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February 5, 2011

Sofa Search

So, I've previously complained about the hole in our sofa from the Brick (see here).  I thought I could live with it until we move (three years-ish) but I don't know if I can.  But if we look for a new one, our search is a bit complicated . . .

Even though we are pet-less and child-free we still manage to be messy.  The other day I sneezed my soy latte all over the ottoman and sofa but because it is "leather," it wiped clean.  (I say "leather" because it was sold as leather, but actually vinyl.  Grrrr).  Anyway, we have three options:
  1. Stick with the crummy sofa
  2. Buy a new leather sofa (but invest in better quality = big bucks)
  3. Buy a fabric sofa
So - question for you all: is a fabric sofa easy to keep clean?  Because I love the styling of the one below and it is $999 (which = affordable). 

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This will be much like my bedding search.  Expect a number of sofa search posts in the months to come until a decision is made.  Which, knowing me, happens instantaneously or is a painfully drawn out process.  I suspect the latter in this case. 
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  1. I got rid of a leather sofa when I bought the vintage one I have now. To be honest, as much as I love it, I miss the ease of caring for the leather one. I do have pets...two dogs...and they've already done some minor damage to the fabric. If I ever replace my sofa, I'm going to bite the bullet and buy an Ekornes low-back Space. I have an Ekornes chair, and it's the most comfortable piece of furniture I've ever owned. Ekornes is fairly expensive, but it lasts forever and is well worth the money, in my opinion. They give you a choice of several grades of leather and fabric, as well as leg styles and colors. Should I ask to become a spokesperson? :)

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  2. I checked out the website. Wow. That style is great and with different legs, looks very vintage. It is what I feared - leather is better for care. How do so many people have fabric???

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  3. I've only ever owned 2 sofas and both were/are fabric. We haven't had any trouble keeping them clean, but - knock on wood - we're not too accident prone. The first was a sort of terracotta color, and although I wouldn't necessarily recommend that shade for current style, I will say, it was a very forgiving color.

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  4. For us, it's all about the comfort. Do you spend much time sitting on your couch or do you have favorite chairs you prefer? Is this the couch that will see you through the next 30 years, or will you change it out sooner? Do you plan on having kids or animals? We have never spent alot on couches since we were raising four kids and currently have two dogs and three cats. We bought a beautiful leather chair awhile back and our cat scratched the heck out of the side. Our current couch we found at Salvation army and our cats are using the back as a stratch pole. Lots to consider. If I didn't have animals I'd be looking at the sofa Ekornes. Good luck with your search.

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  5. If you get a good quality fabric with a high rub count it will last forever.
    Good luck! :)

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  6. Sneezed your soy latte on the sofa??? Hilarious!

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  7. I wish I were only joking. The other day I sneezed while brushing my teeth, which wouldn't have been so bad if I wasn't sitting at my computer (I wander while I brush).

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