How to decorate when you move a lot
Call them the "turtle" generation, carrying their belongings with them.
Millennials — those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, approximately — are a mobile generation, according to a study released in March by the U.S. Census Bureau. Only about 24 percent of the total population, they make up over 40 percent of movers between 2007 and 2012.
They're moving for lots of reasons: a better apartment; a more convenient neighborhood; a job; education; a new city with a more attractive lifestyle.
"Young adults are highly mobile," says Joe Cortright of City Observatory, a Portland, Oregon-based urban think tank. "They're voting with their feet for the kinds of metropolitan areas and neighborhoods they want to live in."
They're all about carrying a limited number of possessions, says Rebecca Ryan, economist and futurist at Next Generation Consulting in Madison, Wisconsin.
"They don't want to live in a big house; they want to have a big life. And part of that is living minimally, so they have as much flexibility as possible," she says.
Value is placed on furnishings that are stylish and versatile.
So for them — or anyone wanting to keep the moving truck fees to a minimum and still have a smart-looking home — what are some options?
Boston Interiors offers a number of versatile items at an easy price point. The Plantation storage trunk, crafted in warm Himalayan sheesham wood, offers capacious storage while serving as a handsome coffee table. The Emmett leaning desk has two fixed shelves and a writing platform. At only about 30 inches wide, it has a small footprint and transports easily. And the Hyannis flip-top table has a chunky, farmhouse vibe. You could use it as a desk, dining table or console. (www.bostoninteriors.com )
Ikea's Friheten sofa is a sofa, chaise and double bed in one, with a bonus: The chaise can be switched left or right, depending on the configuration of the room. It comes flat-packed in three boxes. (www.ikea.com )
Sauder has a new line conceived by furniture designer Shawn Sowers that includes coffee and side tables, a bookcase inspired by industrial scaffolding, and a media cabinet. A mix of textures and materials like brushed bronze, ebonized veneer, copper and glossy white metal make for a design-forward collection. Sowers says stylish furniture for millennials has to be easy to pack up and move to the next home. So everything's shipped in heavy-duty cartons, assembling and disassembling with a few simple tools. (www. sauderboutique.com )
Instead of a bulky, woodframe box spring, consider a simple platform bed on which you can drop a futon or memory-foam mattress. Wayfair has options in various finishes that assemble and disassemble quickly. (www.wayfair.com )
If you're due for a new mattress anyway, consider one of the new memory-foam mattresses that ship rolled up like a big sleeping bag. Time the order to arrive on your move-in date. Safavieh has a high-quality option in all sizes. (www.target.com )