Who needs to be able to walk in the front door? When you put a couch in the doorway, you fail at decorating. Our oldest son uses a wheelchair part-time, but can’t get it in the house because of our interior decorating disaster. We have over-sized couches that don’t fit our space and have for two years.
We didn’t start out with furniture that didn’t fit. We had a perfectly sized, dark blue camel back sofa. It was twice cast off before us. The color worked, despite the misshapen seat pillow and worn fabric. It was the couch we had when we first got a chinchilla. Occasionally, she’d get under it, and chew the wood. The sofa was in poor condition. We knew it had do be replaced, and dreamed of another blue sofa. It would be just the right size, but more comfortable and cushioned. And, new: it had to be new.
Not Puzzle Pieces
But we didn’t get new. We were offered two over-sized couches and a dresser. I told my husband yes to the dresser, but that the couches wouldn’t fit. He accepted them anyway. They were free and light brown to match our walls. When I walked in the living room after they were first dropped off, I gasped. We couldn’t get them to fit in our living room without sticking out into two doorways. There was no way of arranging them to fit. One of them had to go. But we couldn’t agree which one. We still can’t.
The previous owner had dogs that had torn a tiny little hole in armrest of one of the couches. It didn’t take our children long to increase that hole to over a foot in length. So we covered it with a light brown afghan, which they tore holes in. The light brown showed every stain the boys put on it, much more than the previous dark blue sofa. We covered that with a red blanket with dogs on it.
Learn from my mistakes. Too much brown, or greenish brown, with a garish red makes a much worse decorating disaster than before. We used to have a living room that looked worn. But, it looked planned. The colors had a visual appeal. Now, we have torn furniture that makes it difficult to walk in the room. It just screams decorating disaster.
One day, I’ll get the new, blue sofa of my dreams. It will fit in the room, and be comfortable to sit on. If it gets torn, I’ll be able to put slipcovers on it. But first, we’ll have to somehow wedge these couches out of our doorways.