Saturday, January 7, 2012

Why Buying a New Sofa May Be The Death of Me. . .

Hubby and I have been discussing purchasing new living room furniture a bit later this year. Ok, I have been mostly discussing it and he has been grunting and nodding every now and then. I'm taking that as agreement on his part!! :)

So today, we stopped in at a local furniture store to look around and get some ideas of what we would both like to have gracing our living room for the next several years. No surprise, neither of us really agreed on the same sofa! Hhhmmm. . .

Right now, we have a hand me down sleeper sofa which sags terribly even after several attempts by me to "stuff" it with every available quilt and throw I can get my hands on. It is a tan suede kind of material, or at least that is what it is supposed to be. It has been through the wringer and now is sporting such lovely stains that the actual color is not one recognized on any color wheel that I could locate! In addition, we have a beautiful matching (NOT!!) burgundy colored recliner that sports an equally lovely (again, NOT!!) Indian style throw blanket on the seat to cover up the ripped seam located towards the back of the seat. The poor thing is so rickety that most visitors (thankfully, we have few. . .wonder why that is??) tend to steer away from it and choose the stained sofa as the preferred seating. I would show you pictures of these outstanding pieces, but I don't want to make anyone jealous!

Anyway, I digress. So we are shopping the furniture store with the sales lady trailing behind us, offering her unsolicited advice, plopping our behinds down on any sofa that looked like anything remotely pleasing to us, then proceeding to "yay" or "nay" it. Most of my "yays" were hubby's "nays", and vice versa. Sigh. This is going to be much harder than I anticipated.

Here are a few pictures of some that we may be able to compromise on:

We are thinking of a sage color, but I couldn't find pictures of three of these in the sage color, so just use your imagination. Couch #2, which is the only one of these actually in the sage color in these pictures, is the one hubby liked the best. I haven't made up my mind on my favorite yet.

Decisions, decisions!! I hate them! And then you have to decide on coffee tables and end tables.

That's when I ran out of the store screaming!!

Until next time. . .


  1. Donna I feel your pain girl! We are going to be in the market for a new sectional sofa and my husband and I won't agree on any!!!! LOL I like the picture of the sofa on the bottom!!!! I hope all works out for you!!!! Big Prim Hugs Casey

  2. Good luck on this venture! I hope you are able to find something you both can be happy with. :)

    We did this a few years ago, thankfully hubby was more agreeable to my wants. It only took us 12 years to buy a new couch, so I had to pick good! LOL. Our previous one was awful. We didn't have it too long, but it was really really bad. A sleeper that weighed a ton and had to be covered in a blanket, it was too embarrassing. Some friends bought it for $10 at a garage sale and gave it to us. We needed it so we accepted it.

  3. I'm feeling your pain. My husband is the same way - he's starting to come around(to my way of thinking!) after 23 years of marriage. The sofas you have picked out all look nice and classic, will not go out of style - I made that mistake once! Can't wait to see what you decide on. ~Ann

  4. I understand what you are going through. It seems that you either get "the look" right or you get something comfortable. I worked at a furniture store for 8 years so I love furniture and have lots of it. I must say my den looks good but is lacking in comfort. Good luck

  5. Donna: I just found your blog. I just went thru the sofa-buying and the new one is OK but not great. Then yesterday I purchased 2 chairs for more comfort than the older ones and that set off a fire-storm with my Significant-other even though I got one that swivels to face right in front of the TV!!! Men! Anyway, please visit me at I just became a follower and enjoy your posts! {{HUGS}} Joy

  6. I'm with you - shopping for sofas or cars can both send me into a complete meltdown. Our current sofa is as bad as your current sofa, and I'm not even thinking of getting anything else until the kids are grown :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment. Hugs ~ Mary