Since getting my raise and having things settle down a bit at work to the point where I think I might be able to deal with staying here for a while (until something else in the organization comes open or a better thing comes along, anyway), I've been, well, nesting, I guess. I like my apartment, if not the location, so I've been trying to make it look and feel more put-together.
The last hold-out of "cheap, college-dorm-esque" furniture is my futon. It's sturdy, serviceable, not actually that uncomfortable for people to sleep on, and it stands out like a sore thumb. I'm starting to hate it. I'm ready for a grown-up sofa, damn it, and since pretty much every other piece of furniture in my living room (and much of the rest of the apartment, for that matter) is second-hand, I feel I can be justified in getting something new. Or at the very least, find something not-new and get it properly reupholstered.
So, I have begun that most awful of quests, the Search for the Perfect Sofa. And lo, it sucks.
I didn't realize how incredibly picky I am about sofas, as probably 99.9% of what I see in furniture stores is boring and ugly to me. This being Florida, it's also generally white, tan, or some variant on beige. So, so boring. I want color!
Somewhere out there exists the perfect teal/turquoise sofa - tufted, damn it - in an apartment size (under 80") that won't set me back too crazy much but is also good quality and worth the investment. I'll also settle for other nice blues, and black if I absolutely have no other colorful options. I also want it to be as eco-friendly as I can afford, made here in the US, and low/shallow enough that I with my short stature can sit in it and have my feet touch the floor.
This is turning out to be a tall, tall order. I found something today that would work perfectly and really appealed to me style-wise, but at the low end of the price spectrum it was $3100, with the fabric/color I wanted pushing it up to $3600. Holy shitballs, furniture industry!
I know I've saved a hell of a lot of money by buying the majority of my stuff used, but I still shudder at the thought of paying over $2000 for a sofa. I know it might be worth it in the long run if the quality really is there, but damn. I had even considered leather for the sake of longevity, but now I'm doubting it'll be in the budget.
/1st world problems