Even before I moved into my new apartment, I had an image in my mind of the exact couch I wanted. It had to be gray, modern, comfortable and large enough for a visiting guest to sleep on, but preferably not an armless futon and most importantly within my budget – under $250.00 please!
I scoured every store, including the high end ones, just to get some ideas. I’m certainly not above a good thrift store find, but I will admit, second had stuff with stuffing kind of makes me wary about inviting creepy crawlers into my home.
But nothing, any where, fit my taste within my price point… Normally, I’m not an on-line shopper. Going to a store, searching, trying and ultimately purchasing is all part of the experience for me, when or if I buy something; but, in spite of that I checked some sites. Like the stores, everything was out of reach without a guilt trip over the cost.
One day an ad for Wayfair appeared on my Facebook newsfeed… what the heck thought I, I’d looked every place else… within seconds of opening, voila, there was the couch that had been living in my imagination! Best of all, it was within my budget! I favorited the listing and visited daily for over a week to be sure it was indeed what I wanted. Then to make the deal sweeter, I received a “welcome to the neighborhood” packet of coupons in the mail. There was one for Wayfair that would save me an additional percentage. That plus the free shipping over $49.00 the company offers, sealed the deal!
Wayfair makes searching, ordering and paying, quick, easy and seamless. In seconds my couch was starting its journey and I was starting to worry; for the price could it possibly live up to it’s picture, ’cause let’s face it, pictures can lie!
Within a couple days, sooner than expected, a FedEx guy was knocking at my door. With ease he carried in the gigantic box that was my couch.
Little disclaimer here, when ordering I’d been so engrossed in the find, I paid no heed to the fine print stating some assembly required. Exhausted from a nasty cold I’d picked up on a flight home from New York City (details about the trip in a future blog), I carefully (print on the box clearly states a warning to NOT haphazardly open with a knife) slit the cardboard and groaned in defeat at the sight of the gigantic addition to my living space, that would someday be my couch, if and when I had help putting it together.
Over the next few days I’d peek inside, thinking maybe I really can do this myself, after all I am a strong independent woman – with the strength of a wimp! My just out of teens son offered help when time permitted from his heavy work, school load, but alas, I’d not purposely shared my germs, and he was down for the count.
A week had passed. I knew I felt better when the sight of cardboard was no longer an option. I wanted to relax on my couch, and come hell or high water or a few sore muscles, a couch I would have.
Instead of lifting the pieces from the box, I carefully slit each of the sides to make it lay flat. Then, I actually read the directions – a rarity for me lol. The pieces, I learned, were all self contained, like those Russian stacking dolls, it was adorable, quite clever and pretty darn convenient for when I move again – for me, it’s never an if because I swear there is nomad in my blood!
Over the course of an hour, piece by piece, my couch came to life. Honestly, easy as it was alone, for two people or one person with a lot of strength, start to finish would take no more than fifteen minutes.
To my giddy, grateful surprise, there sat my modern couch in all its glory. A gorgeous shade of gray brushed velourish material, firm yet exceedingly comfortable, for sitting, lounging or sleeping. It checked every wish-list box of the couch that had lived in my imagination!
i lived with my couch for a few weeks now and every day I seem to grow fonder of it. Beside the fact it is exactly what I wanted, there’s an element of pride in having chosen, purchased and built it all on my own. Alone is not something I’m used to, but as a single, empty nester, it’s a lifestyle I have no choice but to adapt to, at least for now!
Addotional happiness is that Wayfairl lived up to – even exceeded – expectations. It delivered what it promised, and though I’m still not an on-line shopper for all things, if I need more furniture, I’ll still do the in-person hunt, but when I’m ready to buy, Wayfair will be my destination.
My beautiful couch in its happy new home.:) Pillows purchased separately from another retailer.
Their ad authentically says it all “Wayfair is just what I need”!