will I regret cream sofa + kids??

(37 Posts)
Annie456 Sat 26-Oct-13 18:29:00

I've just moved into a new house and have been sofa shopping..i've found a beautiful cream sofa (which comes in a range of other colours but I've fallen for the cream). I've got a 2yo DS and just about to have another DC...will I really regret it? DH keeps referring to jam on toast, muddy shoes and cat paws. tell me he's wrong!!!!

Yes. You will regret it!

wonkylegs Sat 26-Oct-13 18:36:22

We have a DS and a cream sofa
DS is 5, sofa is 9yo and still cream
It's scotguarded and has removable covers so when disaster strikes (huge pregnancy bleed, dropped glass of red wine etc) it's cleanable.
I usually have a bottle of vanish upholstery cleaner in the cupboard but it's weathered well with not too much effort.
DS isn't allowed food on the sofa but that's the only rule.

ggirl Sat 26-Oct-13 18:37:29

I have cream sofas Ikea Ektorp, ds older than your two but I cover the seats with cream throws from ikea so they are washed regularly and the arms are covered in cream covers bought from ebay.Can't really notice them but they are washed regularly as well. The covers are washable as well.
I am thinking of getting sand/beige covers as well for the winter . Hve had same sofa for yrs and keep changing the covers .

Herhonesty Sun 27-Oct-13 00:42:57


GobbySadcase Sun 27-Oct-13 00:43:33

Brown wipe clean leather here!

extracrunchy Sun 27-Oct-13 01:00:19

Yep. I have learned this from experience!

ThisIsntMyEverydayUsername Sun 27-Oct-13 01:04:14

If it's leather then it will be fine (will need a proper good clean every few months or so), wouldn't dream of a cream/light fabric sofa.

We have a white sofa & 2 under 2, it's currently white & chocolatey fingerprinted

mathanxiety Sun 27-Oct-13 01:41:38

Been there and done that and now am on cream sofa #2, this one Ektorp with removable covers, and so much better than the original non-Ikea one. The DCs are a lot older than they were when I got the first one but I still see the odd mark and I have also acquired a black cat since getting rid of the old sofa. When it all starts looks dingy I whip the covers off and wash them all so they will all wear at the same rate.

I am also thinking of getting winter covers!

Twiddlebum Sun 27-Oct-13 03:03:09

I think it depends on what you are like in general with housework etc! When we moved into our newly refurbished cottage the entire place was carpeted with cream carpets! We had a no shoes rule etc and tried our absolute hardest to keep them clean - impossible!! We now have wooden floorboards!! On the flip side I have friends that have dogs and kids white cream carpets a d cream sofa etc and her place is immaculate!! But then again she always has come cleaning product it other in her hand!! If you love housework then go for it.... If you prefer low maintenance then stay well clear!

Cerisier Sun 27-Oct-13 03:14:01

Firstly ban shoes from the house and food anywhere but the dining table then you are in with a chance as long as the covers are washable.

I have two cream sofas and the covers are looking fine after many washes and after many teenagers have lounged all over them. I have had to wash out blue ink, Nutella, red wine and tea.

mathanxiety Sun 27-Oct-13 03:26:19

No shoes here either, and food and drink in kitchen or dining room only.

pollywollydoodle Sun 27-Oct-13 03:58:15

thought you were mixing kids and cream soda grin

trixymalixy Sun 27-Oct-13 04:11:35

I regretted the cream sofa before I had even had kids. Can't imagine how mucky it would have been with two kids in the house!!

Thankfully it had removable covers that I replaced with darker ones.

LillyNotOfTheValley Sun 27-Oct-13 04:20:16

Yep. I made the mistake too and now have a bunch of lovely plaids to cover up the mess my terrible twos have made.
Send the couch back or be prepared to invest in those...

octopusinastringbag Sun 27-Oct-13 04:28:32

Yes, and yes. Oh, and yes grin

Annie456 Sun 27-Oct-13 10:36:54

Argh this one doesn't have removable covers...but lots of cushions that make up the back and sides. I like the idea of arm covers during kiddy daylight hours. The fabric we're going for is beige and light brown flecked so in hoping that would help with hiding dirt??! We had cream carpets in our last house and they we're completely trashed but came up nicely with a professional clean so perhaps I need to budget for regular cleaning? (Anyone know average sofa cleaning prices?) I have fallen for it and the room does "need" a light coloured sofa! wink

Rosa Sun 27-Oct-13 10:49:13

Sister has a cream sort of suede sofa bought when her dds were over 12 - it looks tatty , dirty and I know cost a fortune. ( they had a no eating drinking rule etc )

pictish Sun 27-Oct-13 10:51:57

A cream fabric sofa in a house with kids? Of course you'll regret it!! grin

And what's more - when they get ribena/jam/felt tip on it, you'll go mad...but it'll be your own fault for buying sucg an impractical sofa in the first place.

