Something my home has been missing for a long time is a quiet place to read. The only chair that is big and cushy sits in front of the TV. With summer and both kids being at home and playing all day long, a quiet place to go and hide with some reading was something I needed desperately.
I wasn’t about to move my husband’s favorite recliner from its place in front of the TV, so I looked on Craigslist for a reading chair that would be big enough to be comfy and possibly hold an extra kid too.
So I looked, and I looked. Most of my furniture is used or vintage, and I prefer it that way, but the vintage chairs I like have sturdy wood frames with leather or vinyl-covered seats. It seemed impossible to find a completely-upholstered, soft chair that didn’t need to be recovered, and I don’t need another project.
When occasionally I found a used chair that I might be interested in, I couldn’t bring myself to email the seller to inquire. I worried that they might not tell me about spills or pet stains. I kept thinking about that Seinfeld episode where Poppy peed on the couch, and yes, I know all my pop-culture references are to television shows of the 90′s. It’s easy to buy vintage furniture made of wood, but upholstered furniture and mattresses—well, I have a hard time with that.
Finally I called off the search and headed to IKEA. It was the first time I went to IKEA all by myself without the kids, and it was SO FUN! Six hours, several towel bars, and quite a few flat-packed boxes later, I came home with an IKEA Ektorp chair. The only way it would fit in my car was to completely take it out of the box.
It is as great as everyone says.
Also at IKEA: outfits for stuffed animals. This raincoat for my daughter’s puppy just kills me, and it made me the best mom ever.
I’m so glad to finally have a reading chair.