I was once the proud owner of one ugly couch. When you're in college and counting pennies for a pack of ramen, you'll take any free thing you can, which is how my couch and I met. She was the cast-off of a friend's dead grandma. I was a bit worried that the cushions contained her wandering spirit (since I did find a dirty sock tucked between the cushions), but the only thing left of the g-ma was a lingering smell of old lady perfume (which is, by the way, one of the worst smells out there) and Bengay.
My couch wasn't just passively ugly " it worked hard to be truly hideous. The velour fabric was printed with a large swath of blue and brown flowers. The massive armrests were detailed with dark wood. The bottom was fitted with a pleated skirt. In a kick of self-preservation, my couch made sure it didn't fit any of the standard slipcovers.
That couch is now probably moldering away in the back of a local Goodwill, which is too bad. For once, it actually pays to have an ugly couch.
The Web site Pimp My Pad and Furniture Gallery USA started a contest March 16 to find the metro's ugliest couch. Until March 30, couch owners can e-mail in pictures of their monstrosities in the hope of winning $599 towards a new couch at either the Edmond location of FG USA (560 E. Memorial) or the Chickasha location.
The rules are simple. Check out the site to find out where to e-mail your pic and other little details. The top 10 finalists will be chosen on April 1 and then people will have a chance to vote on their favorite ugly couch.