My husband can’t believe that I turned down the opportunity get a new leather couch for our family room and opted to keep the very first sofa we ever purchased. I can’t pinpoint one reason that drives me to hang onto our more than 15 year old couch. But I can think of many reasons!
First of all, I don’t think leather is cozy. It may look nice and I like it in my car. But I don’t want to stick to it in the summer and I can’t cozy up in it with a cup of coffee in the winter. Our multi-colored couch doesn’t seem to show too much wear and tear or dirt and grime. Even if it did, I wouldn’t care. I don't want to be panicked when the kids are trying to balance their cereal bowls on their knees while watching saturday morning cartoons.
The strongest reason is...... these couch cushions make the best forts. I don’t know how many hours my son has spent displacing the cushions and standing them on end with a blanket or another cushion on top to create his own little hideout. When his little sister came along, it added a new dynamic to the fort blueprints. He now has to build one big enough for two.
I hate to admit it but the last time the kids were treating the couch (without the cushions) like a trampoline, a spring popped up. I thought that would be the last dying breath of our beloved sofa but fortunately (without my husband knowing) I was able to do some resuscitation via a pair of wire cutters from the garage. Hopefully our crooked but comfy couch will be around a few more years to provide hours of entertainment and exercise for my two children. When I do have to replace it, it won’t be with leather!