red-sofaI’ve resisted for a number of years, but have finally realized it’s time to do it. Yes, I  absolutely, positively must replace my old living room furniture.

My sofa and loveseat looked quite nice when I originally purchased them. But they’ve finally started to show their age. No matter how many new pillows I place on them, the  basic furniture is just looking a bit too worn. I try to be frugal, so shelling out money for a new sofa hurts. But it’s long past time when a slipcover will do the trick.

This time, I want to be a bit smarter than I was before in my furniture shopping. Because sadly, while my sofa looked nice when I first purchased it, it was never quite as comfortable as I’d hoped. I can remember sitting in it a number of times in the store, but once in my home, it just wasn’t everything I wanted. But I made it last. Boy did I make it last. The furniture has now moved into the definitely too squishy territory.

So this time around I want to be smarter. I’m ready for a new color (perhaps red?) and I’m definitely ready for a new comfort level. I’m thinking that instead of a sofa and loveseat, I might go for something like the design in the picture above, with a nice comfy accent chair.

Does anyone have any furniture-buying tips they’d like to share? Anything I should particularly look for? Anything I should avoid?


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My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.