Saturday, August 4, 2012

Lots of Words About Couches

5 years ago, I would've laughed if you said that one day I'd be excited over buying a couch. But here I am, 2 days after ordering our new sectional, and I'm like a kid anxiously awaiting Christmas morning. As excited as I am, this is a somewhat unexpected purchase.

When we moved into our new build home in January 2010, we were lucky enough to be able to afford brand new furnishings. We scrimped and saved in order to do so. One of our biggest purchases was our living room set: Dylan, from Macy's. We had originally planned on buying something else, but when we came back to purchase that set, Dylan had just come in. It was its first day on the sales floor, and Zac REALLY wanted it. It wasn't my first choice, but being the awesome wife that I am, I conceded.

At first it was great, but after a few months, the cushions started to flatten, and the frame began to break down. I tried convincing Zac that we should consider taking it back, but he didn't see the things I was seeing. Not yet - he wasn't ready to come to grips that his beloved recliners weren't panning out.

But 2 1/2 years later, there is no denying that it's breaking down much faster than it should. It's just the two of us and a 14-pound dog. How much damage can we really do? We've contacted Macy's, and they're sending someone out to look at it on Friday. And that person isn't leaving my house until we get a full refund. There's a 3-year warranty on the frame, and we're definitely still within that grace period.

Some of the reclining mechanisms are even harder to close than when we first got it (and it was pretty hard, then). Seeing that I'm pregnant, in a few months it would be nearly impossible for me to get out of the seat on my own. That ain't gonna cut it.

This brings me to the replacement: The Elliott sectional, also from Macy's. We decided to stick with Macy's, because in general, I find their products to be of high quality. All of my furniture has come from there, and I'm banking on a credit for the set we're returning. They BEST be taking it back!

I spent a few days scouring different stores online and pinning my top choices. Macy's just had what we were looking for in terms of price and selection. The Elliott sectional was in my top 3 favorites, and it quickly jumped into first after we tested it out in the store.

The only thing I'm not happy with is that the size we want (120" x 95") has to be special ordered, so it's going to take 6-8 weeks to get it. I feel like Veruca Salt, because I want it NOOOOOOOOW.


  1. I've been wanting a new couch for well over a year now, too. It's not as large as I'd like, and we're both sick of how dirty it is, even though it's supposed to clean off easily. (It doesn't.) Thankfully there's a good chance that Santa is going to bring me a new one, just in time for the baby's arrival.

    1. Woohoo! I hope Santa is good to you. I also liked 2 sectionals from (LOVE Costco), but they weren't the right configuration for our living room. Dang!