Well, that arrived way faster than I thought it would.
A little while back, I wrote about how our Ethan Allen sofa just wasn’t cutting it for us anymore. Sad, but true. While the sofa remains one of the prettiest pieces of furniture I’ve owned, we realized that it wasn’t doing much for our long
bowling-alley living room. So we did our research and ultimately decided on the PB Basic sectional from Pottery Barn, in a linen. We were torn between the linen or the brushed canvas, and ultimately went with our gut and picked the linen. It’s so flipping pretty too, it was totally worth it. Our biggest concern with the linen was that it wasn’t going to hold up against Skipper’s bear nails, but the dogs don’t come on the sofa anyway, unless they are invited by a human and there is a blanket for them.
It’s worth mentioning, any time I buy a new piece of furniture, especially if it’s custom furniture (you can’t take it back!), I pretty much always cry. I go through this weird buyer’s remorse thing: What did I do??? Why did I get rid of my old [WHATEVER], it still worked!
This time I ALMOST did that. But I was distracted by something else: I had never measured that we could actually get the furniture into the house.
Our Ethan Allen sofa BARELY fit in when we moved in, and even still we had to take it through the garage, then into the kitchen, then into the living room, because it wouldn’t make it through the front door. Now I was thinking “This sofa is longer than the old one….if we couldn’t get the old, smaller sofa in, what are we going to do??”. I would lay awake in bed at night, worrying about it. I tried measuring, but since it’s a 3D object, I had no idea as to what that was going to mean for fitting it through a doorway. Jason suggested we consider researching removing the sliding glass door in the backyard, and fitting it through there. I imagined a worst case scenario, where we couldn’t fit the sofa in through the garage or the back door, so we would be forced to leave the new sofa in the garage until we eventually do a kitchen model in 5+ years.
The delivery guys showed up, and I immediately explained how worried we were the sofa wasn’t going to fit through the front door. The guy kind of scrunched up his nose at me and was like “Seriously? No, it will be fine.” Turns out, the sofa was a true sectional, and came in two pieces. They came in through the front door, and the delivery took less than 5 minutes. So much for all that worrying!
At first my feeling towards the sofa wasn’t tears (like my normal reaction), but just: “Oh. Is that it? Huh.”
The sofa didn’t look much larger in our space than the previous one had. I wondered if the whole thing had been worth it. If all this pointless worrying, the expense, and going through having to consign our original perfectly good sofa was even worth it. I didn’t feel like I wanted to cry, I just felt nothing.
Then I sat down on it.
It got better still: We had a party over the weekend, for 6 people total. In the past, no one ever sat in our living room unless they were watching TV. Now, we comfortably sat everyone, and we had an awesome conversation flow while we played a game. That had never happened before with our old sofa!! The old sofa only could fit about 4 people on it, we discovered you could fit 7 (or maybe 8!) on the new one!
We still need to jazz up the new sofa with some throw pillows, and steam the slipcovers so all the wrinkles come out. We want the room to feel a little more relaxed than it previously did, but still classy. It just comes down to finding the right accessories (Case in point: the giant metal coffee table/storage ottoman we got from World Market). So far, so good!
Now if you’ll excuse me, the sofa beckons.