Inflatable furniture was designed to serve as a cheap and simple alternative to ordinary home furnishings. No longer would people be forced to sit on a Chesterfield sofa or La-Z-Boy recliner with three separate layers of soft padding; now they could go down to the local party store and pick up a leopard print chair that would cause anyone who plopped upon it to inevitably sink into the super-futuristic, bubbly recesses. This was provided they managed to successfully spend the six hours necessary to blow it up without accidentally rupturing their lungs.
The main problem with inflatable furniture is its distinct vulnerability to sharp and pointy objects. Attempting to eat a delicious shish-kabob meal while sitting in one almost always results in a distressing “Whoooooshhh” sound as the sides are punctured and you slowly drift down to the floor. Duct tape can usually fix up most of the holes, though it’s probably better to just go out to the curb and find an old couch that one of your neighbors has thrown away. It might have a large metal spring sticking out of it, but that has slightly better connotations than bad 70’s kitsch.