For most of us, a furniture shoppingÂ score means finding something you really likeÂ at a greatÂ price.Â But, as with most things, the rules are different for the 1%. For these fortunate few, filling homes with onlyÂ the most ludicrously luxe furniture and accessories is the only way to live.
When money is no object, buying a sofa that costs an average salary is somehow reasonable. Sure, it may never be within reach for most of us, but isnât it fun to gawk at the overpriced items that obscenely wealthy folks are willing to drop dough on? We sure think so.
Check out some astronomically priced household itemsÂ currently for sale.
$15,400 for a set of door handles
Have you ever looked at your tired old doorknobs and thought, âDamn, I wish those cost the price of a used carâ? Then weâve got the perfect gift for you: a set of door handles for $15,400. Sold by the contemporary design store Matter, âThe Morfinasâ are a pair of polished bronze silicate handles inspired by Salvador Dali and Antoni Gaudi.
According to Matter, these handles are just waiting to be held: âThey are intended to be gripped, pulled, and above all, to sensuously fit the hand.â Who would have thought that opening a door could be such an â¦ arousingÂ experience?
$5,950 for a desk chair
This is the Ferrari of desk chairs. Literally, folks! DesignÂ company Pininfarina, which helped createÂ some of the Italian carmakerâsÂ beautiful rides, also offersÂ theÂ Ferrari Vaya Limited Edition ChairÂ for those who like to strap in for a wild ride duringÂ their 9 to 5.
According to the product description, this chair features a shock-absorbing backrest and âmoves with the user to promote perfectly aligned posture for greater energy and focus while working.âÂ Sitting at a computer is becoming more exciting.
$150,000 for a mattress
How much is a good nightâs sleep worth to you? How about 150 grand? Thatâs the price ofÂ the HÃ¤stens Vividus mattress, a custom-built heavenly contraption made of layers of springs, cotton, wool, and horsehair.
Is it worth the price? Bloomberg did theÂ math: If you keep the mattress for 25 years and get eight hours of rest each night, youâll be paying about $2 per hour of sleep. So what is 25 years of sleeping well worth to you?
$51,980 for a sectional sofa
You could renovate your entire house for the price of this sofa, but then you wouldnât have a sectional couch that can move like a snake.
The Caterpillar Sofa by Parnian Furniture comes with over two dozen segments attached by a zipper and pin hinge, allowing it to be shifted into various shapes.
As large as it is, thisÂ would prove useful around the holidaysÂ when your out-of-town relatives need to sleepÂ on your couchâthereâs plenty of room forÂ everyone. And you can even position yourself far from those whose conversations you are dying to avoid!
$10,000 for a used-tire table
This racing tire will complement your Ferrari desk chair, and it certainly has a price to match. The tabletop itself is little more than a glass top (cut to your specifications); what youâre really paying for is the racing tire.
Fashioned from a tire used by Michael Schumacher during the 1997 F1 race season, the Scuderia Ferrari F1 Schumacher Race table is a whopping $10,000. But given Schumacherâs inability to race again after a tragic skiing accident three years ago, having this piece around might be bittersweet for his fans.
$1,075,000 for a tub
What better place to soak in your riches than a tub of luxury? Check out this 22,000-pound tub by Baldi Home Jewels in Italy. Designed by Luca Bojola, this ridiculously expensive tubÂ is cut from aÂ single block of rock crystal sourced from the Amazonian rain forest. It could be yours for a cool million euros.
$35,000 for a meditation pod
The rich can even meditate better. Donât believe us? Check out the Somadome, a capsuleÂ Forbes describes as âa private escape pod that lets you drift away using a combination of color therapy and binaural beat meditation.â Sweet!
Normal people would sign up for a 20-minute session at a yoga studio or resort for around $60 a pop, but you can get on a waiting list to buy one of these futuristic ZenÂ escapes for around $35,000. Couple this with theÂ HÃ¤stens Vividus mattress, and you might transcend to Siddhartha levels of calm. Or just never leave your room.