Post # 1
Mr. and I are moving cross country this week, and are thinking about updating our living room furniture.
We currently have beautiful leather couches that are only a couple years old, but they are definitely not for every day use. The leather is still in great condition, but the cushions get flat easily and are expensive to fix. We plan to have children in the next couple years, and we know that these couches will not be the right choice if they can’t even hold up to us.
Should we get new furniture now? Or keep these couches around until closer to baby-time?
If we do get new furniture now, what fabric is best to hold up to pets and kids? Also, if you have recently purchased from a national chain, we would love any recommendations.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t replace it if the actual couch in is good condition. Its not expensive to replace the cushions. Just got to a fabric store that sells foam (usually they specialize in furniture) and you can get pieces cut to your current couch’s size.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t replace them right away since they are fairly new. We just bought new living room furniture from Rooms to Go, it was a great deal and they had a great financing option. Our furniture is 15 years old so it was time. We still plan on keeping it though because the sofa is a sleeper and we are putting it in the guest room. Although if they are in good condition, you could possibly still sell them and use the money for the new furniture, just another option. Our new furniture is some fabric, she said it was chenile but it doesn’t feel like it. We also are having it treated because we have 2 dogs and a cat.
Post # 5
i’d wait until you’re closer to having babies. i’ve also found that leather holds up better than fabric. we have a cat and it’s so much easier to clean our leather couch because his fur doesn’t stick to it like it does to fabric. our area rug is a pain in the ass to get the fur off of it (it’s a short pile, fabric-like rug).
Post # 6
Leather actually holds up better than fabric IMO – and it wipes clean. It sounds like you just need stiffer foam (which often you can get at the craft store, no need for an expensive upholsterer). I’d keep the set if you like it and just replace the foam when the time comes.
Post # 7
Every Couch/sofa we’ve ever bought, we end up hating. Its so hard to find a good one.
Post # 8
I would probably just keep the current set until it’s on its last legs. You’ve got it, you might as well use it. Leather is pretty easy to wipe off. Maybe when the baby is like 4, you could look into getting a new set.
If it’s really bugging you now, though, I’d get a micofiber set. Very easy to wipe off. Don’t get a light beige, though. I have a cat and we eat by the TV a lot, and all I do is take a mild detergent and wipe the surface, and everything comes off super easily.
I sold furniture back in the day when I was in university, and I recommended microfiber to all my customers with small children. No recommendations where to buy, though, as I am not in the States.
Post # 9
I vote that you get microfiber if you buy a new couch but it sounds like you could get new foam for your cushions and hold off a bit. I like microfiber but ended up not getting microfiber when we bought our couch. We fell in love with one and figured when babies come it can be slip covered if needed =)