My husband and I don’t spend a lot of money on furniture. Most of what we have we have gotten used, from friends, classified ads or garage sales. There are only 2 expensive, new pieces of furniture we have bought in the last 10 years – a piano and leather couches for our basement family room. Once we decided to actually buy new furniture for the family room we spent months searching and visiting furniture stores. We knew what we picked would need to last for years, so we were very picky. There are so many different types of sofas, from recliner sofas to a versatile sectional that it is difficult to narrow down the options.
One of our local furniture stores was going out of business, so we headed their to check out their stock. Of course furniture stores are always “going out of business” and it is a standard marketing gimmick for them. In this case the store wasn’t really closing, but it was consolidating from three stores down to one. We were able to find a nice leather sofa and loveseat at a pretty good price. We decided our kids were old enough to trust with something nicer than the basic fabric sofa we had previously had. It has worked out well, we went with brown leather and it still looks great despite a year and a half of heavy usage from the kids. It is always nice to feel like you got your money’s worth when you make a major purchase.