Each time you move, you play a new game of furniture Tetris – fitting each of your pieces into a new and uniquely challenging space. We enlisted interior designer Brianna Beninati, owner of Based In Design, to help you identify furniture that will last through multiple moves!
That dreaded awkward layout… you know the one… that odd space that you suddenly have to fill with furniture you already own, but didn’t purchase for this exact space. It feels overwhelming, staring into that space, knowing that your sectional will not fit, no matter how hard you try. It’s even harder to admit that you’re probably going to have to part with your beloved sectional after only owning it for a season.
Furniture is one of the often unconsidered and rash purchases made by military families. It’s easy to get caught up and get furniture for your current home, only to find that after the PCS blur is over, you realize that you completely forgot to consider where that couch is supposed to fit in your new home. It’s a constant, evolving pattern. Purchase furniture for home, move, sell said furniture, and start all over. What if you could avoid having to switch furniture every PCS?
One of the best tricks to buying large furniture is to go modular. Since moving will be a common occurrence for your family, stick to furniture that is easy to move, easy to set up, and modular so it can adjust to your new home. The best furniture pieces for this method are living room sectionals, bookcases, desks, and bunk beds. Choose pieces that are of great quality so they’ll last, and have many options for arrangement.
Another consideration is to purchase the smaller rather than larger version of items. How often do you see entertainment centers the size of entire walls on the swap pages? These items seems like stately and impressive focal pieces when purchased, but when time comes to pack up, it will seem like moving a mountain! There are many ways to achieve that focal point style without a large ticket item. Try framing your TV with some artwork. Canvases and decor weigh much less than an entertainment center yet can be equally impressive. Want a buffet? Try switching to open, floating shelving. Simplicity is trending right now, so showing off your favorite pieces instead of hiding them behind closed doors can double as décor.
Have a big, blank wall that seems bland or looking to spice up your space? Instead of purchasing hefty wall art, a quick solution is to make your own. A bit of fabric, starch, command strips and trim pieces can make a statement without damaging your rental. If you are really brave, a DIY with washi tape is another option — and it’s completely disposable when you leave.
My last suggestion is to invest in multi-functional pieces — those that can double as extra storage if you find yourself in a home lacking closets or storage space. They can also double as a hiding place for children’s toys regularly, or in a pinch. Nightstands that can transform into side tables are another great idea.
When purchasing furniture, especially larger pieces, always keep in mind that a neutral color scheme will make them more versatile for anywhere you live – or when your style preferences may change – in the future.
Lastly, don’t be discouraged by your new, awkward space. Be encouraged by the challenges it presents. Know that you can tackle them and make this new home your own. If you feel like you’ve come to a place where you need a pro to help find a solution, Based in Design is here to help! If you loved any of the furniture in this blog, contact Based in Design for purchase. Shipping is available worldwide!
Brianna Beninati is a military spouse, owner of Based In Design and interior designer. Based in Design is an interior design company passionate about designing military families comfortable interiors so that they can focus on the importance of connecting with their new community. Find Based in Design at www.basedindesign.com or follow on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
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