Sofa Rules

We have just recovered our sofas. Or rather, we’ve PAID someone to reupholster and reinforce sofas we bought seven years ago brand new. Seven years? Do your sofas wear out that often? We have three children, and during that time have had two different pets, so it’s entirely possible that we are quite hard on our sofas. We also live in a city of four million people with no central heat or air, so the windows are often open, which leads to pollution and dust, which leads to a layer of black dust on just about everything. We’d also been fairly lax in our enforcement of any kind of no-eating-the-vicinity rules. Oh, there were rules. We were just lax. 

So all that to say, now that the sofas are freshly reupholstered, NEW RULES. And my funny-bunny husband typed them up for us and has them ready for all of us to sign. Here, for your amusement:

Sofa Rules

To show our respect and honor to God for what He has given us and to value not His gifts but to value Him we will abide by the “sofa rules” and understand that there will be consequences and punishment for any choice to violate said rules.


· No feet on the sofa (attached or un-attached; actually, especially un-attached)

· No jumping on the sofa of any form (jumping up and down, flying through the air to land on it, double-twist lay out triple helix back flips, etc.)

· No food or drinks on the sofa. (I’m referring to pre-digested food but now that I think about it I am declaring the sofa a “no-hurl” zone.)

· No fighting or wrestling on the sofa (with the possible exception of some low-impact thumb wrestling)

· No pens, pencils or crayons or paint on the sofa. (this rules out any planned paint-ball wars that might ever exist in the apartment)

· No un-humanoids on the sofa (this would primarily refer to any future pets that we might have but also could refer to future ET friends or lower life-form boyfriends)

· No sharp instruments on the sofa (primarily pencils, scissors, screwdrivers or knives but also would include swords, battle-axes, machetes, or spears)

“I understand these rules and will hereby agree to them, seek to abide by them and acknowledge that any failure to do so will result in punitive actions being taken that might be unpleasant and undesirable to my person.”






8 thoughts on “Sofa Rules

  1. Thanks for the laugh!

    When we moved into this house, our kids were almost 2 and 3. In our old house, they brought sippy cups into the family room and certain foods. When we got here, I announced, “The new owner says no food or sippy cups are allowed anywhere but the kitchen.” Their eyes grew wild and they nodded.

    About four years later, one of them finally figured it out.

    Enjoy your new couches!

  2. Ha! You’ve heard the old adage, haven’t you: You got kids, you got pets, you got nothin’!

    I don’t know how I’d manage w/o being able to curl up on the sofa, nekkid feet tucked under my behind. With a cuppa tea on the end table, and my writing notebook in hand. 🙂

  3. ha!
    Four boys = we are hard on furniture. THIS couch is 9 and looks great… I think because my brother in law’s decorator picked it out and it is a great quality fabric. The one’s we bought looked shabby after 5 years!

    (we did buy a new sectional for the family room last year, it is navy blue and I threw navy sheets over the seats for the summer (you can’t even really see them) but I think it will save them from the college throng!

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