We needed a new sofa. We wanted a new sofa to appear in our living room with little to no effort. While the sofa search didn’t turn out to be entirely effortless, our experience was free from shouting, tears, running out of gas, or poetry readings. (Don’t ask.) The essential tools turned out to be a laptop, wine, and compromise. There’s no shortage of fabulous furniture sources these days, but with the constant stream of choices via inboxes and Pinterest, store windows and online shopping, we were finding the options overwhelming! It felt like being a kid in a candy store…but we could only choose one piece. So, my husband and I each chose three top couch contenders to debate, consider and whittle down to the Last Sofa Standing.
The must-haves (according to him): comfort, a minimum of 84 inches long (“long enough for a nap”), comfort, not too many decorative pillows, comfort. The must-haves (according to me): stylish but practical (for pets, naps – all his, and entertaining), not too many decorative pillows, quality construction. The first round of sofa contenders were knocked out easily. Too expensive. Too velvet. Too big. Too small. The second round eliminations were a little more difficult, but eventually my favorite was determined to be ‘aggressively tufted’ – and, let’s be honest, he didn’t have a favorite, he just wanted a comfortable spot to nap and watch television. (Sorry, ladies…he’s taken!) And then, like magic, there was One. It was an irresistible combination of easy style and even easier price, and the nearly-new West Elm sofa from Previously Owned by a Gay Man was in the number one spot.
So, we took the plunge. We purchased a previously owned by a gay man sofa! Not only did it come from previouslyownedbyagayman.com, but this particular piece once belonged to Douglas – an actual gay man -and the ever-tasteful, design savvy guy who inspired the site. The Douglas pedigree gave the West Elm sofa some real style gravitas (if it was good enough for Douglas…), and the stressful sofa shopping experience we dreaded was surprisingly simple. Our previously owned by a gay man sofa is a perfect combination of style, comfort, and quality – at a great price – and hit all of our must-haves. It was a leap of faith, a bargain hunter’s dream, and in the end a sofa appeared in our living room with little effort. It’s a match made in furniture heaven.