Every once in a while, something actually goes right.
As the few of you who have been to either iteration of Offhand Manor are aware of, gridlore
and I have had a futon in our living room for a number of years. The cushion was a hand-me-over from somewhere, and has never been comfortable enough to actually use as a couch. It was moderately better as a sleeping surface - blueashke
can correct me on that if I'm wrong - but the padding wasn't thick enough to keep one's legs from hitting the frame and cutting off circulation. We've made it work, sort of, with stacks of other blankets, sleeping bags, and the cushion from Doug's late, lamented papasan chair, but that really only made half of it tolerable.
But, of course, we're Broke™, so actually investing in a new cushion was nowhere near our priority list. I've been periodically checking Craigslist for decent looking ones, and hit paydirt yesterday. It was only a year old, largely unused in a spare room, and the original owner had kept it in a mattress protector the entire time, so it was in immaculate condition when I arrived. He helped me load it into the back of the truck (he had a set of these
that I am GOING to get for myself, because they made it so much easier!), I rolled home, and Doug and I managed to Tetris it into the living room.
The new cushion is so thick it almost didn't fold in the middle to fit on the frame. (This was not helped by the fact that we dropped it on top of the old cushion; we'll wrangle it better this weekend.) It also landed tag-side-up, despite our best efforts when pulling it out of the truckbed, but this at least meant I could check the manufacturer's info.
Some searching this morning, and it seems that I managed to score one of these
. Manufactured within 200 miles of my home, in March of 2014.
For FORTY BUCKS.
I'm gonna be spending a lot more time sitting on the couch with Doug, now...