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Living in Tomorrow

2009-11-21 21:44:33.852456+00 by petronius 5 comments

From 1952: Robert Heinlein's dream house. Apparently the secret of future living will be built-in drawers and couches. I suppose after a century of fussy wardrobes and armoires built-ins must have looked so streamlined. The problem of course is adapting to new realities, like improved technology or deciding on changing the upholstery. It also doesn't mention what I would put in my dream house of tomorrow: lots and lots of grounded electrical sockets and conduit into every room so I can wire any conceivable connection coming down the pike. And no, not wireless. My neighbors are snoopy enough as is.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-22 00:46:54.615654+00 by: Dan Lyke

Awesome! And specific thanks: Charlene and I have been tossing around ideas for convertible couches that are more comfortable than futons, and still have underneath storage unlike traditional convertibles. We've been batting an idea back and forth, I think a picture in that article just clarified it for me.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-22 01:45:19.706541+00 by: ebradway

The problem with futons, as I learned from meuon, isn't the fact it's a futon - it's the bag of rocks that usually comes with it that acts as a mattress. Following meuon's lead, I paid an extra $300 for a decent futon matress. Made for almost a better bed than a couch.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-22 18:52:28.461086+00 by: crasch

ebradway, if you don't mind sharing, where did you buy your futon mattress?

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-22 19:50:17.76704+00 by: Dan Lyke

And how, in the store, do you tell the good ones from the bad ones? Because we've got two decent frames here that could definitely use better mattresses. Current practice is to pull the mattresses off the frames and put 'em on the floor when we've got overnight guests.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-22 21:21:55.100994+00 by: meuon [edit history]

the last two good ones I have bought were about $250-300 and had a nice "pillow top" and were quite a bit thicker than the standard futon. If the store won't let you both test them out.. it's not the right store.

I bought a couch once at Kinders Furniture Mall, I layed down on it, got comfy.. and told the sales lady if I was still there in 20 minutes she sold a couch. She got a weird look on her face, and wasn't happy, but she came back in 20 with an order form. Gawd that was an ugly, but comfy couch.