As you know, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect couch ever since our ‘foster couch’ went to be with it’s forever family (my sister’s college apartment). We were fairly prepared, because we knew we’d be needing a couch and thus started saving our pennies… but when the time came, FOR THE LIFE OF US we couldn’t find a couch we liked.
We wanted something with:
- clean lines (maybe a mid-century feel?)
- fairly long to accommodate the giant hubs
- neutral in color (gray or tan)
We started out with a budget of $600, but as time wore on… the longer it took to find the perfect couch, the bigger our budget got!
We’ve been to countless furniture stores, but all the couches seemed super small. It’s like they make couches almost the size of loveseats these days. Whatever happened to the 7-foot couches they made in the old days? Like my friend Megan’s gorgeous vintage davenport.
Many of you suggested the KARLSTAD couch from IKEA, and while it had all the requirements we needed (price, size, color), the closest IKEA is about 4 hours away (tragedy, I know). We just couldn’t bring ourselves to drive to another state to buy a couch and haul it back.
SO WE KEPT LOOKING.
At this point, we had close to $900 in our ‘couch fund’, and were getting sick and tired of not having a couch!
You might be wondering… WHY DON’T YOU JUST BUY A SECTIONAL?
Well I’ll tell you. We ALMOST did! But the fact is… because of the way our doorways are placed in the living room, there is only one corner the sectional could work without covering a doorway. This BITES because not only does this limit our rearranging options (we LOVE rearranging!), but it would also cover our gorgeous bay window. Well… BOTH windows even.
Out of pure desperation, we ALMOST bought this sectional from Homemmaker’s in Des Moines (below). We liked the color and the fact that the bonded leather would clean up easily with the toddlers. AND it was on clearance! But the ‘long end’ of the sectional was on the WRONG SIDE, and would totally cover up our newly stripped/stained front door by about 3 inches. Wa wa wa….
This is where I curl up on an over-priced orange sectional and cry myself to sleep.
It felt like we had exhausted ALL POSSIBILITIES for the perfect couch. We had been to a dozen furniture stores, crunched numbers, contemplated fabrics and colors, and rescued table lamps from from the anxious paws of impatient toddlers.
As a last resort, I checked craigslist the night before we were heading to Des Moines for something completely unrelated. I usually strike out on craigslist. And a couch wouldn’t normally be something I would want to purchased in used condition. But I was desperate and at my wits end.
After sifting through countless dumpy sectionals and flea infested nastiness, I came upon this one. I liked the neutral-ness, and it SEEMED like it had clean lines… but what a weird angle to take a pic. Amiright?
It was worth calling about… because what do we have to lose? Worst case scenario is throw away 10 minutes stopping in to their house only to find out that we hate it.
I called the number listed. The gentleman seemed pleasant on the phone, and struck me as potentially elderly. My first question (after confirming it was a smoke-free home) was: HOW LONG IS IT?
Answer? One HUNDRED inches!
The longest non-sectional couch we had found at ANY of the dozen furniture stores we’d been to was 84 inches. My interest was piqued to say the least!
The next day, we showed up at their house. This elderly couple was ADORABLE. Their house was IMACULATE. And the couch was PERFECT. (and they have a set of adult twins… instant connection!).
And here’s the kicker… of our $900 couch-budget, we spent $150. Pinch me now.
I mean we freaking LOVE IT! We put it on the north wall for now. We still need to get curtains up (OBVIOUSLY), and we’re still in the process of figuring out exactly how to arrange things on our ‘crown molding shelf’, but you get the idea, right? (This is two separate images below FYI… I know it looks weird. HA!)
Due to the fact that we have TWO two-year-olds, and hopefully more baby (ies?) coming soon, we know that it’s probably good that we didn’t spend close to $1000 on a couch. We were originally wanting a tufted-back couch, because we wanted to avoid floofy/lumpy back cushions that would eventually look SAD, but these are pretty firm! And even if they do become lumpy, we’ll know that this couch is just to get us through these years of young children. And when we send all our kids off to school, we can splurge start the couch search ALL OVER. *sigh*
Shortly after the above pic was taken, we implemented a no-beverages-on-the-couch policy.
OH! And just to give you an idea of just how long 100 inches is… this man-boy is 6’8” tall.
This concludes the saga of our couch-hunting endeavors! We love a happy ending. And LOVE our ‘new’ couch even more! Have you scored an unexpected treasure on craigslist? Or a garage sale? Do you love a good bargain like me? Of course you do! Thanks for being excited for us!