Sunday, January 2, 2011

First big purchase in 2011

We have been living in our apartment for almost 3 years now.  In the last few weeks Mr Curious and I have been thinking about furniture upgrades.  On top of the list is our sofa, which we purchased when we moved but is now sagging badly.

This is what the sofa looked like at the beginning.

Now, the two seats in the middle (where Sunny the polar bear was lying on) have sunk and are no longer offering any support.  It is so disappointing since we spent a decent amount of money on it and we were hoping it will last us many years.  Well, we learnt from our mistake and this time around, quality is our #1 concern.

Today is sofa shopping day.  We narrowed our choices down to two - King Furniture and Natuzzi.  We visited King Furniture first but nothing took our fancy.

I went to Natuzzi earlier this week to do some scouting, and I liked Fly.

I like the contemporary look, and the back of the sofa seats are adjustable, so if someone shorter is sitting on the sofa, he or she can move the back downward and make the seat shallower.

Mr Curious wasn't a fan though.  He said he wanted something with better neck support.

We spent a long time checking out all the sofas in the showroom, and finally Mr Curious found one he liked.  The Malcom has an adjustable headrest which suits Mr Curious to a T.

The configuration in the above photo is a bit too narrow for our lounge room, so we are going to get a 3-seater and a chaise.  Looking at it now, it is very similar to our current sofa!  I guess our taste hasn't change that much.

There were many colours to choose from, so the sales guy allowed us to take the leather samples home to match our decor.  He said he would pick the samples up from our place when he finishes work.  It makes a big difference to be able to see the leather samples at home because of the difference in lighting.  We ended up choosing a colour we dismissed at the shop.

The sales guy also bought us some good news.  The initial quote he gave us was incorrect and the sofa in the configuration we wanted costs $400 less.  That was a sweet surprise because we were happy with the original quote - it was almost like a discount!

It's going to take 4 months for the new sofa to arrive. I can hardly wait!


  1. That sounds exactly like our sofa! Was yours from Domayne by any chance? I am so disappointed in the quality of ours.

    Hubby and I went to King Furniture the other day and liked the 'Opera' style. Your new one looks lovely, very exciting, can't wait to see it when it arrives!

  2. Our current sofa is from Brescia furniture. The seats were nice and firm at the beginning but sagged really quickly. Such a disappointment.

    The Opera looks nice! TBH I didn't look at all the sofas at King, I think I have subconsciously made up my mind to buy a Natuzzi.

  3. Having a Natuzzi couch myself, I can vouch for it's quality - I've had mine for 5 years and it hasn't sagged yet. You won't be disappointed.

    Happy New Year by the way! Looking forward to reading all of your posts for 2011!

  4. Oops, the one we like at King is the Oscar, not Opera - the Oscar you can adjust the head rests which my hubby liked.

    The Natuzzi's are nice, I think we might have to pop in and have a look! I'm liking the Java, but the Malcolm looks awesome as well. How exciting!

  5. They are all so expensive.

  6. Hi there,
    I was just wondering whether your couch has arrived yet and what you are thinking so far? I was looking at this couch as well and loved it. However, I have come across a few blogs saying that some Natuzzi's are still made in china and can be different quality and some said don't buy it. Now, if I am considering spending this much money I'd like to see whether it is worth it!

    Thank you. :)

  7. Hi there

    We received it in April and I'm sitting on it as I type. The sofa was shipped from Italy so I assume it was made there. It's very comfortable and supportive. Mr C and I are both happy with it.

    I wish we spend the extra $500 to get the foldable bed.

  8. new home owner
    in our old house we had a king with adjustable neck rest, after 15 years it was as comfortable as the day we bought it. our kids took this and for our new house we bought Natuzzi, this arrived with the top sunburned and cracked, after several calls to Natuzzi-Hobart finally a woman appeared and splashed some water on it saying thats all it wants, made no difference. next time we rang Natuzzi had closed down. will buy King in the future, while now made in China at least its designed in AUS. advise anyone buying furniture insist on seeing the unit in the showroom before purchase.

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