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?