While the builders are preparing to cavity fill our brick retaining walls with concrete, I’m doing important things like browsing sofas.
The current state of sofa affairs is not up to standard.
- Ikea’s Ekeskog sofa bed.
- 8 years old.
- Very comfortable for television viewing as long as no one moves.
- Can seat the whole family at once.
- Performs well as a sofa bed, being sag free and able to accommodate bodies that are longer than 6 feet.
- Removable, washable covers.
- Ripped on the corners.
- Categorically cannot keep the seat cushions in place.
The greenie in me will not throw out sofas without a good reason, so here’s the plan:
Move Exhibit A to the second floor, out of sight. It can see out its days in the upstairs living room that will be a multipurpose space: study, secondary television viewing area, kids’ hangout, spare bed when we have a full house. If it lasts, it will be palmed off to the first lucky “Little Pig” to leave home and require share-house furnishings. I will consider recovering it with off-the-shelf slip covers such as these made by Comfort Works:
Not bad for $460, but it wouldn’t solve the problem of the slipping seat cushions. I’d staple those in place except for the need to remove them to use the bed.
- Freedom 3 seaters (x2)
- 10-15 years old.
- Dignified survivor of 3 projectile vomiting babies. (Okay, you probably didn’t need to know that.)
- Good bones.
- In some light you can see heat damage from spending years in storage/transit.
- A bit of light wear on the arms.
- Old fashioned shape.
- Has a green tinge in some light.
Use Exhibit B in the library. These couches are too old-fashioned and small for the large space that will be our main living area but they’ll fit nicely in the smaller library. I’ve been researching the cost of re-upholstering these sofas. Without actually asking for quotes I estimate that each couch would cost approximately $700 in labour, plus material. Roughly, a minimum of $1000 per sofa, more likely $1500 considering my love of 100% linen. Too much. I’m not into sewing, although I did buy a sewing machine years ago for the specific purpose of recovering a foam couch. My skills are basic, but some of these simple sofa cover options are within the realms of possibility (if not for me, then certainly for my handy Mum):
Finally, this leaves a vacancy in the main living room, open to the kitchen and dining room, for
- Modular, fabric sofa.
- Australian-made (except for the first sofa).
- Expected to last 20 years plus, with a warranty to prove it.
- Not too slouchy so that you can converse with guests.
- Not so modern that it goes out of fashion in the next 5 years.
- Price unknown – $5000-10000. (The Domayne sofa is just under $5000, but Jardan do not list their prices which is never a good sign.)
I really like the sofas with a “chaise longue” (the bit without the back rest) for their flexibility. You could perch on the end to face the kitchen or turn around to admire the view or fireplace. Or rest your feet on it at the end of the day.
Have I missed any Australian-made options that might fit my criteria? Have you successfully breathed new life into an old sofa? Got a sofa that you can’t bear, but it stays because you don’t want to add to landfill?