WARNING: if you are living on benefits or a low income this thread might be considered distasteful. None of the below is me complaining or seeking sympathy or anything like that, but I will be exploring some of the psychological issues about becoming, basically speaking, rich.
Currently having a bit of an existential crisis due to choosing a sofa. Most I’ve spent on a sofa in my life is about £40 off gumtree - otherwise have always had hand me downs or lived in furnished places.
Over the last 12 months our household income has become quite significantly higher than anything I have ever really experienced. This is great obviously. I can’t claim not to have had any privilege in my life beforehand, but money worries have been for long parts of my life very stressful and I mainly move in social circles where this is common.
But having taken advantage of lower house prices in the colonies and spending quite a bit of money knocking walls down etc in our new flat, we’re getting rid of my father-in-laws 20 year old sofa and buying one new for the first time ever. We started in IKEA and really didn’t like what we found, so have gradually worked our way up through DFS and SCS to Sofa Workshop, Sofology and even tiptoed onto the Habitat website. Once you’ve seen a £3,000 sofa, and realised you could probably afford it, on finance at least, it’s hard to go back to the £500 one and feel satisfied. But I just can’t, can’t fathom spending that much. It would fill me with guilt and to be completely honest embarrassment if it ever came up in conversation. But then you start looking at the £1,800 sofa and thinking, “yeah that’s reasonable enough”. But it really isn’t is it.
These sofas aren’t event that great to be honest. I don’t want anything fancy, just a nice looking sofa that is really really comfy.
So, how much would you spend/have you spent on a sofa?
And if you’ve bought one recently, what did you get?