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  • Writer's pictureSarah Pence

Surviving The Move....And The Move After That...

Many of us in the "milspouse" community have experienced the furniture casualties of a PCS move. That sad moment when the blue blanket and brown tape comes off and you realize your beloved bookcase that fits perfectly in the strange nooks in every house is now broken pieces of chipboard that loosely resemble what it used to be. Ah, yes. It's a sad day, friends. It is also virtually impossible to repeatedly move your entire lives across the country (or across the ocean) without a scratch. That being said, there are a few things you can do to minimize furniture shopping every 2-4 years.

Two important things to look for that may help your chances of making these pieces last are the frame and the upholstery.

1.) What kind of frame is it? Beneath the upholstery, a lot of manufacturers will use chipboard. While it is lighter and cheaper, it is also much less durable. The strongest frames are made of kiln-dried hardwood, but may not be in your budget and often don't do well in extreme temperature changes and humidity. MDF (medium-density fiberboard) will out-perform hardwoods due to its ability to stand up to environmental changes better than solid wood. It's also less expensive which is an added bonus!

2.) What kind of upholstery is it? You want to find pieces made with durable fibers that are also cost-effective - especially for those with kids and pets. Natural, but tough fabrics like cotton, wool, and leather are excellent durable fabrics for things like sofas. Another (synthetic) option is microfiber because it is durable and often stain-resistant. The most important thing to remember when choosing your upholstery fabric is that the higher the thread count and tighter the weave, the better! Beautiful durable fabrics with a loose weave can leave you disappointed. A good tight weave makes it harder for dirt, dust, and liquids to penetrate the fabric.

So, friends, I hope these things will help you with your next (and hopefully last) furniture shopping experience. And the furniture mistakes of old will be a mere funny memory! Trust me, we have all been there! I

n every place we have moved to, there has been at least one time where we were left scratching our heads in disbelief. I like to refer to them as part of our military life blooper reel. Our most recent move to Georgia was a whopper. Our favorite "mishap" is by far the furniture for our daughter's room. We excitedly watched the movers unpack her crib....without a mattress frame...or a mattress....or the hardware....that I labeled zip-tied in a bag to the headboard 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤣

Let's reminisce and start our week with a little laugher. What's on YOUR blooper reel?!


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