I moved out of my parents' place in Tallinn when I was 18. Went to university in Tartu, lived in a really shitty dorm. Owned nothing but a pan, a pot and a computer. Moved to a better dorm, got my old TV over to Tartu. Graduated, moved to a rental apartment, fit my entire life into a 1988 Honda Accord sedan. The apartment came with an old mattress on the floor; that lasted one winter. Too cold. So I went to Sotka and got a bed. Eventually I also got a nice chair. When I moved from the rental apartment to the one I bought, three years ago, I actually had to make several trips (in a significantly roomier 1993 Mazda 626 hatchback), as well as enlisting the help of a friend with a minivan to move the bed.
The chair's been thrown out since, but the bed is still around. There's nothing much wrong with it, but it's only 105cm wide. That's more than enough for one person. When fitting two, it's in that death zone: manageable, but hella uncomfortable. Honestly, I've never been able to actually just sleep next to a girl in that bed, I'm always really cranky in the morning. Maybe that's why I haven't been able to make a relationship work in the long term. The too-comfy-for-one bed has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
So here's my dilemma. I've gone around the furniture shops in Tartu. I need a 160cm wide bed, the jenkkivoodi type (set of mattresses on legs), since my apartment has a 165cm wide sleeping nook. There is a suitable bed in Sotka that costs six thousand kroons. There's one next door, in Asko, that costs thirteen thousand (but supposedly used to cost twenty-two). The more expensive one is indeed more comfortable. Is it worth more than twice the price? Is there anywhere besides Asko/Sotka, Masku, E-Kaubamaja and Teguri Kaubamaja that I need to check out? Is there an awesome local Estonian mattress manufacturer that can give me a great product at a decent cost? (All things being equal, I am willing to pay a small premium for keeping the money in the local economy.)
A tale of two countries
5 weeks ago