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Sofa Shopping

March 17, 2017

I was recently asked how much one should expect to pay for a sofa. The answer to this can clearly fall anywhere on the budget spectrum, and you typically get what you pay for.  So I thought it might be helpful to share what you can expect to get at a variety of price points.



Under $1000

     (Ikea, West Elm)

If you need a sofa and are limited financially, you can find pretty options at retailers like Ikea or West Elm.  The comfort level and longevity of these pieces may vary, but I will say that I know someone whose Ikea sofa has help up fairly well 7+ years later.  The plus-side to this price-range is that you often don’t experience a long lead-time.


$699   /   $999 






   (Anthropologie, Ballard)

This is a nice place to land if you’d like to bump the budget a bit but can’t go too crazy.  Anthropologie has fantastic options in a multitude of styles and fabrics and they often run promotions.  One Kings Lane has a variety at this price-point which are often valued much higher.  Ballard is another one and something to keep in mind about their upholstery is that their pieces can be done via COM (customer’s own material).  This means that if you like a piece but want to supply your own fabric, you can ship it to them.  This is a fantastic option, as their fabric patterns are a bit limited.


$1998   /   $1500






   (Crate & Barrel, Serena and Lily, Pottery Barn, RH)

If you want a more custom option, this is the range you should expect to pay.  Retailers like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel have a multitude of fabrics to choose from, giving you a more custom experience.  They even offer a handful of performance fabrics which are great for child-friendly spaces.  Personally, I'm loving all of Serena and Lily's upholstery options.


 $2895   /   $2299






   (Lee Industries, CR Laine, Custom)

Most to-the-trade vendors (i.e Lee Industries) will put you at the higher end of the spectrum once you factor in the cost of fabric needed for your sofa.  Some clients prefer to have their sofas made via local furniture workrooms which provides the most custom experience.  While it adds to the expense of the piece, it allows one to truly create a one-of-a-kind sofa that is tailored to their exact specifications (seat depth, cushion fill, etc.).  Going the custom route surely adds to the budget, but the customer service that often comes along with it is (ideally) impeccable. 


 $3245   /   $3187





I hope this provides a well-rounded look at what to expect when sofa shopping.  It can be a daunting experience, but in my opinion, seating is the best place to allocate funds when furnishing a room.  Replacing end tables and rugs can be easier on the wallet than having to replace a sofa.  When you have a sofa that is going to be used (or in my case, jumped on and transformed into a fort), you want to ensure you have something that can take a little wear and tear and is built to last.  One way to look at big home purchases comes from designer Miles Redd who famously said “buy the best and you only cry once.” 







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