A Place to rest
This is a tougher one to recommend, as today's sought-after furniture style can turn into tomorrow's ironic off-campus decor within a generation. Living room sets, dining room sets and kitchen sets in classic, clean inoffensive styles are your best bet, but why invest in rooms you're only spending a scant few hours in? The best way to go, especially if you're feeling cramped or if your old model's about to give way, is to throw that $3,100 or so into bed with you. That price can get you a king or California-king-sized Tempurpedic, a king-sized Stearns & Foster or a king-sized Simmons Beautyrest at department stores such as Macy's ( M) or Sears ( SHLD), but it also gets you the only piece of furniture you're going to use 2,100 to nearly 3,000 hours a year.