In my opinion, couches are one of the most difficult pieces of furniture to purchase. Why?
- You want something of good quality, but you don’t want to take out a second mortgage on your house to get it.
- You want something that is pretty on its own, but neutral enough to be able to pull off a variety of different of accents and colors.
- You need something comfortable, but you want it to look nice, too.
- Passes the Ryan comfort test
- About the same length as our sofa, around 83 inches (This is comfortable for 3 people and long enough to lay down.)
- Slipcovered to keep it clean and dog-smell free
- Some neutral color – probably tan
- Under $700
- First we ensured it met the Ryan comfort test. (It did.)
- Then, we had a rain-out day. We still had to go, of course. It is IKEA. But, we couldn’t bring it home because of the rain. I did buy the slipcovers on this trip, because the color I wanted was being discontinued and on clearance (Ektorp beige).
- And, finally on the third trip, we brought home a new member of the family.
Isn’t she pretty? I love the contrasting piping. Very Ballard Designs, right?
As you can see, I decided to pick up the ottoman, too. We used our old ottoman all the time, so it was worth the little extra money. Plus, they had the same color slipcover clearanced on the third IKEA trip.
And, because the post isn’t long enough…
Evolution of the Living Room
We’re still trying to decide what to do for additional seating. Ideally, I’d like to put a few smaller chairs on the right wall. But, we can’t decide on the type of chair to choose, and don’t really want to spend any more money on furniture at the time.
For now, we’re just enjoying the new look. And, the fact that it met all of our criteria makes it a success. (It even came in right at our budget, with an extra slipcover and the ottoman. Score!)
Franco and Lola approved.
What do you think?