As someone who grew up in the 70s, I have a lot of fond memories of that era. It was a time of peace, love, and rock ‘n’ roll. It was also a time when homes had a different look and feel than they do today. In this article, I will take you on a trip down memory lane and show you 14 things that you probably had in your home that you won’t find in today’s homes.

Shag carpet

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In the 70s, shag carpeting was all the rage. It was thick and fluffy and came in a variety of colors. It was also a magnet for dirt and dust.

Flowered sofa

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Usually, they were brown and orange or some nasty shade of pink and blue. Matching the wallpaper to this one took time and effort.

Wood paneling

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Many homes in the 70s had wood paneling on the walls. It gave the room a warm and cozy feel, but it could also make the room feel dark and cramped.

Zenith stereo console

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We’re fairly certain every house had one of these beasts, and the cover would stay closed so Mom could put all her trinkets on it.

Wallpapered walls

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Ah, wallpapered walls. And it wasn’t just any wallpaper. It was loud, bright, colorful, and usually flowered. If you had extra money, you bought the fuzzy gold-trimmed kind.

Rotary telephones

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You all had a rotary telephone and often got hit with the receiver if you misbehaved. Ah, those were the days.

Colored appliances

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In the 70s, it was all about avocado green, gold, and whatever other flashy color the appliance store had. Very few homes actually had white appliances. Avocado green and gold were the most popular.

Plastic covered furniture

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Sorry, we couldn’t find an exact pic of this, but if you know, you know. Your parents bought new furniture and the plastic stayed on it for at least one year.

Lava lamps

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Lava lamps were a popular decoration in the 70s, mostly for teenagers. One would sit for hours in amazement and just watch the blobs swirl around. They are still around today, but they were much more popular back then.

Record players

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In the 70s, people listened to music on record players. It was a time when vinyl was king, and people would spend hours listening to their favorite albums.

Waterbeds

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Waterbeds were popular in the 70s and 80s because they were considered more comfortable than traditional mattresses. However, they could be a nightmare to maintain, and if you had to move, well, what a job that was. And heaven forbid your bed was to spring a leak.

Wood-burning stoves

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Wood-burning stoves were popular in the 70s because they were a cheap and efficient way to heat the home. They also added a rustic feel to the room.

Typewriters

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In the 70s, people wrote letters and reports on typewriters. It was a time before computers and word processors, and people had to rely on the trusty typewriter to get their work done.

Wringer washing machine

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These classics got the job done better than any machine ever. Er, or did they? Also, very dangerous; children weren’t allowed in the laundry room when the washer was running.

Conclusion

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The 70s were a time of change and innovation in both fashion and home decor. While many of the trends from that era have faded away, some of them, like shag carpeting and lava lamps, continue to be popular today. Looking back on the 70s can give us a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the past while also reminding us of how much our homes and lives have changed in the past few decades.

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