With unemployment comes sticker shock. Things I used to buy without much thought require a bit of creativity now that we live on one income. I like a challenge, so it’s actually kind of fun to find ways to get what I want for less. Here’s my latest score.
The want: A second Pottery Barn Anywhere Chair. Cost $137.
$137 is a lot to spend on a chair that will eventually be smeared with peanut butter, boogers and probably worse. So, I started thinking…
The solution: Buy the slipcover and make my own foam insert.
The foam insert is the expensive part. It costs around $80 + tax + shipping. That’s a lot of money for foam. We have a foam outlet, and I was pretty sure I could just go get my own foam and do it myself. So, I did. The cost of the foam was only $43 (including tax). The slip cover is only $29 (with tax and shipping to TN its just over $40). So I spent $83 instead of $137, saving roughly $54.
Here are the materials I purchased:
- 1 Back cushion: 25.5″ x 23″ x 5″
- 1 Seat Cushion: 24.5″ x 15″ x 7.75″
- 2 Arm Cushions: 16″ long cylinder, 7″ diameter (My store only had 6″ available, so I wrapped them in 1/2″ batting to fatten them up. I adhered it to the foam with a glue gun).
The foam inserts you get from Pottery Barn come with covers on them. And they have batting on them inside that cover.
They look like this.
My foam inserts are a little more basic. They look like this.
Okay, here’s the reveal…Can you tell which chair is the new one?
A few notes:
- The Anywhere Chair is great. I have purchased a couple of them (including foam inserts) from Pottery Barn and my kids have really enjoyed them.
- While I don’t have a huge budget, I do have time. It did take time (and gas) to go get the stuff. Foam really is expensive and the Pottery Barn foam inserts do come with those interior covers and batting, so I’m sure that is part of their price. The ones with the covers are a little easier to insert in the slipcover, but I still managed to make it work. (After all, I have mastered the art of wrestling my bucking bronco of a three-year-old into his clothes, so shoving inanimate foam into a slipcover was a cake walk for me).
- If you can’t afford the Pottery Barn inserts and you don’t want to make your own, you can buy them on eBay. However, I got scammed on eBay once, so that is not something I would recommend.
In the end, a little ingenuity went a long way towards helping me get something I wanted for less. How have you saved money on something you wanted for your kids?