To hate throws

(64 Posts)
neveronamonday Sat 26-Jan-13 19:10:55

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itsahardlifegodfrey Sat 26-Jan-13 19:12:57

I think they look untidy too, unfortunately, so does the sick and wheetabix megamix stain that ours hides wink

neveronamonday Sat 26-Jan-13 19:17:10

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Milliways Sat 26-Jan-13 19:17:34

Our cat loves ours as he is only allowed on the sofa when there is a throw covering the leather. We put them on when the fire is lit to protect from heat/spits.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Sat 26-Jan-13 19:20:13

I have a lovely throw but it's pinned to a wall.

I agree. Especially as when you sit down they collapse around you and owner of the sofa/throw combo spends ages trying to straighten it out around you.

They're handy folded up over the backs as snuggly blankets for when it's cold. and teal is a nice colour.

BupcakesAndCunting Sat 26-Jan-13 19:21:59

Teal? No.

I ahve sofa blankets but I fold them up and kind if hang them over the arms of the sofas. They would look unkempt draped all over.

Dirty people have throws.


Pixel Sat 26-Jan-13 19:23:27

I know ours doesn't look tidy but our sofa collapsed and we couldn't afford to replace it, then we were offered one that was on its way to the tip but was actually in better nick than ours! So we took it, but it's cream fabric. With cat and kids it will last about 2 seconds without a throw. Hopefully we will get a leather one at some point.

drownangels Sat 26-Jan-13 19:24:22

I hate throws and always laugh my socks off when people ask for tips on how to make their home look homely and others suggest throws.
They always look like they belong in a hostel.

I prefer to have folded blankets rather than throws, so they're out of the way when not needed.

Sanjifair Sat 26-Jan-13 19:26:57

I hate sitting on leather sofas so I'd appreciate a throw if I came round to yours OP. grin

Pixel Sat 26-Jan-13 19:27:01

Why does that mean we're dirty?

BupcakesAndCunting Sat 26-Jan-13 19:27:25

Sorry Pixel, I don't think that you are dirty. wink Your reasons for having a throw are perfectly valid and fine blush

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 26-Jan-13 19:28:22

I love my throws, they're folded on the back of the sofa, and in the winter I snuggle in them, in the summer I put them outside and lie on them.
I have one for the dog so he doesn't spread his hairs all over the place though he never uses it, and one on my bed,
They have endless uses.

BupcakesAndCunting Sat 26-Jan-13 19:28:37

Cross posts, Pixel!

I was actually talking about people who use throws to disguise vomit stains/cat piss stains/dirty bum stains/Pot Noodle stains on sofas.

We had many throws in our student house.

Pixel Sat 26-Jan-13 19:28:38

Will let you off.
You will be glad to know it's not teal. wink

usualsuspect Sat 26-Jan-13 19:28:52

I have a throw on the back of my sofa.I like it.

FreePeaceSweet Sat 26-Jan-13 19:29:03

I bought an old, ugly but extremely comfortable chair from our local YMCA for £20. Our relatives in Pakistan sent us a huge handwoven throw that fits it perfectly. When its placed just right with the excess material tucked down the sides and behind the cushion it looks really nice and quite expensive (well in pictures it does grin) But my friend has a throw on her couch and it does look scruffy. Its a horrid wine colour that actually shows up a lot of beige stains for some reason. grin

zukiecat Sat 26-Jan-13 19:29:44

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cocoachannel Sat 26-Jan-13 19:29:58

We have blankets, which get put away. My mum is making us 'quillows' for our sofa. They are patchwork quilts which fold down to pillows. Crap name, nice concept.

cocoachannel Sat 26-Jan-13 19:30:46

Zukie - are you my sister!? Have just described my parents' house.

usualsuspect Sat 26-Jan-13 19:31:04

I have loads of throws,my favourite is an animal print one I bought from down the market.Because I'm classy like.

zukiecat Sat 26-Jan-13 19:33:08

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landofsoapandglory Sat 26-Jan-13 19:33:57

We've got blankets that get folded over the arms of the sofas too. Our house can be bloody freezing and I'm too lazy to get up and turn the heating up.

I'm not keen on throws that completely cover the sofa, everytime you move they move and end up in a creased up mess!

acceptableinthe80s Sat 26-Jan-13 19:35:20

Yabu sort of. I love throws, am snuggled under one with ds right now watching toy story. I keep mine folded on the back of sofa/every chair in the house but I hate them when used to cover sofas, they just end up in a crumpled heap.

