Sofa, couch, whatever you call it, mine had seen better days. I am not sure what the average lifespan of a sofa is but ours started to give up the ghost years ago. This sofa was 14 years old. Shane was still finishing up his architecture degree and we really couldn’t afford a leather couch but when we were looking we found one on clearance. The middle slat of the frame had broken so we got it for a song. I sandwiched the broken piece between two 1x4s and secured it with long screws. It worked great!
Fast forward to a few years ago… The brown leather sofa started to show its age. Holes started forming and the fabric portion of the seats ripped. The center board broke again when about a dozen boy scouts jumped on it all at once (boy mom life, right?). Then another part of the frame broke. It was not only ugly but uncomfortable to sit on. I really wanted another leather couch but we had major medical bills at the time from my son’s surgery and really couldn’t afford one.
Sorry for the bad quality photo. I couldn’t find the good ones I took so I had to screenshot this from my instagram stories.
There’s a saying in our church that goes like this:
“Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” – Boyd K. Packer
I obviously couldn’t do without a sofa, but I could make it do until I had saved the money up for a new one. I draped throw blankets on it and arranged pillows so that most of the holes were covered. The little ones got photoshopped out.
See how the center sags? It would touch the floor is anyone sat on it and creek loudly!
The first brown leather sofa I had my eye on three or four years ago got discontinued so I started searching for an alternative. I fell in love with the clean lines of the Hamilton sofa from West Elm. I kept hopping on the site hoping it would go on sale. One magical day, it went on sale for $900 off!
The family spoke up and had a few requirements for our new sofa. Shane wanted to be able to lay all the way down. The boys wanted to be able to get things easily that went under the couch instead of having to move the entire thing everytime. I wanted it to be super sofa and comfortable. I wanted to be able to have throw pillows on it and still have it be deep enough. Isn’t it the worst when you have throw pillows and then you either have to sit on the edge or take off all the pillows? I also didn’t want it to be shiny.
Because of the large round arms on the last sofa, it made the actual seat area small. This one is the same length as the old one but has 11″ more seat space. Shane, all 6 foot 3 inches of him, can lay flat on the sofa!
I wanted a sofa where you could take the cushions off if needed. These velcro on.
I think this gal was worth the wait. And waiting so long, only makes us appreciate this new sofa so much more.
What is one thing that is on your wish (or should I say wait) list?