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Friday February 28 2014

Yesterday evening, just as the place was closing, I spotted (and took bad photos of) a promising sofa, hiding in among lots of other clutter in something called the Futon Centre, in Tottenham Court Road:

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Staff were trickling out the side door, even as I was seeing this for the first time.  Can I take a closer look, just for a second?  Yes, just a quick one, they said.  But, look on the website, they said.

So I did, and this is what I found:

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Three hundred and fifty quid.  As you can see there is a choice of colours.  If on closer inspection (tomorrow?) I find that I like it, and that it is not too deep front-to-back, I am in the mood to take the hit.  After all, a sofa is for life, not just for the next few weeks, and I think I do like it already.  Deep it may be, deeper than I would like.  But almost all of the other sofas I’ve looked at are hideous monster sofas with arms on them like the arms of a person starring in a television show called Embarrassing Arms.  I already have a monster armed sofa like this and could not bear another.  Those arms are two extra people.

The question is: Can I get it up my stairs?  Because of Health and Safety the people who deliver it won’t do that.  How the hell does that make the world any safer?

Wish me luck.  If this suits, then I will win that fifty quid, in the limited sense of not having to give it to anyone else.

Well, finally! Congrats (if you did buy it).
As to 50quid...well, I made a sporting attempt. Too bad I didn’t know you are looking for a simple futon.

To know if it’s too deep: the dimensions @link say the seating depth is 94cm, including frame. So take the tape measure and ballpark your most comfortable seating depth. Preferably before you go to the store.

Posted by Tatyana on 03 March 2014

Well I had a close look at the thing on Monday, and it is just too big.  A tape measure didn’t tell me the whole story, but seeing it did.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 05 March 2014

I’m beginning to wonder whether the answer is to have someone (carpenter? upholsterer?) knock up something bespoke for you. I think you might be able to do that for low-hundreds sort of money.

Posted by Friday Night Smoke on 06 March 2014

FNS

Yes, I have been thinking something similar.

The only change being that the carpenter would be me.  I know what I want, and I am good enough at carpentry, albeit very slow, to make something good enough for me, and exactly the size and shape I want.

I can blog progress, with photos, to encourage me to keep going.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 06 March 2014

You have hidden sides that’s very surprising. Whowoudathought you’re good at carpentry!
On the other hand, tape measure does tell the carpenter the whole story…

Yes, please, blog the progress, it’ll be educational.

Posted by Tatyana on 07 March 2014

See this posting.  I built the shelves on the right myself.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 07 March 2014
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