I Picked Out a Couch!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  November 7, 2011 — 8 Comments

If you’ve been with me for a while, you may remember that when I first started talking about redoing my front room to be a multipurpose family room/office, I had my heart set on this lovely slipcovered sleeper sectional (say that three times fast).

Well, I must not have been paying all that much attention when I checked it out online, because I completely misinterpreted the cost. I was under the impression that all three pieces would add up to about $800. Not cheap, but not outrageous, either. Imagine my surprise when, a few months later, I went back to virtually visit my dream couch and realized that it would actually cost almost four times that much! $3200 is wayyyyy out of my budget.

Back to the drawing board. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and it turns out it’s a good thing that the sectional was out of my price range because when I marked out the dimensions of a similarly sized (although much less expensive) sofa on the floor I realized it would never have fit. This forced me to rethink the layout of the room completely. I ended up turning to floorplanner.com to help me come up with an even better plan. (see that post here)

I’m so much more excited about the new plan than I was about the original. And I’ve found the perfect sofa to make it a reality.


Ikea’s classic Ektorp sofa. I’m so not normally a white sofa kind of gal. I’d prefer something a little more forgiving (like the beige sofa in my living room), but this one sports a machine washable slipcover and a super reasonable $400 price tag. I’ve been saving a little bit of my home decor budget every month, and combined with the profits from our two garage sales this summer I finally¬†have enough squirreled away to order this lovely lady! I’m so nervous. I’ve been dreaming of redecorating this room since June and now that I’m actually so close to ordering a sofa it’s like meeting a celebrity or something. I hope it turns out as great as it looks in my mind!

Before I bring it in, though, I need to paint. Have I ever mentioned how much I despise painting walls? I hate it. You’d think that, as much as I enjoy painting furniture, painting walls wouldn’t be so bad. Well let me just tell you, I am not an attention-to-detail kind of person, and getting straight edges requires quite a bit of attention to detail. I hate taping, I hate cutting in, I hate all of it. And I’m not joking when I say that I’m seriously considering hiring someone to do it. Do you think a professional painter would be willing to paint only the edges for me (and charge me accordingly)? It’s so bad that the trim in my laundry room is still waiting to be repainted four months later. Maybe I’ll hire my cutter-inner to finish the job in there, as well.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


8 responses to I Picked Out a Couch!

  1. Have you taken a look at the couch in real life yet or just online?

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap November 7, 2011 at 9:37 am

      Just online. I’ve read from other bloggers who have it that it’s really comfy. You should go check it out in person for me!

  2. I have sat in it for a test run and it was very comfy, I must say I much prefer it to the one you originally wanted! As for the paint job… if you can find someone to get it done cheap I would go for it- nothing worse than a bad paint job!

  3. Yay! I love it! We had a white sofa for a while and I had no complaints. We’ve got it in storage now, hoping to use it when we build a new house one day!

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap November 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      I’m glad to hear you’ve had a white couch and would do it again. That makes me a little less nervous!

  4. Good luck with the decorating! It is so much fun to do and even better when you find a bargain.

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