Suppose the piece of furniture that won’t fit is a tall chest of drawers that’s always been in your bedroom. Could it perhaps be used in another room? With a little creativity, it just might look amazing in the living room or dining room. (Downstairs rooms often have taller ceilings than upstairs rooms.) Could it store games, videos, tablecloths and place mats, and silverware in its new location?
If that thought process takes care of the chest, but you’re left without enough storage in the bedroom, what then? Is there a smaller chest of drawers that was used in your old guest room that would fit in your bedroom? What about putting an inexpensive chest of drawers into your walk-in closet? Many thrift or consignment stores have good quality chests of drawers for sale at a fraction of the cost.
Give It Away?
Maybe the problem is that you have a bed that’s too large for any of the bedrooms in the “almost perfect” house. This is especially true if you are downsizing. Is it a Sheraton tall post field bed with canopy or a massive Victorian piece that’s been in the family for generations? Do you love it, or might another family member with larger rooms and taller ceilings be very excited to get it?
We once had a customer who donated a massive American Empire sideboard that had belonged to his grandfather. It was much too large for his new dining room. The piece was donated and now and coincidentally, it now hides a modern TV which only shows when the doors are swung open. Donating furniture is an excellent idea and is good for the environment.
Maybe the offending piece of furniture has monetary value, but has no sentimental value whatsoever. Why not just sell it? There’s no need to buy a house based on where it’ll fit, is there? You can sell it on craigslist, ebay or consider a consignment store. Consignment stores allow you to showcase your furniture pieces in their store for a period of time and when the item sells, they will split the profit with you, often times as much as 50%. There are a number of consignment stores in Atlanta.
Don’t turn down the idea of purchasing a home you’d really enjoy living in out of hand simply because some of your furniture won’t fit. Ask yourself questions about the possibilities. When you come up with answers you like, you’ve made your decision. Who knows, another family member or a stranger shopping for a special piece of furniture could be delighted with your decision, too.