This rainy Sunday we paid another visit to the La-Z-Boy store in Fairlawn (near Akron) to take another look at the candidate sofa. She Who Must Be Obeyed had found a sofa that pleased her … and I like it too. The hardest part was probably picking out the covering. On the floor it had one of those microfiber fabrics that looks and feels like suede leather. Right down to the cheek marks left after you've been sitting on the cushion for a while. After much consideration and comparison, we settled on a sort of ribbed camel-colored number. Not our first choice but our first choice wasn't available for the sofa we chose. So She made a 50 percent deposit and we departed believing all was well.
Monday dawned rainy and SWMBO reviewed the order paperwork. Oh-oh! The fabric indicated on the order form didn't match what we had decided to specify — it was an earlier choice, a sort of smooth, green fabric — not the ribbed tan color we asked for. So we make another trip to Fairlawn (still raining Monday night) to look it over and make sure the color was right. Charlie, our sales guy, said the mix-up was his fault. We told him that was okay, we were there to make certain we'd made the right choice. After looking at what we had ordered and what Charlie had written on the order form (again, an earlier candidate) we went with what Charlie had mistakenly written on the form. It is to arrive within about 60 days. Hopefully it will be a long, long time before we shop for another sofa but we have a very bad track record when it comes to sofas.
We stopped at McDonald's for an ice cream sundae on the way home. An interesting evening.
Tonight I tried out the La-Z-Boy Customize tool on their Web site: http://www.la-z-boy.com. That's where the picture (above) came from. Lots o' fun! You can get an idea of what any piece of covered furniture will look like with its available fabric coverings. We didn't know about this when we started shopping. Maybe it didn't matter much. I tried sitting on the computer monitor with the new sofa displayed and it was terribly uncomfortable … those flat panels have very pointy corners. The reclining feature didn't work, either; I couldn't find the release button on the monitor and by then it had collapsed beneath me. For now it's probably best to stick with the real deal in the brick-and-mortar store!