Why I couldn’t buy a sofa online isn’t as complicated a statement as you might think.
We have lived in our current home, a Victorian semi, for just about 17 months now. It’s in sound condition for a house that is over 100 years old apart from its windows and its boiler… and its water flow which is a touchy subject with Mr Bbed. I switch off when he talks about these sort of things. That’s one of the oh so little things that I get on his nerves about after 31 years together.
As with all homes you want to put your personal stamp on them, don’t you? The windows will probably be the last job. We live in a conservation area and have to replace like for like so the windows are going to be a very BIG expense. I try not to focus on boiler issues too much unless it impinges on my shower time!
We ( the royal we that is ) have estimated around three years from a financial and time perspective before we have done most jobs that will make us feel settled and be able to call our house truly our home. A lot of things are and will continue to be furniture purchases because we’ve come from very modern open plan living to a home that is divided into ‘living’ rooms.
This was our previous living room where my boys spent a lot of their childhood. You can see that it included a very large sofa and as you can guess said sofa would not fit into either our new snug or our new sitting room.
Moving onto replacing the sofa wasn’t going to be difficult in my head or so I thought. I scoured the internet like you do. My requirements were that it had to be:
- soft and squidgy
- teal/tuquoise in colour
- have a matching ottoman style footstool
I fell in love with so many. Here’s a few of them:
Exactly what I wanted but how could I test it out without going down to one of their London stores?
The ‘Knightley’ from Arlo & Jacob
Again a London showroom.
Another one I also loved from Arlo & Jacob — ‘The Darcy’
This one also looked quite lush from Maison du Monde as well.
So much choice and this is only just a small selection of what I found and fell in love with. I was easily able to order swatches so at least I could be sure of fabric and colour matching but what about comfort and fit? It’s a bit different to buying a pair of shoes isn’t it? They can be swiftly parcelled back up and returned but when something is being made to order and potentially you are parting with a couple of k’s — then you really need to be sure it is comfortable and exactly what you want.
So it is for this reason I couldn’t buy a sofa online and I took my self off to a furniture store I’ve purchased from previously in the hope that they could match my requirements in comparison to what I found online. This go to designer furniture store started out in Teesside and has stores in London too as well as a good geographical spread for clicks and mortar style shopping across the country. We ordered it in February and we’ve been told it will arrive mid May so I’ll write up about it when it arrives. There has been a tiny blip so far about the cushions but I’ll explain more when it arrives and I can show you.
I’m currently searching for what I call a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ high backed style comfy chair ( not leather so not too Sherlock) for the snug and having much the same problem.
Believe you me I love online shopping — in many repsects for lots of purchases I prefer it — just not this time.
Do you agree that there are some things especially large value purchases that you simply can’t or wouldn’t buy online?