My husband and I went through hell with our upstairs neighbors at one complex where we lived. We’d lived in several apartment complexes before (bottom floor) and had grown very tolerant of regular day-to-day noise, but the last complex we lived in was so old and poorly insulated that every footstep boomed and shook our light fixtures and ceiling fans. To make things worse, they had two active toddlers who ran around at all hours of the day and night. They hardly ever left the house, so it was constant, every single day, all hours of the day. We felt bad, because that’s just how toddlers are, but there was absolutely no way to drown the booming footsteps out. It got so bad that we felt anxious being in our apartment and had to stop having people over, because everyone who came over commented on the noise and became visibly bothered. It’s awful when you feel like you can’t stand to be in your own apartment, especially when you’re a stressed graduate student. It was like Chinese water torture and it brought me to tears many times. It really does take a toll on you.
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|9/4/13 02:57 PM|
I learned my lesson and will never buy a sofa with back cushions again. The first "grown-up" sofa I ever bought was a stylish, comfortable one from Wiers, and the cushions literally started losing their shape after about 3 months. I sold it 2 years later on Craigslist to a college student for about 1/6th of what I paid for it because the couch looked so sad. Now, I have a firm-back sofa without cushions and the shape is still terrific. It's also easier to drape a throw blanket over a cushion-less sofa to hide stains or imperfections. I tried to do that on my Wiers sofa, but the blanket just sagged right along with the cushions.
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