I'd been wanting to make some changes to my living room for a long time.
There's enough brown in the desert without having it indoors as well. After many months of trying to decide how to de-brown the furnishings, I concluded I needed to dump one of the loveseats and replace it with two matching light-colored upholstered chairs.
I had seen literally hundreds of chairs I liked online but couldn't imagine buying any of them without seeing, touching, and –
most importantly – sitting in them first. So I spent a day in Albuquerque driving to too many furniture stores, and the selection
was dismal. I found nothing suitable. Against my better judgment, I ordered a pair online and hoped for the best.
As expected, getting them delivered to the middle of nowhere was a fiasco, but they eventually turned up at the local hardware store.
I picked them up Saturday and then the real fun began: getting the loveseat out of the living room.
Where's Ethel when I need her?
The loveseat is destined for the goodwill shop on my next trip to town;
meanwhile, if Smooch misbehaves, I can send her to the garage for a comfy timeout.
Some assembly of the chairs was required.
I was pleasantly surprised by the straightforward instructions and existence of all parts.
The zippered flap which gave access to the assembly area was a little annoying,
but a few strips of duct tape took care of that temporary problem.
Overall, the quality of the chairs is much better than I expected. Granted, we're not talking Thomasville or Ethan Allen, but these seem to be a good value for the price. I purchased them from Wayfair (and they're not paying me to say this). I chose Wayfair because their selection is enormous, their website is easy to navigate and provides all sorts of filters to help narrow down choices, and unlike some of the other popular furniture sites, e.g. Joss & Main, customer reviews are available. I filtered my search by customer rating and read every stinkin' review before hitting the buy button, so I was reasonably sure of what I would be getting.
And what I got were two very comfortable, attractive, sturdy chairs...
which Smooch will ultimately trash if I don't keep a cover on the one she will be allowed to use.
So far, she's not crazy about her new chair and is complaining about
the lack of arms against which to curl up. She'll get over it.
Now that I've learned that buying furniture online isn't as bad as I thought it would be, I'm ready for more.
I've been looking for a smaller coffee table for over three years.
I wonder if Wayfair has a filter for "doesn't attract dust"?