Warning: this post will leave you with no closure… just the first chapter on our journey to find the perfect couch.
For the last 8 months, we’ve been couch-sitting (both figuratively and literally) my sister Anna’s couch. My parents bought it for her new apartment, but she was living in the dorms at the time, so it needed to be stored somewhere temporarily.
Since we planned on buying a new couch soon (ish), we moved our uncomfortable brown sectional to the attic, and welcomed Anna’s couch into our home and treated it like one of our own.
Well, the new school year is upon us, and my sissy is preparing to move into her new apartment… sooooo we lost our couch. We knew the day would come, but we were unprepared for her to leave our lives forever.
Mostly financially unprepared… Couches are EXPENSIVE!
We aren’t ready to pull the trigger just yet, but we wanted to get a feel for what we like, and an understanding of the pricing vs. quality We took a family trip to Redeker’s in Boone, IA to walk around and scope things out.
Our criteria is as follows:
- long enough for Nick to comfortably lay on
- not a sectional
- clean lines (no curves in the arms)
- durable kid/friendly fabric
- No big/floofy back cushions that would eventually look saggy and lumpy
- In the $600 range
It turns out couches are really SHORT. Why did they used to be much longer back in the day? This one below was probably the one we liked best. The colors are wrong, but it was the longest couch in the store, and it had clean lines like we like!
Now we have some thinking to do and some numbers to crunch, and decisions to make. Do we order this couch in a different fabric? Do we hold out and check out a few more stores? I refuse to shop online and make a decision based on a photo!
And it’s tough because furniture stores are 1.5+ hours from our house… so it’s basically a day-trip with the sisters in-tow. They did pretty good on this particular day, but by the time we’d checked out the whole store, ALL PARTIES were ready to take a nap.