So, I finally filed my taxes, and I’m getting back more than usual this year. (woot!) In fact, I’m getting back enough to pay for nearly all of Selam’s summer camps (woot! woot!) which means that once that money is in the bank, and I’ve paid off those summer experiences, I can use some of my summer preaching money to finally replace my dilapidated furniture. Woooot! This is where your advising comes in.
My current living room furniture consists of a love seat and sofa that match. Both pieces are 20 years old. Both are scratched to death. The sofa also has 3 holes in it where the stuffing is coming out. The loveseat has two legs that have fallen off and no matter how many times I try to reconnect them, they won’t stay. So the love seat is being held up with old text books.
Yeah, I’m really classy that way.
So, it will cost me 150 to haul away the old broken down furniture. I mean I’ll try to give it away on Craigslist, but nobody in their right mind wants this stuff. That leaves me 850 TOPS (preferably less) to buy something else. In my ideal world, the something else would be a comfy chair and a loveseat, but I don’t know if I can afford both. I’d prefer a loveseat to a sofa, as it would give us more space in the living room. I’ve always felt like the furniture was too big for the space in here. So I could do a sofa or loveseat this year, and then maybe next year, get a big comfy reading chair.
Oh, and I have navy blue curtains, that I’m not interested in replacing, so whatever it is has to go with navy. (Current sofa is burgandy, blue and green plaid. Don’t judge. it was the 1990s.)
So–questions–first color–I was kind of thinking that grey would be a nice change–would go with blue, but be a different look from the current. What else would work?
Then fabric–please tell me there is something that my cat won’t destroy! One thing I considered was getting an IKEA sofa that has covers to it. I thought maybe the covers would be less grippy for Sir-Wrecks A Lot, and also if he did wreck it, I could replace the covers without replacing the whole sofa. I’ve heard that leather is cat-resistant, too, but i have mixed feelings about leather for a sofa. I heard somewhere else that maybe microfiber would work?? What do you think?
I’d probably get it from IKEA, or maybe Bobs, or sometimes the LL Bean outlet has furniture (though with that, I’d have to rent a truck to get it home, so maybe not the greatest idea). I’m unlikely to go Goodwill on this one, as bedbugs are so prevalent in the northeast that I’d hesitate. De-bugging is very expensive.
So what think ye, oh wise ones of the internet???