Patrick and I went shopping for a red chair. What you should know about us is I like to shop and he doesn’t (unless of course it’s for movies and electronics). The other thing is Patrick figures when you say you are going to do something you mean right now. I have a little more patience (meaning I can wait a long time for just the right thing, however when I make up my mind I want it right now too). As a designer, thousands of fabrics are available to me so are hundreds of chair frames. Custom furniture can take 12- 16 weeks. Neither one of us wanted to wait that long to complete his room so we checked out the local retail furniture stores.
Our mission was to find a similar chair to the one Doc Brown had in Back to the Future. We found a couple red chairs in micro fiber (not a big fan of micro fiber). Although they were quite inexpensive, they were also too big.
Two mistakes people make when shopping:
1. You get what you pay for! Cheap never lasts as long as a good quality piece. Buy the best you can afford.
2. Measure your doorways and stair ways before buying. No sense in hauling something home if you can’t get it in the house. Custom furniture is not returnable!
There isn’t a 36” wide opening on any door in my house interior or exterior. Pat’s room is on the second floor. Not only did we have to get it into the house, we had to get it up stairs.
We bought a very nice recliner in red leather! The size was perfect (it did take a little maneuvering, but we were successful). It was on sale for under $800.00. Not a bad price for leather. Knowing Pat, he will take very good care of it. He will want to change color schemes before it shows any wear!
Our next step will be finding fabric for bedding and window treatments so we can choose paint colors. Paint can be mixed in an endless number of colors, shades or hues. A good paint company can match anything. So even though picking a color is difficult for most people, select your fabrics first, then mix a paint to coordinate with your soft goods.