Oh how I detest furniture shopping. I mean, if it’s not enough that I have to take a shower and get dressed, then there’s the driving from one store to the next to find exactly what I’m looking for. And when you get to the store…
Yes, there’s a story behind this post.
I’ve recently been in the market for some new furniture. First it was a dining set for my kitchen nook, then it was for a more comfortable bed, and lastly, it was for a new couch since we moved our current pieces to our media room.
Sounds pretty simple, right?
One would think.
Let’s start with the dining set.
Early last year, I decided to get rid of my perfectly good dining room table for the simple fact that my dogs like to sit at my feet when we eat. The table I had had a round base, which made it impossible for Hennessy to fit under it without forcing me to sit two feet back from the table. Not a comfortable way to enjoy a meal, let me tell you.
So I sold that table on Facebook Marketplace, sold it within an hour, in fact, and went on the hunt for a new one. I found the perfect table that would fit in my kitchen nook so I hopped on Wayfair and I bought it. Great set, excellent price. Table and four chairs.
I got the table earlier than expected, so I was excited. The chairs were on backorder, but still coming, so I sucked it up and decided to wait it out. We used our barstools in the interim but as the delivery date neared, I decided to check on it. Guess what? The chairs were no longer on backorder. They simply weren’t coming. At all. So there I was with a table and no chairs. Needless to say, I had to send the table back (after we took it apart and boxed it back up, of course.) I still do not have a table because I can’t find one that I like.
Now on to the bed.
We’ve had our bed for a while and some would likely call it the Cadillac of beds. It was a fancy Tempur-Pedic that promised the best sleep ever. Well, I happen to be the one person in the world who cannot sleep on a fancy, Cadillac of beds. I ended up having to put a mattress topper on it and still it wasn’t comfortable. I remained true to that mattress for years until I finally decided to look for something that would work better.
Now keep in mind, I’m not a spring chicken anymore. I’ve got serious back problems, some that likely need surgery, but I’m not keen on the idea of that, so I do my best to stay comfortable however I can. And since sleep is important, I knew I needed something better than what I had.
Enter the Sleep Number store.
There is a new one near our house, so we decided to stop in there to check it out. Walked out an hour and a half later, having purchased the new Cadillac of beds. Of course, with the way things are, it took almost two months for us to get the bed and guess what? Our brand spanking new bed was delivered … BROKEN. The pumps would not air up the mattresses or release the air as it was supposed to. That meant that my Sleep Number of 30 was now anyone’s guess since the bed wasn’t working right. We called Sleep Number, asked them to fix. Of course, they were willing to bring out a new pump (provided we were willing to box up the old one and take it to a UPS store – I mean, WTF), but they couldn’t do it for another week. So we were left attempting to sleep on what was supposed to be an air mattress but didn’t actually hold air until they could pencil us in.
Umm … that doesn’t work for me.
For anyone who is considering a Sleep Number and their fabulous 100-nights risk-free trial … be sure to read the fine print. We are sending ours back and paying out the fucking ass for them to take it. And yes, it’s broken. We got screwed in that deal and I assure you, I will not be recommending Sleep Number to anyone.
I’m starting to think I’m not a Cadillac kinda girl.
Needless to say, I had to find a mattress that worked, so I went the traditional route. I’m happy to say, we are the proud owners of a new Purple mattress and it is fucking awesome! Seriously awesome.
Next for the couch.
Well, when I find one that I like that is in stock, I’ll let you know. Every single one I’ve liked so far (at 3 different furniture stores) is out of stock and months out for delivery so I’m pretty much shit out of luck for now.
In the meantime, I would prefer to sit on the floor than to shop another minute.
To sum it up, I will highly recommend Wayfair because they are truly fair when you have an issue. I also highly recommend Living Spaces if you’re in the market for a Purple mattress (or any furniture, for that matter, since we’ve shopped there many times) because they are friendly, helpful, AND we got our mattress delivered and set up the next day.