Alternative living – going furniture free

monkey barsHello!

I recently stumbled across this blog post on going furniture free. I had never heard anything like it before, but I thought it was a really interesting idea!

The author Katy Bowman is a Biomechanist whose speciality is in the human body. Her and her husband have made the decision to basically go furniture free for the biomecahnical health benefits. Essentially they feel that it is better for our bodies to work harder, get up and down (from the ground) and support our own weight. Their biggest gripe seems to be with chairs and lounges.

One of the cool things they have in their house instead is monkey bars! Not so secretly I would love to have a playroom full of equipment! I think this is a really cool idea, although you would have to have a pretty big place to fit that in!

Throughout the post Bowman discusses various cultures that generally rely less on furniture and believes it is a healthier way to go. Interestingly, in the comments sections, the culture comparisons sparked quite a few angry remarks. People felt that it was unfair to draw those comparisons as some of the countries were developing and furniture less living was more to do with poverty than healthy lifestyle choices.

Have you ever heard of anyone going furniture free (for reasons unrelated to poverty)? What are your thoughts?

Jess xoxox

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9 Responses to Alternative living – going furniture free

  1. Ummm no… I can’t imagine it, though I do realise there are probably more sensible (and ergonomic) furnishing options than many of us choose. I’m a big ‘comfort’ person so tend to try to choose stuff based on comfort than how it looks.
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  2. No, I’ve never heard of this, though I’ve probably eaten more meals sitting on the floor than in a chair. I do have plenty of furniture that I never use, but others that come over need it more than I do, lol! I also have a strong background in the martial arts so that has influenced me also as to living style. I use a waterbed also and have for many years.

    I was thinking about the Wright brothers and how they were lying down when they piloted those first flights! I wish I could lie down now when I fly commercial, lol!

    Recently, I was at the Bahia temple in Evanston, Illinois. (Google it) When in that magnificent structure alone, I went to the center of the amphitheater and laid on the floor looking up to the center of the dome because it just felt right to do that.
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  3. I went furniture free for 6 months. Not because I was doing it for any sort of reason, I was just too lazy to buy furniture! LMFAO!!!!!!! I had my bed… and a Director’s Chair FOR SIX MONTHS!! AHH HA H HA AHA H! My mom was not pleased with me.
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  4. Honestly, furniture-free living is very good for the body and mind. It reduces bad posture and even boosts your esteem. Your core muscles get stronger every time you get up off the floor. There’s nothing like it.

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