Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Search For A New Sofa Has Begun

Our sofa is 22 years old. My parents purchased the sofa, love seat and matching reclining chair back in 1994. When my parents divorced in the late 1990's, my father took the love seat and reclining chair. In 2012, during my mother's process of downsizing, she gave the sofa to us. We borrowed a friend's pickup truck and, with the help of Lisa's parents, loaded the sofa in. That was no small feat. It's a reclining sofa. Heavy. Awkward. Back then, reclining sofas weren't made to disassemble for easy transport and carrying into the house.

From point A to point B, there was minor damage. The two reclining ends separated from the center a bit. Not enough to be considered broken by any means, but it was noticeable to us. Aside from that, the sofa was in pretty decent shape considering how old it is. Lots of wear and tear. The cushions on the armrest are worn. You can tell which side of the sofa has been sat on the most. There are a couple of holes.

Despite all, it was better than what we had to begin with. Nothing. Back then, we had just paid for our wedding and, three weeks prior, forked over a substantial amount of money to move into where we live now. There was no money to purchase new furniture. We were grateful for the hand-me-down.

Our original plan was to get use out of the sofa for a year or two while saving for a new one. However, that purchase kept falling down the list. Our family grew. We started an emergency nest egg. Bodacious Biscuit Love surfaced. Our family grew again. Last year we purchased a new vehicle.

Lisa sitting on the matching chair back in the late 90's...
Here we are, almost 4 years later. It's time. The sofa is slowly coming apart. It's beyond uncomfortable. The fabric is separating all over.

The process has begun. It's going to be a lengthy one. Due to the size of our family and physical issues, we need a reclining sofa. Comfort is a priority. Cushioned armrests. Full chaise recliners. Durable fabric and build. And, it has to be within our budget.

The kids are a huge consideration when purchasing a sofa too. There has to be plenty of room for movie nights and family snuggle time. If I had it my way, I'd bring all 3 kids shopping with us. If the 5 of us couldn't lounge comfortably, it would be a no go.

Let the shopping begin. I'll keep you posted.

If anyone has any suggestions on where to look, or not to look, pipe up and let me know! 

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