08/24/2013 09:23 am ET Updated Aug 24, 2013

10 Lessons About Life, Neighbors And Apartments From 'Seinfeld' (PHOTOS)

'Seinfeld' withstands the test of time because of the writing -- not because of its stylishness. While many sitcoms arbitrarily upgrade the living situations of their characters (the go-to example is Monica's apartment on "Friends"), Jerry lived in a smallish apartment with permanently dingy walls. It's actually the most realistic NYC apartment depiction on television, now that we think about it. In fact, there are plenty of things we can learn from Jerry's place (along with Elaine's, Kramer's and George's respective apartments -- and hell, even Crazy Joe Davola).

1. Never lock your doors. Just let your friends barge in at any time. Don't let those Dad jeans and pristine white running sneakers fool anyone -- you are one spontaneous individual.

2. Who needs "real" art, anyway? "Independent George" is all about posters, novelty signs and hamster playgrounds. When you start worrying about being tasteful, you start the process of declining.

3. Never trust your parents' (or a friend's parents') endorsement of a sofa bed. Or anyone's, ever. Sofa beds were never made for comfort.

4. Don't replace a sofa with one that Poppy peed on. Even if your old sofa appears as if it came from the IKEA "As-Is" section after a bunch of broke college students picked over everything. In other words, stay away from couches on Craigslist.

5. Make sure you check out your potential neighbors before moving into a place.

6. While you're at it, never live anywhere near a Kenny Roger's Roasters. Or any place with an obnoxious neon sign. It'll affect you in ways you can't even comprehend.

7. Be very careful where you stow your guests.

8. No matter how desperate you are, never buy a shower head out of the back of some guy's truck. Even when your water pressure is suddenly pitiful and leading to disastrous results.

9. If you find "The Merv Griffin Show" set in the trash, it's your duty to save it and install it in your living room. It'll make conversations so much easier and entertaining.

10. Short on space? Your bike can hang on the wall. Especially if you never seem to use it.

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