by Lance LaHara
My mother-in-law was making her yearly visit from the Heartland.
“What’s the kids’ bedroom furniture theme?”
she said, moving purposefully toward my twin sons’ closed
bedroom door. “You said you were getting them new furniture---what
did you buy?”
Bedroom furniture for 11-year-old boys was the last thing on my
shopping list, but I was too ashamed to admit it to the furniture
“theme” queen. My sons’ beds for the previous
ten years—since they got out of their cribs--were two slabs
of foam rubber on two plywood sheets held up with 4X4s. The odd
looking nightstand and beat up chest of drawers were both Early
Yardsale Modern, too.
“Let’s hurry, Mom—“ I steered her out
the front door—“We’re late for the free Tuesday
admission at the Natural History Museum.”
Distracted her again—but I couldn’t get the furniture
off my mind. It isn’t that we don’t have the money
to buy bedroom furniture for our children, but the downtown store
prices are outrageous by anyone’s standard. My wife drug
me to a few stores last summer, and even she who longed, yearned,
pined, and drooled to buy bedroom furniture for the twins—even
she took one look at the prices and made tracks.
The Buy Bedroom Furniture Solution
Still, I had to admit she was right. It was time to get past the
20 year old college student decorating level. It was time to buy
The nice thing was, it wasn’t nearly as painful and expensive
as I thought. First I looked into kid bedroom themes on the internet,
starting with www.bhg.com/.../templatedata/bhg/quiz/
The internet has made so many facets of my life more convenient
and economical, and
it was about to do the same in the buy bedroom furniture department.
I did some web surfing and found an amazing selection and many
a good buy. Bedroom furniture outlets were lined up on the web
like swap meet stalls, and everybody had a deal. I dusted off
my credit card and started clicking.
Building a Bedroom Furniture Theme and Saving a Bundle
I like pine furniture and had been on the lookout for an 8-drawer
chest to hold both boys’ stuff for ages.
No problem, as it turned out. I could choose from any number of
online stores with vast selections, and all had excellent photos,
measurements, and other specs for their merchandise. I found an
8-drawer pine chest for HALF of what I’d pay to buy bedroom
furniture at the local furniture mart. And I saw deals on king
and queen beds for 80% off retail—but I found even better
deals than that for buying the whole set of bedroom furniture,
and thereby assuring a unified “theme” for my bedroom---and
my mother in law.
The company I finally went with had a buy bedroom furniture special:
purchase the set and delivery was FREE. And since it was an out
of state company, I didn’t even have to pay sales tax up
front! I saved hundreds of dollars and was able to buy bedroom
furniture that the kids really liked and I knew was durable---not
just settle for the expensive but limited selection at the local
So, anybody want to buy a foam rubber slab and a plywood sheet
with four-by-four legs cheap?
Lance LaHara writes unique opinion pieces on life topics for Pulse MEDIA International (PulseMed.org)