Never cheap out on furniture!

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A few years ago, we had been married for two years and were still sitting on hand me down furniture.  We both had a job and were expecting our first baby.  We also had a house dog, who loved to curl up on the couch and bring dust and pollen inside, so we wanted new couches that were allergy friendly and were also easy to clean up.  We searched a few places, but really couldn't spend a ton of money on new couches.  A few friends of ours had good experiences at Big Lots.  I know, we thought exactly what you are probably thinking…Big Lots???  for furniture???  But they really do have some nice pieces.  So we checked into it and found that they had some nice couches made by Ashley furniture company.  They were pretty, made of "pleather," comfy, and just what we were looking for.  So we bought them for about $2,000 and went on our way.  Hubby really liked them because each had two recliners built IN them, and with our small house at the time, we didn't have room for an extra recliners, so this was perfect.
For a couple of years, our couches were awesome.  We were really happy with our purchase.  But then….this started happening:
and then this:
We had no clue what was going on.  The worst place was where no one EVER sat.  There was no valid reason that we could think of WHY this was happening to our couches when we had them for only a few years!  And now, our pathetic couches look like this:
It is quite embarrassing, but we can't exactly sell them and we don't want to buy a cheap something else, only for it to fall apart in a couple of years.  We called both Big Lots and Ashley furniture and neither company were able to help us at all…not even with advice as to why this happened or what we could do about it!  Big Lots said that the furniture had a one year warranty and since it had been more than a year, there was nothing they could do.
So here we are, with embarrassing, ugly couches, saving up some money for when we can buy REAL leather couches that won't peel off!  This just makes me so mad because many people can't afford the really nice stuff, so they settle and it only lasts a few years.  Ugh!
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Gena is the mom of three boys, ages 7, 5, and 2. She is the wife of a great man, a Christian, blogger, and former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom. They live in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas area.


  1. Mama Luvs Books says:

    Oh man!! That sucks. We got ours from Ashley Furniture too. Hope it holds up for a while.

  2. Oh wow! I've gotten my furniture from Macy's and Pier 1 and it has last through dogs and baby just fine. Thanks for the warning about Ashley Furniture.

  3. Oh, I think we've all been there. When we relocated from New Zealand to New York, all the cheap stuff is worst for wear after 3 months on a boat. We were just saying the other day, thank goodness we invested in good couches. We were so happy when they arrived – definitely worth the investment. Good luck on saving, you won't regret it.

  4. Elizabeth Pyo says:

    wow that really stinks. how about covering it up with those fabric couch covers?

  5. Life With Captain Fussybuckets says:

    That's a good idea! Thanks! I'll have to find some that stay secure though…I hate having to push them back in all of the time!

  6. Being Tazim says:

    The thing is, is 2000 cheap for Sofas? I don't know if you have sample or factory sales in your city, but I always waited for the one in Vancouver every June because the pieces were made in the city and usually several thousand dollars per piece for designer furniture, but I got a sofa for1200$ at the factory sale. Sometimes I think a buying trip would be worth the 10hour drive there again!

  7. oh man that's why i hate leather anything!

  8. Wow…been there with our dining table. I knew it was cheap ($300) but didn’t realize everything would dent it and scrape off the finish, but the kids are little so waiting until they grow up to get a new one.

  9. Honestly, Ikea has real leather for about that much. I haven't found very many good deals at Big Lots over the years. I would check out Ikea and if you're on too tight of a budget for the leather they have some sofas with washable, removable covers!!  How awesome is that?

  10. That is horrible they fell apart like that! Plus $2000 isn't cheap at ALL!

    • I know, right?  They were awesome…had four recliners built in, that’s why they cost so much.  But yeah, they stunk and Big Lots and Ashley did nothing about it.  🙁


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