Soooo this blog post is to save you all a little hassle, and hear my opinion about sofas! Plus, if I can be TOTALLY honest- I’ve owned four now…!
Our first sofa was a dark grey oversized sofa with a chaise lounge. I looked high and low for a photo, but we had chaise lounge before I started blogging. Here I go with mistake number one- it was much too big for the space. We had to walk around the coffee table just to sit down on it! And it wasn’t welcoming at all. I thought the thing to do was a huge couch that faced the obnoxious TV. At least, that is what I thought the cool kids were doing. But a few years later, I have grown, and have found what I think is important in life. We no longer have the TV in the center of our home that was constantly on filling the home with chatter. We have moved it to the back of the house in a “den” so to speak, and I couldn’t be more happy. I couldn’t cook in the kitchen or eat at the table before without the constant chirp of the television in the background. I never realized how much of a distraction it was.
Do you ever go somewhere and come home thinking, “oh my goodness I hate my house now.” Because that happened to me. I met a friend Rachel Butcher who had this beautiful old farmhouse. They do not have television, and I’ve learned so much from her from motherhood to decorating. One day we stopped at her sister in laws, Mary Miedema’s home, and I still remember the feeling after leaving her also all too perfect farmhouse. I left with my jaw dropped to my knees, and my jaw still drops when I think of their homes and the feeling of welcoming they portrayed! SO, what in the world am I getting at? The point is, no matter what, I wanted our home to feel open and airy and welcoming just like theirs. I want guests to feel comfortable walking in the door and not wanting to leave. I want the focus to be family oriented, functional, and practical all while still looking pretty. One thing I took from both of their homes was the living room. It wasn’t stuffed with oversized furniture all faced towards some silly flat screen TV. They both had a comfortable normal size sofas with two chairs somehow all facing each other. Maybe a few family photos hanging on the walls, or a painting or picture, but moral of the story I felt like I could sit down and have a conversation with friends while feeling right a home. And that focus is my GOAL.
Okay. So coming home I knew I had to make some changes. It took a few months before I talked my husband into moving the TV into a secluded room in the house and away from the center of the home. No, I can’t watch TV while making dinner anymore, but let me tell you- I don’t miss it! With the chaise lounge, you can’t move the sofa around like you can with a normal sofa. Before the TV was removed I tried out the Stocksund furniture from IKEA. This is an old photo, but you can see it in here. With the room facing the TV, it still doesn’t look that welcoming and you still have to walk around the coffee table to sit down! Ugh. But the lighter sofa made the room more open and airy.
Okay so I do love this couch. Its beautiful. I love the legs on this couch and the open and airy feel. As far as comfort.. its okay! I mean its not some plush oversized sofa that makes you feel like you are lying on a bed. I will say the hubby wasn’t happy going from an oversized huge couch to this! (Sorry honey). And it is totally slip covered. So yes you can wash it, all of it!
Lastly for this room, the Farlov. Why the heck did I change from the Stocksund to this?! One word for you- comfort. This is wider and longer than the Stocksund. And the solid cushion on the bottom is basically one big mattress. (Insert all the praise hands here!) Can you imagine a sofa with no crumbs stuck in the cushions?! Well folks, this is it.
And the fourth couch I have owned is the Erktop. I decided we needed two couches in the home so this could be in the playroom. I debated this or the matching Pottery Barn one for weeks. To tell you the truth, I actually ordered the Pottery Barn one and cancelled it! I read a million blog posts and reviews comparing them, and thought the Pottery One would be more comfortable. Why? I am not sure. I think it is a few inches bigger, but ultimately my husband said “by the more expensive one because it’s probably nice.” HA! I don’t think that logic is always right?! Well you guys, if you didn’t know this know already, this sofa is 399$. (Well, technically 499$ if you get it in white like I did ((Insert eye rolling emoji here.)) But talk about a no brainer! (No brainer on the price, not getting it in white because that was sort of dumb…) And it is all slip covered as well. Between chocolate, boogers, and you name it, I can wash it alllll out! Yes- white is DUMB, but you can wash it… hello?! Cool right?! Plus with a couch so cheap- who cares?! Plus it IS comfortable if you ask me. Win, win, win.
Okay you guys, this is me adding this section in after this post, but I just learned something VITAL! You can purchase IKEA couches without their slip cover!!! I’ve been a fan of BEMZ for a while now, and I knew I always wanted to purchase one of their covers down the road, but I had NO idea you could buy the sofa coverless and just order one of there’s! Why did anyone tell me this?! Anyways, do as I say and not as I do. Purchase an IKEA sofa and special order a beautiful cover from BEMZ. The quality is amazing and you won’t be disappointed. I pinky swear promise too :p
And last, but not least, if you live in Mid-West MI hit up my friend James from VIA IKEA for delivery or assembly. He’s the best. Seriously!
Thank you all so much for stopping by as always! I hope I helped somehow with you decisions! Have a good day!