True story.


We've had a white sofa for two years. It washed well to start with but not so well now (and can you be arsed to clean your sofa every week?)

Our brown leather one is much more practical.

Mandy21 Sun 27-Oct-13 13:24:07

3 children here and i wouldnt have a cream sofa. Not ever. I dont like washable covers / arm caps etc (just me).
I imagine its quite a expensive purchase so difficult to replace. If the room needs a lift I would lighten the walls or curtains or something.

Good grief - yes, you will regret it.
Don't do it.

Cheapo IKEA lether sofa have lasted 10+ years and survived 4 children.


Oh, and don't set yourself up for the annoyance and stress you will feel every time one of your darling offspring comes anywhere near your precious sofa - protective mother hovering over piece of furniture not a happy home makes IMO.

pictish Sun 27-Oct-13 13:49:39

Agree pacific.

yawningbear Sun 27-Oct-13 13:49:49

Yes. Agree completely with pacific. DP has a precious sofa, purchased pre DC and for us cost €€€. For the past 4.10 years it has been covered with crappy throw after crappy throw, that in themselves has cost me a fortune in getting cleaned after someone gets milk, urine, vomit, cheese dippers on them. Fek I hate that sofa.

According to DP we maybe able to unveil it again in 2015.

Unfortunately wipe clean brown leather is your own way to go.

MmeLindor Sun 27-Oct-13 13:55:49

Depends how picky you are.

We have the Ektorp. Bought it when DD was 2yr old, and DD a baby. They are 11 and 9yrs old now and it still looks fairly decent. Getting a bit threadbare but no really horrible stains.

It helps massively that it has removable covers, otherwise it would be covered in ink, yogurt and vomit stains.

Annie456 Sun 27-Oct-13 17:31:35

Ok! Ok! Ok! I get it...no cream sofa grin( so ill probably get one in dark grey and fill it with lighter cushions and a throw...though has anyone successfully covered a sofa with a throw without it looking like a decorating sheet??!

mathanxiety Sun 27-Oct-13 17:45:36

Don't bother with a throw. Cushions (with removable and washable covers) are better. Walls or curtains can be light coloured.

Tubemole1 Sun 27-Oct-13 17:47:13


thenightsky Sun 27-Oct-13 17:47:47

My previous sofa was cream. It wasn't so much the kids' shoes, jam etc, but rather people leaning against or brushing past it in the same spots whilst wearing jeans. Jeans, no matter how old and well-washed, leave blue stains all over cream sofas.

Karbea Sun 27-Oct-13 19:05:29

I nearly got a white leather sofa when I was single (no kids, animals, husband) but decided against it, because I was told dark blue jeans would rub off on it. I would never do it with kids.

Aw, Annie, I hope you don't feel we are all terrible spoilsports.
Consider us Good Fairygodmothers who prevented you from succumbing a Terrible Fate grin.

I bet your new living room will be fab and by the time it's covered in lots of toys and the general detritus of Living With Children the discussion about 'Should I have a cream sofa?' will be remembered with incredulous fondness

wonkylegs Sun 27-Oct-13 20:40:08

I know everybody seems to think the only work if you are precious about them buy ours really has been fine. Same goes for our pale carpets.
I don't make anybody take off their shoes (unless caked in mud), DS isn't allowed to eat dinner on the sofa (but that's more because I prefer us to eat at the table)
I've only washed the covers when there has been a big accident and when we moved house.
I guess we've been lucky but I thought they were going to be a terrible idea and nine years on I think I've been proved wrong.
Silk cushions however have been a nightmare and wouldn't get them again.

Annie456 Sun 27-Oct-13 20:52:32

Nobody else is allowed to come out I support of the cream sofa!!! I've accepted it..the huge sisal rug is being made as we speak so that will "lighten" the room, huge over mantel mirror is coming on weds and then I might just live in it for a bit with my existing (very tired and old) brown leather sofa and get something non leather in the jan sales (I never bonded with the leather sofa...) I'm just in nesting-overdrive but the sofa will have to give...this time! sad

mathanxiety Sun 27-Oct-13 21:44:29

Well as I mentioned I am now on my second one, because I love the look. But I have to say I really like being able to take the covers off and wash them. It also makes the place smell nicer -- one drawback of the old cream sofa was that it was definitely a bit whiffy.

puddingpie12 Sun 27-Oct-13 23:53:55

Possibly yes. My gorgeous cream sofa got ruined when I moved in with my boyfriend- wrecked way before the baby came along! X

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