The fascinating Rachel Carrera did a post a while back about furniture trashing at her photography studio. It got me thinking about my own lobby…
We use upholstered seating at my office. They are “nicer”. Softer. Classier. Homier. If there is anything you need from a doctor’s office, it is for that office to be as comfortable as possible, right? So we do that for you. We spring for the expensive upholstered furniture so maybe you can forget what suffering you might soon endure.
Body fluids, though….
It has all ended up on the upholstery at some point.
It seeps in, making it terribly difficult and expensive to clean up. We don’t make a big deal out of it, though. No one bleeds, poops, pees, or pukes on upholstered furniture unless something is terribly wrong. We quietly remove the item to the back room and when we get enough stacked up, we call the cleaners and then reenter them into circulation.
Then there are kids.
Kids like to draw.
They like to draw on things they should not draw on, like upholstered furniture.
They also like juice. They really like the color and pattern of juice on my upholstery.
Kids are unpredictable. Sometimes they put boogers on the chairs. Sometimes they are very, very big and juicy boogers. Hell, some adults put boogers on my chairs, too. Gum. Sticky purple fingers from post immunization lollie-pops. Stickers. I could go on.
From time to time, there is just no hope for a piece of furniture and we have to purchase replacements. Those are never the same style or pattern and they stick out like a sore thumb unless we spring for the cost of reupholstering the whole dang lot.
So next time you are settling down comfortably in a nice upholstered seat at the hospital or doctor’s office, try not think about what has gone before…