One of the essentials for the grown-up man’s home is a good sofa. It’s a place to read, recline, collapse, nap, watch television and get better acquainted with a date.
When shopping for a real sofa, i.e. one that will last, one should expect to pay anywhere from the high hundreds ($800+) on the low end to well into the thousands. Unlike a lot of options for stylish items for other items in our life, sofas are like shoes: you kinda can’t cheat on the cost if you want something truly worthwhile. You get what you pay for if you play it cheap. Just like good shoes, a good sofa is an investment.
Here are some really handsome and reasonably affordable options that I’ve come across lately. Each of the stores have many other models and styles available. These just happen to be my favorites.
Tyler Sofa and Tyler Loveseat from Thrive
Tyler Sofa from Thrive, shown in "D'oro Slate"
Available with over twenty five fabric/color choices and made in the U.S.A.
Sofa Dimensions: 34″h x 84″w x 36″d
Sofa Price: $1,599
Loveseat Dimensions: 34″h x 72″w x 36″d
Loveseat Price: $1,299
Petrie Sofa and Petrie Apartment Sofa from Crate & Barrel
Petrie Apartment Sofa from Crate & Barrel, shown in "Camden Poppy"
Available in sixteen colors, Crate & Barrel’s Petrie comes in two sizes: “Sofa” and “Apartment Sofa,” which is a smaller loveseat version of the sofa.
Sofa Dimensions: 32″h x 86″w x 36″d
Sofa Price: $1,699
Apartment Sofa Dimensions: 32″h x 76″w x 36″d
Apartment Sofa Price: $1,599
Club Atomic Sofa from CB2
Club Atomic Sofa from CB2, shown in orange
CB2 is a modern, urban and affordable spin-off of Crate & Barrel. The drag, as of this writing, is that this sofa only comes in two colors: orange (shown) and caper (like oatmeal). My suspicion and hope is that CB2 will make it available in other colors down the line. Being only 74″ wide, this is really more of a loveseat, as opposed to a full-sized sofa.
Dimensions: 26″h x 74″w x 34.5″d
Movie Sofa from CB2
Movie Sofa from CB2, shown in steel
This terrific sofa comes in three colors: steel (shown), walnut and swimming pool blue.
Dimensions: 26″h x 88″w x 40″d
Karlstad Sofa from Ikea
Karlstad Sofa from Ikea, shown in Ullevi Gray with chrome-plated base/legs
Good old Ikea… The least expensive decent sofa I’ve seen, the Karlstad is a really handsome sofa, coming in about a dozen different colors. It also has wood or chrome options for the underframe/legs. The bitch about Ikea is the shipping. Unless you live near an Ikea and have access to a van, your only option is to pay a hefty shipping fee. But if you consider that most good sofas cost more than $1,100, it’s still quite inexpensive.
Dimensions: 31.5″h x 80.75″w x 37″d
Price: $399 – $749 (depending on fabric and underframe/legs)
A word to the wise…
A sofa can be a big deal when you’re strapped for cash. Do your homework, especially if you live in a small space like I do.
Measure and tape-mark the space where you want to your sofa to live. Walk around that space and put chairs there. Imagine what something of your sofa’s size will be like. Carefully consider the width, height and depth of the sofa and its spatial relationship to the rest of the room. It shouldn’t dominate the room. Rather, it should be a seamless part of it, looking like it belongs there.
Ideally, you should make an effort to see your perspective sofa in person. Sit in it. Feel it. Imagine living with it for a long time. I’ve purchased a sofa online in haste without having seen it in person first. It was a mistake that could have been avoided if I took my time and done the research.
I hope this was helpful. Happy shopping.