Adultify: How To Buy Furniture Like An Adult


Step away from the Ikea displays

The time has come to accept the inevitable: You're growing up. Embrace it! Becoming an adult can be daunting, but not when you have guides as easy (and, let's face it, as cool) as the ones in our Adultify series. Now, you won't ever have to utter that cringe-worthy term "adulting" when you accomplish something like doing your laundry—you know, basic, responsible grown-up activities—because you'll know these truths to be self-evident.

You’ve reached the throes of adulthood. Congratulations, it’s nice to have you! Maybe you’ve skimmed through our other Adultify guides, one of which is how to take your apartment from college to mature in eight easy steps and, now that you have the rules in place, it’s time to start furnishing your place with items that aren’t futons. 

It can be overwhelming, not to mention expensive. But it can be done and it doesn’t have to include spending half of your paycheck or days fawning over mazes of Ikea displays. Real talk: We get that they are supposed to serve as inspiration, but they’re more like an unattainable tease for most. Not to mention, can you imagine how long it would take to put together an entire living room made up of Ikea furniture? *Shudder*

To help navigate us through the world of couches, chairs, and coffee tables, we tapped interior designers Kirsten Grove and Emily Katz. Click through to see what wisdom they had to dole out. 

Invest In A Good Couch
When buying furniture, you can often wing it with certain pieces. But one item you want to make sure to invest in fully is your couch, says Grove. “You’re spending so many hours sitting on it and entertaining on it that you want something that’s good quality and well-made,” she tells us. “You can find accent chairs and coffee tables and buffets all day long that are a little bit more budget friendly, but you can always tell when you’ve invested good money in your sofa.”

What does good money entail? Grove says to be careful of anything under $900. A good starting out sofa is anywhere between $1,200 to $2,500. How you determine whether or not a sofa is worth the equivalent of a month's rent brings us to our second point…