Hear Ye Hear Ye! We are buying new furniture!
The Griffith’s have officially purchased new living room furniture. I have the urge to stand on a box, in the middle of our town square, and proclaim it for all to hear, because it feels like nothing short of a miracle!
I had been hanging on to our 12 year old furniture for as long as I could stand it. It was purchased back when brown and blue were all the rage in home decor and at the time we loved it.
Since then I have birthed two rowdy boys and had three animals pass away.
Our two dogs and cat all lived into the geriatric phase of life – the most recent dog, Chili (God rest her spunky soul) lived until the ripe old age of 19. She almost made it to 20 years old.
Animals of any kind can be rough on furniture but older animals come with their own set of bodily fluids that I won’t go into, but they definitely put furniture to the test.
Our boys abuse our living room furniture in whole other ways, from diaper blow outs, nose wiping, bloody noses, and all of the other stuff that God’s little blessings seem to secrete.
So I was holding on.
I was wistfully and patiently waiting for the phase of life when we could actually have new furniture that would look new for at least a few years.
Here is our old furniture (God rest her soul, too.)
The day came when I just couldn’t look at it any more. We had saved our pennies and it was burning a hole in my pocket.
What’s a wife to do to nudge her husband into the right furniture buying mood direction?
Passive aggressively leave a floor plan printed out with a list of possible new couch and love seat on the counter top where he would see it. That’s what.
I waited patiently for him to see the print outs and bring it up on his own.
“Hey honey, I saw a list of living room furniture printed on the countertop. Let’s go look at some of it this weekend.”
It has been 12 years since we purchase furniture and I didn’t want to make a sofa mistake I would soon regret. So I am sharing my 7 tips to buying furniture that you will love you long time.
#1 Measure Your Entire Space
Don’t worry about getting too fancy with your notes. Just measure every doorway, fireplace, builtin, anything in the room and jot it down. It helps to try and write down the room in a similar shape on your notebook but don’t worry about it being to scale, just write the measurements down and move on.
#2 Use a Space Planning Tool to Put Your Measurements Into
Input your measurements into a space planning tool will help you envision where your furniture will go and make sure that you purchase pieces that are the right size for your room.
Interior designers use special software but I have found that an free, user friendly version, like Icovia is simple to use and gets the job done.
#3 Peruse Your Local Furniture Stores Online to Get Some Possible Contenders In Mind.
I found several pieces that I liked online and it helped give me a base for what I was looking for.
#4 Go Shopping at Actual Furniture Store ALONE.
Go it alone. No kids. No husbands. Maybe your bestie, but that’s where the you need to set boundaries.
Don’t allow outside opinions to cloud your vision of the perfect living room. Look at the pieces you picked online but also look any anything else that strikes your fancy.
Settle on a few choices and take photos of the pieces you like.
Since you have already done your measurements of the room you will know what will fit in your space and what won’t.
This helps you ax any choices that won’t work.
Haven’t you see the Facebook Marketplace listings that go along the lines of “I bought this furniture but it just doesn’t fit in our living space.”
Don’t be that person.
A little behind the scenes planning will make sure you don’t drop a bunch on benjamins on furniture you will later hate and have to see online for a deep discount.
Step 5: Take your family along.
The next step was to take the hole Fam Dam to the furniture store.
Yes, it was a task with a 3 and 7 year old, but my hubby played really good at running defense.
My husband was the voice if reason. He made us snuggle on the sofas with our kids.
And many of them were too narrow to accomplish any serious snuggies.
But he was right. We do a lot of movie watching with our boys on Friday nights and I just couldn’t imagine not being able to snuggle up on the couch with them!
So, although my fantasies of a dark cream linen couch were thrown out of the window, it was for good reason.
Step 6; Venture to furntiture stores you haven’t yet visited.
With your measurements in hand, go off the beaten path and browse the selection of sets that you may not have already considered.
And wah-Lah. We found a final markdown of a grey linen set with nail head trim on a mega clearance.
And the whole family loved it!
Plus I saved a ton of money finding a mark down and I was able to buy new barstools along with our new living room furniture!
Step 6: Sell your old furniture on Facebook or Craigslist.
Admittedly our furniture WAS 13 years olds, so we steam cleaned it and listed it or $250 online. I also sold our old barstools for $120. This helped offset our newly purchased living room set and they were gone within a few days!
I found the PERFECT furniture for our family in the season of life we are in. I accredit it to a little preshopping planning.
We kept almost all of our existing throw pillows and added a few from West Elm that a friend gave to me as a gift to lift my spirits when my son was diagnosed with Autism.
A friend who gifts me pillows is a true friend indeed.
The tweed fabric masks a lot of stains (even Cheeto dust!) and is easy wiped up with a Clorox wipe.
Our coffee table is still the same and compliments the new pieces perfectly. You can see the coffee table makeover here. The rug is over 3 years old and I am not the least bit tired of it! It’s held up great! See more about our living room rug here. The eclectic plate wall is also still intact and fills my heart with joy, as it’s the perfect eclectic touch to our space.
What is stalling you from buying new furniture??