We have been married almost 4.5 years and we just bought our sixth couch to replace this one (that is still needing a new home):
We knew this Klippan wasn’t going to be a forever couch, or even a 10-year couch when we bought it–but I never imagined we would be on number six. Granted, number five (our Crate & Barrel Lounge sofa) will stick around for a long time in the family room. And now that number six is purchased, we already sense its longevity and that is a calming feeling. Like, our living room is coming around–and turning a corner. Like, we’re becoming real adults about to hit our twenty-tens.
Although, it will be a couple weeks before it gets settled in, we chose the Lily Sofa from Younger Furniture for our grown-up, sticking-around-for-years couch in the living room.
After having a big swatch fest this weekend, we settled on a taupe fabric that will feel classic, well, forever. We really fell in love with the tailored and classical contemporary look of the Lily. Younger Furniture makes a series of really impressive pieces (even one called Julia!) but it was their motto of crafting high quality furniture to fit active families that sealed the deal. We can’t wait for it to get here.
Did we learn anything from our ridiculous couch-buying journey? Yes. Well, I think so. The first couch we bought for our very first apartment was huge. A U-shaped sectional that we didn’t even measure. We didn’t measure the couch, we didn’t measure our apartment. (I’m rolling my eyes at myself.) We just bought it and it miraculously fit. We got lucky, but we learned that you should always measure. Measure. Measure. Measure. It didn’t fit in our next place and we had to sell it.
The second couch we bought, we bought with a giftcard. We bought it only because it was the right price for the amount that was on the gift card. So, maybe at that point we were still learning other life lessons. I’m glad we didn’t spend any REAL money on that couch.
On the third, we definitely learned that for a couch to be relaxing for us tall people (6′ and 6’4″), we need depth. Our really deep Crate and Barrel couch replaced shallow #3.
Can you even believe that is the same family room?!
This Ikea one (our 4th sofa purchase) that we are now replacing, I don’t regret buying and I don’t even know if I “learned” anything from the purchase. It was what we could afford at the time and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. I wish Ikea didn’t discontinue it–but that’s something for them to learn. ;)
In the end, I guess we’re just a bunch of couch-buying fools. But our couch journey ends here for quite awhile with two well-built, solid, classic couches under our roof.
Knock on “high-quality” wood.