The first piece of furniture my parents bought themselves was a dining table. It was the most useful thing they could think of buying. It was used to study, stack books, work, cut vegetables, write letters, organize bills, make art projects for school, and of course, to eat dinner together. That table lasted us 30 years – with one re-lamination of the surface along the way.
TJ and I just bought our first piece of furniture too – and I hope we have ours for the same time as well.