Friday, 13 May 2016

the couch - finally

A long long time ago I talked about how much I wanted a new couch. I had my heart set on leather, brown leather. I really really wanted a brown leather couch. I was sick and tired of fabric couches which ended up being covered in dog hair and smelling of dog. Thanks Barney. Poodles don't shed! Or smell doggy.

My first preference was a chesterfield. An old chesterfield. Brown. Worn. Soft.


But do you have idea how expensive those things are? As expensive as a new leather couch. Plus almost impossible to find. Sure, I found a few I drooled over... in Sydney. The price of the couch plus shipping would have killed me.

Then I began to think of club lounges. The solid, chunky blocky type.


Not as shiny as that... softer, cosier...

Couldn't find one I liked that I could afford.

So I began looking at stores in Hobart and found this one at Freedom. The Hermitage.

Not exactly the thickest of chunky club lounges, but very comfy, in a lovely dark brown, studs at the bottom... I was ready to buy.

If I could have afforded it.

So I started saving.

Then, somewhere along the line I began to think of tan leather... lighter colours, not so heavy looking... I think it was the mid-century looking TV divider I built which changed my mind on style of couch. So I began to look for a couch like this one...


Better yet this, Freedom's Copenhagen 3 seater.

I was totally convinced I wanted this one. I dreamed of it. It was even more expensive than the Hermitage, but I wanted it.

Till I went in and sat on it... and slumped back and almost slid off it.

It was too deep, I couldn't sit in it properly. I'd have preferred that when I was younger and could get up off a couch without having to roll off, but not so great now I'm older, fatter and I almost need help hauling myself off deep low furniture.

Bean bags are a nightmare these days!

Anyway, I spend a lot of time in Freedom testing their couches. In the end I picked this one. The Bonnie 3 seater.

Not as long as the Hermitage, not as deep as the Copenhagen, not as soft as most of their couches. A firmer, higher couch. Easier to sit up properly in and get up out of.

I can get off this one without looking like a floundering whale.

Here it is in the living room.



I need to make new cushion covers. I want a bigger rug. I need to get rid of the awful carpet. I want to get rid of wires everywhere. I want a full wall of books behind the couch but till then I wonder if I should paint the timber bookcases white so they're all the same colour.

But at least I have my leather couch!

And bonus: the dogs don't like it! They only get on it if I'm on it and have a throw over me. Fantastic. I was worried they'd damage the leather with their nails.

Another bonus is that Wayne won't sit on it either - he's terrified he might ruin it and I'll kill him.

z

3 comments:

  1. Bahaha, great little story. Glad that you finally got a couch and one that is comfy. I do feel for Wayne and the dogs. Did you sit in a Chesterfield? They are not comfortable and the one you have chosen suits your eclectic modern style.

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  2. I've sat in a few which are like sitting on bricks, only less comfortable. But then I've sat in 2 which were luxourious - those were old ones. Anyway, I love my new couch!

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  3. I have to tell you that when we went looking for a new car, we had to make sure we didn't feel like we were riding on the ground. That need was very high on the list. With my knees the way they are, being able to swivel and stand up is a very good thing! Same with you and your couch. It's hell getting old, isn't it!?! That's funny that the dogs won't get on it without "help" and you! I'm glad you got your couch! We have two couches we want to get recovered because we love them and the cloth is becoming frayed. We worry about our cats barfing on our stuff...the couch, the floor, the rug, the bay window in front of god and everyone... The little guys just don't seem to care! Well...enjoy that couch...best wishes...fonda

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