First off, I would like to announce that I am lucky enough to be living with one of my best friends next year! It’s going to rock. The two of us are going to spend so much time…cooking and studying! Yeah! We’re really cool. For a number of different reasons, we’ve had to do our furniture shopping very early. And this is probably the only thing that we would ever have any kind of disagreements about (I hope). So here are some common problems, and how to avoid a friend break-up over a few pieces of wood and metal.
One of you has a smaller budget than the other.
And it sucks if you’re the one with the smaller budget because you feel like you’re holding your friend back from getting what they really want. My advice is to set your budget ahead of time. Decide on a reasonable number and stick to it. That way, you’re both working with the same budget. Note: couches are really freaking expensive.
One of you is more picky about design choices.
And it’s weird if you don’t care as much because you legitimately have no opinion as to which curtains you like better. Or which table you prefer. And so on. If you’re the picky one, remember to continue asking for your future roommate’s opinion even if they consistently say that it’s your choice! You don’t want to take over the whole space with you-ness. And if you’re the quieter one, don’t be afraid to speak up. Because neon green curtains are not okay. Ever.
Neither of you have any flipping idea how to store, move, or build the furniture.
Whoever has a bigger garage should store the furniture. The other roommate should coordinate moving plans with a moving company. They have trucks and strong employees who can move furniture for you and place it wherever you want in your new space. As for the building issue…make the manuals your best friends. Conscript family and friends to help you out on your moving day. At least one person is guaranteed to understand those darn instructions.
Try not to forget that you’re still best friends. Moving is stressful, and furniture shopping is probably the second most annoying moving-in duty (right next to, you know, actually moving in). Once this is over, you’ll be two best friends living in the same space and having a good time. So which one of these furniture shopping problems apply to you, and which side do you take? Don’t make your BFF hate you!
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