Sunday, December 16, 2007

I Do Realize that this isn't a Real Problem but Still...

We need new furniture for the basement. Actually, we need furniture for the basement period. The couch down there right now is just being stored with us by my brother-in-law, who is temporarily living in England, but we think he plans to take it back soon. We also hate his couch, but that's another story. So yesterday we set out to find a sectional sofa that would work for home theatre, as well as work with our lifestyle. The last time we shopped for a sofa, we were just the two of us, living in a condo, with nothing to spend our money on but ourselves. Back then, we shopped in "nice " furniture stores. Stores that only sold furniture, and not TVs and appliances too. We didn't worry about whether or not it would get dirty, or ruined, because there was no reason for such concerns. Heading out to find something yesterday, we realized that we are no longer in that market. Not only do we have toddler messes to contend with, but newborn spit-up is coming our way, and don't forget those two big dogs of ours. Leather is great for cleaning up the kid's messes, but not so good for dog claws. "Why don't we just not let the dogs on the couch?", you might ask. Good question! I won the battle of not having dogs on the bed, but hubby isn't going to give up his poochy cuddle time on the couch. No one told him that you are supposed to demote your dogs when human children come along. So it looks like we have to go with fabric, which means that it will be covered with dog hair, playdough, and whatever else comes our way. Slightly higher maintenance than I would like. Knowing full well that this new couch will be ruined eventually, we have to accept that there is no point in buying anything nice, since nice comes with a price-tag that can't be justified. You see this beautiful, Scandinavian, sectional with reclining seats:

We can't have that.


With comfort being the main feature that we are going for now, we eliminated the cheapest stuff which has no support, and found that ultimately the typical Lazyboy-style reclining sofas are going to work best for us. So are we this market now?:

'fraid so.

I was s'phisticated once.

9 comments:

Melissa said...

One word... "Slipcovers."

Suzanne said...

I was surprised to see how sectional sofas with recliners have spiffied themselves up over the years. Now you can find pretty fabrics and unobtrusive recliners. You could even keep the reclining part a secret from guests so that no one but you needs to know!

Don Mills Diva said...

Weren't we all? Times change, don't they? Is it any wonder that I sometimes actually dream about nhow great ot will be when I'm 60 and an empty-nester? Sad really.

VICTORIA said...

LOL...know what you mean! My 2yo just colored all over our ottoman the other night, then my 7yo's new down comforter! Auugghhh! Someday we will have beautiful things...right?

Kellan said...

Kids change just about everything in our lives - even our furniture. Who'd have known. Take care. Kellan

Barrie said...

Kids. Sheesh. They change your world forever!

painted maypole said...

but the tradeoffs are worth it.

and basements! oh how I miss basements!!!!

Nora Bee said...

I hear you on this one. We bought a new couch when I was pregnant, and boy was that dumb. Like throwing money out the window. My anxious cats got it first, then the spitup, soon the coloring. It's good times at our place, I'm sure the furniture man was patting himself on the back for that sale.

bubandpie said...

I guess this is the advantage of having children BEFORE you're actually in a position to buy furniture. We're going to buy a couch when we move and I'm so excited. A couch! A real one not handed down from anybody else and not a futon!