Who is Audrina, you ask? I’ll give you a hint. It rhymes with crouch or…hm, can’t think of anything that rhymes with SOFA! Yep, we finally pulled the trigger on a new couch! You may remember this big guy…
We bought this couch over 4 years ago for our first home together, a 50 year old 600 square foot cinder block duplex on the campus of our university. We weren’t allowed to paint and weren’t even supposed to drill into the walls, so we relied on our red couch to add some color and vibrancy to an otherwise dingy apartment. Not only was it a really good price on Craigslist and in almost new condition, but it wasn’t your grandma’s floral print hand-me-down sofa. Big win!
It has been a good couch for us, but as soon as we moved into this house and saw it against the oak wood floors (too much orange and red!), we knew we wanted something more neutral and contemporary. Enter Miss Audrina.
Isn’t she fab?? And just a little bit mid-century? Ok, so while I love that color combo, that picture is just to demonstrate the style of the sofa. But boy, was it hard to find!! After perusing several different mid-scale furniture stores, we realized that we might not find a sofa that fit all our criteria:
- Grey or greige colored (nothing too warm because of our wood floors)
- Contemporary style (square & low arms, no skirt, modern lines)
- NOT microfiber
- Preferably removable and reversible cushions all around
- Preferably with a subtle pattern conducive to stain blocking
Like I said, we weren’t finding it. Our measly $600 limit wasn’t helping, but we don’t exactly have a “new couch” line item in our budget. To acquire this new couch, I’ve literally been saving cash from miscellaneous things like birthdays and redone furniture that I’ve sold in an envelope labeled “couch fund.” After several disappointing stores, we ventured into a slightly more high-end furniture store against our better judgement.
But then we saw her. The Klaussner Audrina sofa. Square, low arms. No skirt. All removable and reversible cushions.
Alright, so that picture is terrible and the cushions are all messed up because we were just flipping them all around to inspect them. But anyway, we got kind of excited. Even more excited when the associate helping us said that we could customize the fabric. At all the other stores we’d been to, what you saw was what you got. No customization available.
So went back into the design room and flipped through book after book of swatches while the employees brought us coffee and hot cookies. Wonderfulness. And this is what we came up with. The couch fabric (left) is called Eddy Smoke and the pillow fabric (right) is called Catkin Indigo. I wanted a pillow fabric that could also go in our guest bedroom or our master bedroom. In fact, they might start out elsewhere because I have two totally adorable pillows that have just been waiting for our new couch. Don’t ask how long I’ve had them…
We brought it out to look at it on the couch, but I was still a bit hesitant about buying something that we couldn’t see. Then we realized that this couch, though not the same brand, had the exact same fabric on it.
The pictures don’t make them look the same at all, but they are. We laid the swatch on that couch and it disappeared. They were identical. And I was sold. It’s definitely grey, but dark enough and patterned enough that I think it will hide stains wonderfully! It also happens to be 100% polyester, which apparently is the best fabric for couches because of its durability and resistance to stains. Woo!
We placed the order the next day, but not before checking out the “customization” feature on Klaussner’s website. The actual fabric, Eddy Smoke, looks really yellow on their website, so I tried to find a few others that might be close. And yet, they’re all so different, so really, I have no idea!
I’m freaking out just a little bit, but I keep looking at my pictures of the couch and the fabric and reminding myself how much I love them. And I better love it, because we went over budget. Here’s the breakdown-ish.
- Base price of $650ish (?) for the sofa
- $150ish for the upgraded custom fabric
- $79 for the Valspar Elite Protection Program. It’s some kind of water proofing fabric treatment plus a 5 year warranty. If you stain the couch and can’t get it out, they’ll clean it for you or replace it if it won’t come out. Totally worth it to me!
- $40 for delivery. Cheapest delivery price we heard all day!
- Less 18ish% off from the Columbus Day sale and a 2% cash discount.
- $87.62 for tax. Curse you government. Eating a piece of my couch pie.
Like I said, a little over, but we also put our $200 monthly “house” budget toward it since we didn’t spend money on any other projects or house items this month! That has got to be a first, people! We’ll also “reimburse” our house fund with any money we make selling our old couch.
Well, it’s supposed to be available for delivery the last week of November! I’m super excited but also really nervous! This is the most expensive piece of furniture we’ve ever bought! Even our “nicer” mattress was only $500! Here’s hoping it was worth every penny!