed ideal for portability (both in the moving process and around the room!) but I decided on a couch for snuggle potential and to give my sister a place to sleep when she visits.

So I wound up finding a secondhand couch for $40 at the Salvation Army store, and I scrubbed and vacuumed it, and I’m going to cover it with a white or off-white (or yellow, I haven’t decided) sheet because slipcovers are prohibitively expensive – more expensive than the couch!

My mom mentioned finding a chair or two for the living room as well, and I told her a couch was plenty.  She insisted that it would be nearly impossible to have a conversation between three people with only a couch.  I told her it was my apartment, not other people’s apartment to have conversations in, and they could deal with my couch.

I plan to use a trunk for storage and as a coffee table, and I will have my painting easel accessible from the couch.  I can’t see any reason to over-stuff my small place with furniture for other people.  I may add furniture as I continue living there if my daily routine shows me a need for it, but I am starting over clean and fresh and I refuse to waste money on things for the sole purpose of “just in case.”

6 thoughts on “Minimal furniture

  1. Hi Caitlin. I have just come over from MM where i read your post, and ive started reading your blog from the very first entry (it helps that you only began last month!). I felt the need to comment here because your couch scenario was similar to mine, where i felt that one couch (with a chaise end) is good enough for us but my mum said the exact same thing that your mum said! (Must be a mum thing to say haha). So anyway to solve that dilemma i just purchased a couple ‘frosta’ stools from ikea which currently serve three function: extra seating in the living room if we have guests, extra seating at our small round dining table when we need it (which is often actually!), and also as mini coffee tables because we dont have a coffee table (toddlers and coffee tables dont mix and no coffee table means more open space for playing). I did actually consider a softish storage ottoman, its a good idea! The stools are stackable and look nice and simple. They would even work as bedside tables! Your blog is fantastic, now lemme continue reading it!

    1. It really MUST be a mom thing! I have also thought about storage ottomans as stools… I have a couple in my bedroom serving as storage more than as ottomans 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words!

  2. Also, you could have 1 or 2 large cushions for people to sit on, they can double up as head cushions too.. 🙂 .. and possibly fit under the couch…

    I am reading from the beginning now haha.


  3. Yep i thought about those too! I had a hard time finding affordable and nice looking floor cushions, though :(. If i could sew i might have tried making my own out of vintage fabric or something.

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