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For a long time, we’ve regarded sofas as more or less disposable. It seemed impossible to keep them in decent shape for any length of time, between kids spilling stuff, cats scratching, and dogs….smelling like dogs–so we spent many years picking up super cheap sofas on Craigslist or at thrift stores and then holding on to them until they’d taken all the abuse they could stand.
Here’s one of the few pictures I’ve taken of our current super cheap sofa:
So poofy! So brown! Both ugly AND uncomfortable: a winning combination if ever there was one. This is part of a couch and loveseat set that we got from Goodwill awhile back, and apparently it was the last straw: after living with these couches for a couple of years, we’re done.
We want a REAL sofa.
But we still have dogs and cats and now even MORE kids! What to do? One advantage to owning approximately 400 sofas in twelve years, is that we’ve tried out a lot of different sofas and learned a lot about which kinds hold up the best to life in our house. Armed with all of this real life research, I’m now prepared to offer my list of……
The Three Best Types of Sofas for Homes that are Tough on Sofas
1. Microfiber/Micro Suede:
One good thing about our latest ugly sofa is that it’s how we discovered that microfiber is remarkably durable. It’s easy to clean, resists stinkiness better than other fabrics, and our cats are not the least bit interested in scratching it (I guess because their claws just kind of poke through; it doesn’t SHRED in a satisfying way like a woven fabric). It also tends to be relatively inexpensive.
To be honest, microfiber isn’t the fabric I’d choose if I lived alone in a house somewhere with no animals or kids….BUT there are some really nice looking options out there these days in microfiber, and I’d rather have a nice microfiber sofa that lasts for years than, say, a blue velvet sofa that my cats destroy within a month. The Parker from Havertys has nice clean modern lines and a tufted seat. I’m a sucker for tufting.
This one surprised me a little. We have a hand-me-down leather sofa in our sunroom, and it’s holding up really well. Of course, I knew it would be great as far as stains not soaking in and all that, but I was worried that the cats would go crazy on it. But they don’t! They leave it alone! Your mileage may vary, of course, but a leather sofa has been a great fit for our house.
And a leather Chesterfield like this one is pretty much my favorite sofa in all the world. How can something so lovely co-exist happily with cats?! (notice that the cats get more attention in my “things that destroy sofas” musings than dogs and kids do. There’s a reason for that. And its name is cats).
Here we have the rare type of sofa that I haven’t actually tried out myself. But my mother, who fosters dogs and regularly has seven or eight of them living in her house, swears by slipcovers. And it makes total sense: you can take the slipcovers off and wash them whenever you need to, and if they become damaged beyond repair (or you want a new look) you can get new ones for much less than what you’d spend on a new sofa. Slipcovered sofas tend to have a pretty traditional look, but, as you can see with the Windsail, that means they can blend in with most decorating styles pretty seamlessly.
I don’t know yet which of these types of sofa we’ll end up with (I have my fingers crossed that we’ll be able to get a new sofa maybe as a Christmas present to ourselves), but I’m excited to leave our days of ugly, disposable sofas behind! I feel so grown up just thinking about it.
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