Sofa So Good

As you will see in my next post, our apartment is bigger and in better condition overall than our last apartment.  That doesn’t mean that there weren’t ways it needed to be touched up (and still does).  One of the first conversations Tian and I had when moving into the apartment was about the couch.

There are two reasons we value a nice couch.  First, after a long day of teaching, both Tian and I like to sprawl out there.  Second, when we have guests stay overnight the couch is nearly always in use.  Unfortunately the original couch that came with the apartment was fairly old, uncomfortable, and generally not conducive to the type of sprawling or sleeping we envisioned.

The original couch was narrow and had four separate sections.

So, as if we didn’t have enough to do this summer, we decided to go used-couch hunting.  We found a nice one online, but oddly the owner couldn’t be bothered to take the measurements and give them to us over the phone.  Still very interested, we decided to make the 1-hour commute to his place to risk it and check it out.  When we got there, we measured it and it turned out to be just a touch bigger than we hoped, but we ended up getting it anyway.  The best part is that the guy’s buddies delivered and installed it for only $12 that afternoon.  We are very happy with the couch, as have been all of our guests thus far.

We can't imagine our place without the new couch.



  1. that cheap delivery is what its all about! that thing is only fun to lay on, NEVER to move!

  2. Awesome find!!! Looks super comfy! 🙂

    1. Hi Ashley! It is indeed, and the best part is that it comes with a great wife with whom to share it. We need to find a time to skype soon. So much to talk about! 🙂 – J

  3. Sheila Ochs · ·

    What did you do with the old couch? Your place looks great, nice floors.

  4. All the furniture in Chinese apartments should be provided by the owner. Admittedly it’s a little odd that you end up sharing furniture with countless numbers of previous guests. But it is convenient because you usually don’t need to spend money on furniture or move that stuff. A nice couch was really important to us so we decided to spend the money to upgrade our life for a year. It ended up being less than $100 bought and moved.

  5. Forgot to mention to that at the end of the year, we’ll either try to sell it again or the owner will like it and want to pay us half the cost to keep it. The second option is the most ideal because we won’t have to deal with all the hassle of the external sale.

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