Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Sofa Show Down and Showroom

Whenever someone starts writing about buying a sofa on Apartment Therapy, a conversation starts about price, quality, and wanting a sofa that will last 20 or so years. Therefore, "they" say you should not buy a sofa for less than $1,000, as if that's the sign of quality. Hah!

Even though I'm older than a 20-something, I just can't see needing a couch that will last me 50 years. I see myself growing and changing much more than that. My style is not that staid that the same sofa would satisfy me for that long. No way. So I'd be pretty happy getting a beautiful couch that will last me the next 5 years.

They are out there, good sofas cheaper than $2,000, $1,000, even $900. How low you go is up to you, however, the one thing I hold to when buying anything is: always test it out yourself, if you can. Sit on it, lounge, lay on it the way you would at home, feel the construction underneath, test its legs by wiggling it, and run your hand over the fabric, with and against the grain. Then, if all that works out, buy it.


Eldredge Sofa in Chestnut ($589) and Flint ($579). Size: 31.5 in. H x 72 in. W x 31 in. D

Spencer sofa in Bamboo and Biscotti for $419. (I think this is the discontinued CB2 Shelter sofa seen here.) Size: 31.5 in. H x 72 in. W x 31 in. D

Evan sofa in Toast, Asparagus, and Biscuit for $500. Size: 31 in. H x 72 in. W x 32 in. D

Jane Convertible sofa in Chocolate and Black for $959. Size: 34 in. H x 45 in. D x 79 in. L

Boudoir chair in Honey and Berry for $300. Size: 36 in. H x 37 in. W x 36 in. D

Apartment Recliner chair in Sage and Clove for $300. Size: 39 in. H x 30 in. W x 29.5 in. D

Salon chair in Eggnog for $300.
Size: 40 in. H x 33.5 in. W x 28 in. D

Not bad for variety, huh?


Karkki said...

I completely agree with you about expensive sofas. I hate when I read "but at under $900 it must be complete crap."

I can't stomach spending more than $1,000 for a sofa, especially since it's probably going to be scratched up by my cats at some point.

These are some nice looking options from Overstock, the only problem is not being able to see and feel them in person. That's why I'm too chicken to buy something online.

And the great sofa hunt continues. *sigh*

Lori Pickert said...

this is extremely topical for me, as i'm wavering between buying something "cheap" and something really well made. i have to agree with your point .. what's the use of your couch outliving your changing style? i bought a really well-made couch many years ago and it desperately needs to be recovered, which will be quite expensive. the bones are there, but the shape is no longer what i want...

still, it's so hard to pay a thousand bucks for something that's basically stapled together and not even really comfortable. sigh.

OK in NY said...

I bought an Evan sofa (in biscuit) from Overstock after the $1K sofa from Room & Board that I had in mind was discontinued before I was ready to order it.

The sofa looks exactly like the Overstock illustration, which was a relief. It was fairly difficult to assemble, and from the interior construction I suspect that it will not last 20 years, but I think it is worth what I paid.

It had been hard for me to find a sofa, because my decorating style is mid-century modern, and most MCM sofas (all the vintage ones and most reproductions) are much too long for my living room.