Is it time for a new sofa?

I’m curious . . . how old is your sofa?  We got ours almost eight years ago when we moved into our house.  I loved them the time but if I could replace them tomorrow I would do it in a heartbeat.

So here’s my top reasons why we need to replace our sofas:

1. They’re ugly! 

I honestly loved them at the time we bought them – the scatter back cushions felt really modern and the black, grey and red colours looked smart.  I’ve since learned that scatter back cushions are a short cut to untidy!  They’re far too easy for the kids to move around and always look such a mess!  I’ve also grown to hate the black – our living room suffers from a lack of natural light and I’m sure the black suite just sucks even more light out of it – Dave thinks I’m being ridiculous.  Oh and black is also a lot less forgiving than you would think (snot trails on the sofa anyone?)

2. They look tired 

After eight years of what can only be described as “heavy usage” (three toddlers later . . . ) the edges are frayed, and the fabric looks worn and marked.  No amount of washing or cleaning is going to rescue them now.

3. They’re uncomfortable

Once upon a time our sofas were given the title of “the comfiest I’ve ever slept on” by a friend of my Dad’s.  Now they suffer from saggy cushions and broken springs.  My “spot” in particular has really suffered with me spending the best part of 6 years either pregnant or breastfeeding and thus sat on my bum a lot!  It’s so dilapidated now that I have to steal extra cushions from elsewhere on the sofa just to be able to sit comfortably.

4. They’re too big! 

Dave would disagree.  He loves the size of our sofas and if I’m honest I do love that we are able to lie down on them and there’s plenty of room to sit so I know where’s he’s coming from.  However, what I don’t like is the physical size of them – since we bought the sofas our living room has changed beyond recognition with two separate extension projects altering the layout considerably and I don’t think the size and shape of our sofas suits the room any more. I think they make it feel like a corridor or a train station!  I’d love to be able to invest in an arm chair and a sleeker looking 4 seater.

Nevertheless, it will be a while before we do actually buy new sofas.  Common sense says that we need to wait till the kids are a little older, at least until Amy is less likely to accidentally wipe her nose on the furniture!  There’s other things we need to spend our money on first – but it doesn’t stop me daydreaming and pinning my sofa goals!

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  1. April 27, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    Our sofas are around 10 years old. They're a mushroomy beigey taupe sort of colour. We recently had ours professionally cleaned and the cushions restuffed as we can't afford to replace them. xx

  2. April 28, 2016 / 11:07 am

    We're desperate for new sofas, we have two and one of them is completely ruined and broke. We're aware that we would be silly to spend a big amount of money on replacing them when we have a one year old, two cats, are hoping to move house within the next few years and probably have another child in the next few years.
    For now we've decided to buy a cheap sofa from IKEA for £150 to replace the broken sofa and maybe buy nice new matching sofas when we get a new house.

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