H and I have decided to upgrade our bed to a king-size. Currently, we have a queen bed, on a frame I bought fifteen years ago from West Elm. The frame itself is fake wood and horrible. Naturally, I couldn’t return it because it was so heavy. I haven’t bought anything from West Elm since! Anyway, it has kept our bed off the ground all these years, which is something. But it’s time for an upgrade. I remember sharing twin beds with boyfriends in college and thinking a double bed would be heaven, but I’ve grown spoiled in my old age, and our room is big enough.
First, anyone feel like sharing what kind of bed you have? Or what your bedroom looks like? Kind of a personal question, I know.
Second, I decided to allocate $5000 a year towards furniture and interior home upgrades. Basically, I set aside $100 a week and save it up. This encompasses big things like the bed and little things like clips to keep food closed, picture frames, a snow shovel, and so on. I like it because I always used to agonize on what to spend on things, and now with a budget, I don’t spend beyond the budget and don’t feel guilty about what I do spend.
Third, it seems odd and middle-aged to be saving up and spending thousands on a bed. (I figure 1K or so, all in, for the mattress and $1000-2000 for the bed, depending on what type I go for.) I mean, I could get a bed and mattress from Ikea for a few hundred. It just feels odd to spend thousands of dollars on furniture. It’s like an anchor that makes it hard to move, closes off that life of adventure I thought I’d have when I was young, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious I’m not going to have, by choice.