Pixel Sat 26-Jan-13 19:35:42

Surprisingly the sofa isn't stained at all, which is why I'd like to keep it that way at least for a while.It belonged to an old lady who is still fully continent unlike my ds I'm not hiding anything, honest!

BupcakesAndCunting Sat 26-Jan-13 19:35:43

I don't actually mind throws per se. The idea of having things to put over you to keep you warm is quite nice.

I just don't like it when people drape them over the entire sofa because they never stay tidy.

Pfffft who am I to moan though? <looks at cobwebs dangling from corners/inch thick dust on telly>

cocoachannel Sat 26-Jan-13 19:35:46

Oh yes Zukie. My mum wraps her best dinner service in the original bags they came in. We call her Hyacinth Bucket, which winds her up beautifully.

SunflowersSmile Sat 26-Jan-13 19:35:51

We have old crappy sofas with blankets on them covering multitude of sins.
I am clearly pure filth...
Oh well- I'll live!

Pixel Sat 26-Jan-13 19:36:59

How do you keep a throw on a leather sofa anyway? Do they not just slide off?

Porkster Sat 26-Jan-13 19:37:03

I hate sofas covered in throws, it says 'our sofas are shit'. Or 'we're too uptight to let anyone taint our sofas', like modern day antimacassars.

We do have a throw, but it is folded and draped over a sofa arm. Never to be used!

StuntGirl Sat 26-Jan-13 19:37:51

We have one we call the granny blanket that gets folded over the arm or back of the sofa. It's the bloody best thing ever and I love it. I am wrapped up in it now.

Agree that they generally look naff as throws though.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Sat 26-Jan-13 19:37:55

Even my dad's laptop, which he has no idea what to do with, he just fancied a new toy, has two dish towels over it.

I now have random mental image of a telly wearing a bonnet (no idea why) and now I can't stop giggling.


Must sort myself out sometime soon.


Pixel Sat 26-Jan-13 19:39:06

Porkster, our sofas are shit grin

babooshkadoll Sat 26-Jan-13 19:39:15

Massive expanses of glass in my house so need throws to prevent sofa fade.
Quite like them
Have a variety mostly tk maxx but also a very expenive Welsh wool designer one.

determinedma Sat 26-Jan-13 19:40:34

Our flat is Baltic and our blankets throws are lifesavers. Ds calls them cosies

Boomerwang Sat 26-Jan-13 19:42:03

I don't like throws. We have animals so we have to have a leather sofa otherwise it's a bugger to get the hairs off. Teal is a strong colour but it depends more on the throw fabric. For instance, a thick pile carpet of teal would be horrible but might be nice on fleece.

Anyway, it's just one more bloody thing to wash, what with all the animals we have and a baby that drools...

fairylightsinthesnow Sat 26-Jan-13 19:45:16

we call them cosies too. MIL makes quillows at an industrial rate, anytime anyone she vaguely knows has a baby. When I eventually get my life back (ie when the kids grow up) I am going to make her teach me and I'll have a nice little cottage industry. They are beautiful and we used them every day as playmats, blankets, breastfeeding pillows..

neveronamonday Sat 26-Jan-13 19:45:50

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SunflowersSmile Sat 26-Jan-13 19:52:40

I have a strong suspicion that blankety things on our sofas are the least of our problems in our untidy house.
I shall take my slovenly self away from this thread.....

zukiecat Sat 26-Jan-13 19:53:11

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MammaTJ Sat 26-Jan-13 19:55:18

I have a lovely one shoved behind my sofa, but it is taken out when I am cold or when DP gets relagated to the sofa by our DC.


I have throws, to cover up the sofa, they get washed weekly, when my pet allergic friend comes over I can put clean covers on the sofa - it helps. I don't like leather sofas though.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Sat 26-Jan-13 20:09:58

I have an ancient old sofa. I would love a new one, but can't. So I put a chenille throw on it. They look nice if they are straight, but all wrinkly....not sad

neveronamonday Sat 26-Jan-13 20:12:28

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We have blankets folded over the arms of the chairs. The sofas are leather and when it is cold, I sit on them as the sofa feels like an iceberg once the temperature drops below 80 degrees.

You can't use a big sofa throw with leather anyway, not without superglue being involved but I don' t like them anyway. Everyone who I know who uses them is covering up a nasty sofa but they forget that the throws need a wash now and again otherwise you end up with a stinky, dirty throw on top of a stinky, dirty sofa.

