Anna Hezel just saved us from an inadvisable couch purchase with her horrifying article, Why Does This One Couch From West Elm Suck So Much?
...the couch began to disintegrate in small ways. We would scooch across a cushion at the wrong angle, and a button would pop off, leaving a fraying hole behind. We would lean back slightly too far, and all of the cushions would shift forward and over the edge of the couch in unison.
Since West Elm doesn’t have product reviews on their website, there is no real reason to know how widely disliked the Peggy sofa is until you buy one and then join the strange ad hoc community of Peggy truthers on the internet. As far as I can gather, the Peggy sofa has been on the market since 2014, which means that three years of consumers have been buying it and then immediately trying to warn others against making the same mistake.
I asked what the expected lifespan is for a West Elm couch like the Peggy. Both store employees told me that between one and three years was normal for a couch with light use.
If West Elm's own customer service line is that their furniture is expected to last as little as 1 year, just imagine what total garbage it is under the upholstery. How do you even make things out of wood that fail so quickly? Do they use plastic screws? School glue?
The feeling of complete defeat experienced after buying superficially premium furniture that is in fact of markedly lower quality than Ikea.
Update: the couch has disappeared from West Elm:
Last night, La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, forcing an excruciating on-stage reversal as millions watched cast and crew, Oscars in hand, realize they had in fact lost out to Moonlight. Embedded here is the full clip of the cock-up. It’s weird to see the […]
At a press conference where Paul Ryan defended President Trump’s Muslim-targeting travel ban, someone within whispering distance of a hot mic muttered “waste of my fucking time” as the House Speaker walked off. Ryan denies saying it; consensus is it was a “bored cameraman” lurking around the lectern after he exited.
My friend Michelle Fox spotted this vehicle in New Mexico. The “non-racist” really makes it!
DJI is the world’s leading designer and producer of easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems. If you’re a drone enthusiast, you want a DJI. If you know absolutely nothing about drones and think they’re weird, if you win a DJI you’re going to become a drone enthusiast.Enter this giveaway (for free, yes) and you’ll get a […]
Although there will never be a consensus about the best way to make coffee, any coffee connoisseur will agree that controlling the grind of your beans and balancing water temperature are the keys to a tasty cup. Since your plastic coffee pot doesn’t really allow for that kind of customization, going back to the French […]