A Reader Writes:
My husband and I have been back and forth about what kind of furniture to purchase. We will be replacing our current living room set this fall and want something that is not going to get totally icky with 4 kids and 2 dogs. We are debating getting leather or just getting some used couches with good lines at a thrift store, covering them with some moisture-proof material and then using a bunch of nice couch covers. What do you think?
Since we just bought our first leather couches a couple of months ago, I am definitely biased toward leather. It’s beautiful, comfortable, durable, and (here’s what really sold me) it cleans up better than any apholstered furniture we have ever had. Think about it. An ordinary couch cushion completely absorbs whatever … fluids your child deposits there. In my experience, even if you manage to get the outside clean, you are still left with a disgustingly fluid-filled inner cushion. Ew. Leather, however, simply wipes clean.
Of course buying thrift store furniture that you don’t care much about and covering it with throws would solve your problem in a less expensive way. But probably not in the long run. And besides, would you love it? If you can afford buying quality new pet proofing furniture that you really love, I recommend that option. We mothers are queens of our homes and we should make ourselves and our families feel as happy and comfortable there as possible. There is enough about parenting small children that’s messy and unpleasant. We spend long days (and in the winter, long weeks and months) here inside these walls. I’m all for making our homes as beautiful and personally pleasing as possible. We recently got a new recliner for sleeping, its amazing.
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