Quick! What’s the ugliest thing in this living room?
It’s the hiddy blanket-covered ottoman monstrosity, right?
Under that blanket lurks an ottoman that used to be awesome but now is completely covered with cat scratches (see the old picture at right; it looks even worse now). It also, as of this week, has a giant hole on top where somebody apparently tried to peel it apart. Even so, we’ve been trying to get by with this ugly thing because, well, aside from the spending fast, my problems with replacing our trashed ottoman are twofold. First, I didn’t want to replace a soft ottoman with a hard coffee table while we had a baby who was just learning to walk because I didn’t want him to hurt himself on the table. Second, I didn’t want to replace the soft ottoman with another soft ottoman because, if I’ve learned anything during my years on this planet, I’ve learned that cats will scratch the ever-lovin’ hell out of soft furniture such as an ottoman, which, deliciously, is generally available for scratching from every angle.
We’ve been scraping by with this thing by keeping a blanket over it to hide the destruction. This approach has many problems including but not limited to the following: you can’t tell from the above photo because the blanket is totally off center for purposes of taking that photo, but the blanket doesn’t actually cover all the damage; Soren, who can walk without falling into furniture now, pulls the blanket off pretty much every day, so if he’s awake, we usually throw the blanket in our room so he can’t drag it around the house and get fur all over it, which means we have to look at this thing all the time; the blanket is always covered with cat fur, which never comes off completely even after being washed; and honestly, that shit is just janky as hell. If I recall correctly, I included a disclaimer in my spending fast that allows for replacement of necessary items. Arguably, a coffee table is a necessary item in our house.
So tonight I’m drinking beer and looking at coffee tables on the internet. (It doesn’t get more exciting than this, folks.) I would prefer to not spend a ton of $$ on this, but I’d like to get something that will last for a long time, because we tend to keep stuff forever, or at least until it gets to the point of our current ottoman, which pretty much makes me embarrassed to have people over to our house (not kidding).
The room looks the same as the top picture, minus the floor lamp (it was wobbly but we hope to fix it up one day because I love it). So it’s pretty much beige, sage green, and brown. It’s a long, narrow room so a square table wouldn’t work. I want something modern (if I had a style, it would be 70s Miami socialite grandma) and reasonably durable. We won’t have the current sectional forever, but I’d replace it with something similar. I don’t mind mismatched wood. I don’t like tables that are predominantly metal or glass.
After scouring thousands of websites (I exaggerate), I’ve found three options I like:
(Option 3 would be two of those, connected to form a coffee table.)
So far, I have a favorite and Ben has a favorite. Prices are, in no particular order, cheap as hell, reasonable, and expensive.
I’ll keep you posted, hopefully soon!