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will I regret cream sofa + kids??

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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!!!!

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

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.

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

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.

PacificDogwood Sun 27-Oct-13 20:23:02

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

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.

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.

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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.

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

Ok! Ok! Ok! I get 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??!

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.

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.

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

Agree pacific.

PacificDogwood Sun 27-Oct-13 13:27:20

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.

PacificDogwood Sun 27-Oct-13 13:25:48


PacificDogwood Sun 27-Oct-13 13:25:40

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

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

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.

TeWiSavesTheDay Sun 27-Oct-13 10:54:28


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.

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.

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 )

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

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

Yes, and yes. Oh, and yes grin

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...

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.

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

thought you were mixing kids and cream soda grin

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