That was my response to the discovery that, sometime when I wasn’t looking, someone jacked up the price of kids’ bedroom furniture to genuinely overachieving levels.
Yoshi’s bunk bed got put in this weekend. I got a good baseline price on the frame and discovered that while styles varied, the costs didn’t. Sigh.
The next decision was mattresses. There were foam alternatives (not viscoelastic1) that ran about half the price of full-sprung twins, but I wasn’t gonna do that. They’d deteriorate too quickly, I think, and besides, Yoshi needs a real bed.
Okay, then there came the sheets, comforters and pillows. Oy. So more than half a thousand dollars later my son-to-be at last has a place to sleep2, but that’s about it. Further furniture purchases will have to wait a couple weeks.
Items still required: A dresser, bookshelves, possibly a desk; and toy storage.
The bookshelves I’ll partially occupy with a starter set of titles, decent stories from several genres to act a little like a catalyst. Same for the toy storage — Legos, I’m thinking, but the basic starter sets, because there are multiple ways to branch out from there and, as with the reading, the expansions will be Yoshi’s choice, not mine.
No clothes; without knowing his age and size, that would be vastly premature, and besides he’ll arrive with a few things in hand, as well as funds from the state to get him more immediately. This means Yoshi’s advent will be followed immediately by a shopping spree. This time on someone else’s dime.
I dropped enough this Saturday to cover grocery costs for more than a month (and brother, let me tell you, assembling a bunk bed all by yourself is hard work), yet my overriding sense right now is: Whee!
1. Never viscoelastic. I’ve read far too much about the negative physiological effects of long-term exposure to the urethane compounds in the cushions; urethane is a known carcinogen and many people (myself included) have mild to severe respiratory reactions to the damned stuff.
2. He’d better arrive soon. It’s already becoming infested with stuffed animals. At this rate, given the propagation of bears, dogs, dolphins and monkeys, there won’t be room for boy on either bunk.
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