Picking The Perfect Couch: The Update

A few weeks ago I shared with you my couch searching woes in Picking the Perfect Couch: A Timeline of Couches That Didn't Last. I absolutely loved reading about so many of your sofa stories in the comments. And after careful consideration, I have finally made a decision. Follow me after the jump to see how I came to my conclusion…

What I gathered from the comments is that to have a lasting couch with cats, one that will maintain shape and not get filthy, you should go with a medium dark leather couch. So I ditched the felt idea and went with it. Don't worry, I didn't choose white: the image above is from the store. Here is how I made the decision:

Color: I ordered a medium/dark grey to deal with wear and tear and stains.

Material: Top Grain Leather. My cats have had no interest in leather thus far (keeping my fingers crossed this continues). The material is very thick and durable and should be able to withstand the accidental claw slip, and I can wipe it off to keep it clean. Also, cat hair is no longer an issue. With all of these factors I have put aside my strong disdain for leather in efforts to have a long lasting couch.

Style: I wanted recycled distressed grey leather but could not find anything in a reasonable price range. It also doesn't work on a modern style, and a big library couch just wouldn't work in my home. So modern it is.

Cushions: When I saw this couch I thought, "wow, that looks incredibley uncomfortable". Then I sat down and was in shock — it was out of control comfortable! I definitely wasn't expecting that. At this point I really started to give the couch some serious thought. The bottom cushion is a natural latex, which will hopefully hold its shape, and the back pillows are soft and malleable (which helps soften the look a bit) and can always be re-stuffed if need be.

Price: It was on sale! So I was sold and so was the sofa. It's a custom order to get the grey leather so this puppy won't arrive till December. Now I just hope that sofa #5 doesn't get added to the list of couches that didn't last. Only time will tell.

Thanks for all the fabulous input. Wish me luck!

(Image: Alysha Findley)

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.

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