Monday, June 17, 2013

Choosing an Affordable Sofa: Shopping Vicariously Through Mel:)

Mel has been busy making a thousand quick decisions for their new, amazing apartment, from paint colors to layout to furniture, and I can't wait to see the finished product!!  No matter what kind of move you're making, the decisions surrounding relocation can easily become overwhelming, so when Mel mentioned she'd be open to some suggestions on where to find a new couch, I was more than happy to help.  

 Because it's such an important focal point and feature of a room, buying a sofa can be an intimidating task.  The fact that it's often one of your bigger ticket investments also bumps up the deer-in-headlights factor.  Since she has plenty on her mind right now, I jumped at the chance to find Mel some great options for affordable sofas.  Her main parameters included a neutral fabric (which leaves decorating around the couch wide open), the right length to fit the space (in this case something between 77" and 84" wide), and with a single cushion...

And the best part is, all of these sofas you're about to see came in at under $1,700! 

Mel found this handsome sofa at West Elm, but she wanted a few other options to give her a choice for the final decision. 

This sofa comes in either an 82 inch length or 92 inches, and it's slipcovered, which makes it easier to clean:

This guy is one of my long time favorites, and it's perfect if you're looking for a feminine contrast to other more heavily upholstered pieces.

This sofa from Ballard Designs looks a lot like the one from West Elm, but it's a bit longer at 84":

If space is tight and you do need a smaller sofa, this one has the tufting and the clean lines of the one Mel found, but it's insanely cheap at only $599 (for a sofa that's ridiculous) !  

If only this awesome Chesterfield didn't come with two cushions… Still, I love this look so much I might be willing to make an exception... just this once:

If you're looking for a petite rolled arm tufted sofa, this is a particularly pretty one, especially with those gorgeous legs:

Here is Pottery Barn's version of the same look, with a remarkably competitive price:

If you'd rather have a sleeker, more modern look, check this one out from CB2:

I love, love the nailhead trim and pretty shape of this couch from Crate & Barrel:

I can't wait to see which one she chooses!



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