I've had my living room furniture for over 15 years now and I have decided it is time for a change. I went through this a few years ago, and in doing so, I realized that couches and chairs are ridiculously expensive!
Three years ago I got the cushion covers of the couch reupholstered in black leather, because I couldn't find anything as comfortable at a reasonable price and so stuck with the same couch. The leather had started to crack so it needed to be done. I went to a leather shop and found a piece of leather that mostly matched the old stuff. I then found someone in the west end who would reupholster them for me. He did a great job, and I got it at a great price, way less than a new couch, that's for sure.
It has served me well, but the original reason I wanted to change the furniture, is because I was tired of having black in the living room.
While I was at Ikea with my friend Beatriz a few weeks ago I saw the Poang chair in red, and the idea came to me that I didn't need new chairs, just new covers. So I bought a red Poang cover to try out. I put it on the chair and lived with it for a week, but I knew almost immediately that it wasn't going to work. The colour was wrong. Plus my chair is one of the very old models and the cover isn't really made for it. So while talking with my son, he suggested just buying new chairs. It actually makes sense since the covers cost $60 and the new chair is $99.
So tomorrow I will be returning the cover and looking at a variety of chairs.