Disclaimer- I know that everyone on this thread washes their's regularly

ariadneoliver Sat 26-Jan-13 20:23:16

Of course if you invest in a plastic sofa cover then you won't need a throw to cover up stains. The seventies have a lot to answer for. grin

TheCatIsEatingIt Sat 26-Jan-13 20:29:04

I don't like the look of throws, but I like the look of this sofa even less. It's 20 years old, my cousin gave it to me 10 years ago when she was chucking it out, it's got various stains from when her DS was a toddler with sticky hands, and it doesn't go with my colour scheme at all. However, it's comfy and serviceable, and replacing it is pretty low on the list of things to budget for. One day we'll have nice sofas that match, but probably not until the DCs are beyond the sticky paws stage. That's a way off; we've only just started ttc!

Those who've got animals and leather sofas - don't the animals scratch the leather, either accidentally or mischievously? I think DCat2 would knacker a leather sofa before I'd finished getting the packaging off!

Pixel Sat 26-Jan-13 20:32:37

My cat never touched my leather sofa with his claws, one of his few saving graces. The stupid sofa collapsed but the leather was still in lovely condition <sigh>.
And for the last time, I am not covering up stains, I am preventing them.
<changes name to Hyacinth>

Pandemoniaa Sat 26-Jan-13 20:32:53

Nothing teal is reasonable.

ifancyashandy Sat 26-Jan-13 20:41:58

Throws covering old sofas were my saviour when I was a skint but house proud student. But I was utterly anal about washing and straightening them!

Now I have an ancient and battered but beautiful low backed Chesterfield leather sofa which can be cold. I have blankets folded over the back - but naice ones - that can be used as an underblanket and overblanket when one is being a lazy arse. I bloody love them - one of them is furry and I feel like I'm a squirrel in a nest!

Christ, you should see the number of blankets and pillows on top of my bed! All the above plus a 15 tog Hungarian Gooose Down duvet. It's seriously like a dray in my boudoir!

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 26-Jan-13 20:43:24

I like teal blush.

pluCaChange Sat 26-Jan-13 20:43:35

I hate throws on beds, too. Between them, and the shark's teeth rows of little pillows at the head of the bed, there's a terribly stingy demilitarised zone, good only for perchinf, which is not what a bed is for.


pluCaChange Sat 26-Jan-13 20:45:15


LadyBeagleEyes Sat 26-Jan-13 20:47:10

What is a bed for pluCaChange?
Mine, especially in the winter is about being warm and comfortable.
And what is perchinf?

2kidsintow Sat 26-Jan-13 20:48:34

My cat used to sharpen his claws on our fabric sofa, just on the bottom corner. We were a bit worried about getting a leather sofa.

However, he was brilliant with the leather and has left it well alone.

Unfortunately he is now rather geriatric and cannot jump as nimbly as once he could. The sofa now has rather a lot of scratches. You have to look closely to see them, and I'm tempted by the stuff that the cobbler shop sells that is coloured leather-cream for restoring the colour.

Darksideofthe80s Sat 26-Jan-13 20:49:23

I bought 3 today blush.
In my defence new sofa was delivered this afternoon and I wanted it to still look nice past tea time.

LadyBeagleEyes Sat 26-Jan-13 20:50:32

Oh, cross post.
But why would you perch on a bed with a throw on it confused
And I don't know what shark's teeth rows of little pillows are and what you mean by a stingy demilitarised zone either.
<Thick emoticon>

neveronamonday Sat 26-Jan-13 21:35:18

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pluCaChange Sat 26-Jan-13 21:44:28

Shark's teeth because there are rows and rows of those little pillow, standing up more or less

And perching because you can't really loll if there's only space between the throw and the pillows. And with the little pillows' being so slippery, there's no support to be had.

Sorry, I'm getting a bit worked up!

MrsCornflake Sat 26-Jan-13 21:57:46

I have one folded neatly over each sofa, I use them to keep warm in the evenings then I put them back neatly again each morning.

hrrumph Sat 26-Jan-13 22:40:54

Well they're not ideal. But when you have a big hole in the arm of your sofa and you can't afford a new one, what's the solution? Doily type arm caps? Or the dreaded throw.

DoingTheSwanThing Sat 26-Jan-13 22:56:01

YANBU. Sometimes they fall down the back and come up covered in dust

neveronamonday Sun 27-Jan-13 21:09:09

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jan2013 Sun 27-Jan-13 21:12:16

my MIL kept giving me nice throws and after trying so hard for ages to make them look nice and dd keeping messing them up, i have finally got rid of them. now i actually just put 2 of dds blankets down to sit on on the leather settee and i think it makes it look really homey and cosy instead.

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