#343 – An Eye for Design

auntie stress coffee table

When choosing your furniture, in addition to a design that is pleasing to you, you want to consider how functional it will be when your joints are flaring or when your mobility is compromised.

I goofed when I bought our Mission style coffee and end table. All those slats - oh my! They need dusting, which wouldn't be so bad if they weren't down low. I do the dusting by sitting on the couch or a chair. It's not ideal, but it works.

Keep the following in mind:

  • height of furniture
  • firmness of seating
  • ease of maintenance and cleaning

Over the course of living with rheumatoid arthritis for thirty-five years, a recliner is one piece of furniture I'd never be without. Do you own one?

4 Replies to “#343 – An Eye for Design”

  1. Hi Marianna,

    I love your idea of keeping in mind the ease of maintenance/cleaning when buying new furniture. For some reason, it’s not something top of mind when you are setting out to make such purchases.

    This brings to mind a tall skyscraper-shaped stand for CDs that we have in our living room… I love the way it looks (it is so modern looking and unusual) but dusting it and the CDs it holds is so time-consuming. Over time, it is making me like it less and less…

    1. Dorlee,
      Thanks for sharing your CD stand story and reinforcing the idea that design doesn’t always meet function. Shoes can be a lot like that, too. 🙂

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