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Remember These Vintage Home Relics?

From water beds to grandfather clocks, there are plenty of furniture pieces that, while once necessary, are now completely obsolete. Check out these six reminders that times are constantly changing in the world of home decor:

1. Water Beds

Waterbed on Wooden Bedframe

In 1986, waterbeds made up 20% of the bed market. Now they’re almost completely obsolete. Why? They went the way of the fad—almost as quickly as they became the next big thing, their popularity sprung a leak.


2. Roll Top Desks

Roll Top Desk with Typewriter and Vintage Calculator

 

Roll top desks began to fade out when people started receiving too much correspondence to keep on its tiny shelves. With the advent of the computer, they were done for. However, some people still recommend roll top desks—roll the top down over your computer, they say, and it’ll keep the dust off. Fun fact: did you know that the top of a roll top desk is called a tambour?


3. Entertainment Centers

Large Wooden Entertainment Center in Living Room

 

Back in the days when TV monitors were not flat, your television, videos and DVDs, and remote controls all fit neatly into an entertainment center. But thinner screens and Netflix accounts have made these wooden behemoths pretty obsolete. Fortunately, there are lots of ways that you can upcycle old entertainment centers—no need to waste all that material!


4. CD Racks

CD Racks

 

In one of the greatest space-saving moves of all time, the MP3 player—and then the smartphone—made it possible to fit all your songs into one tiny gadget. This means there’s no need for big CD racks to hold your collection of tunes. Just keep it all on your iPhone!


5. Grandfather Clocks

Grandfather Clock

 

Think about the last time you checked the time. Did you look at an actual clock, or at your phone? Your computer? Your microwave? With the rise of digital timepieces came the end of the stately, heavy grandfather clock. Bright side: it’s sure a lot easier to move a microwave to a new house.


6. Landline Telephones

Green Rotary Dial Telephone

 

Okay, so maybe not quite vintage. But more and more families are tossing out their home lines in favor of a smartphone arsenal. Remember when you could eavesdrop on your family’s conversations just by picking up the other line? Those were the days.

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