Back in college, I was so broke that I didn’t even have a phone. Always a month or two behind on car payments, I’d park my shiny, red 2-door Honda Civic a few blocks away to avoid repossession. While being penniless sucked really bad, I made the most of it, even managing to fully design my apartment complete with a good-looking, comfy sofa. In fact, no matter what my financial position has been, I’ve always gone without certain things — some important and some not — to be able to afford great seating.
Sure, those two-paychecks-away-from-living-in-a-tent days are long behind me; however, I still have a financial threshold for how much I’ll spend on a sofa: $2500. Whether it’s recovering a vintage piece or buying something brand-spanking-new, I find this to be the magic number. To prove my point, here are five fantastic sofas all $2500 or less. But enough about me, let’s talk about you. What’s the maximum amount of money you’d spend on a sofa and why?
When I saw the price tag on the L-shaped KIVIK sofa from IKEA, I thought someone was punking me with a price tag switcheroo. At only $698, the low-profile, modern maven comes in 10 different colors: white, bright red, dark blue, light beige, light gray, black, light brown, dark brown, gray-brown and rust.
At $1799, the tufted Azure Sofa from Crate & Barrel blends classic elegance with transitional touches such as hardwood legs with a walnut finish. Pictured above in Wysteria, a more feminine tone, it also comes in gender neutral and masculine shades including: sky, natural, apple, steel, espresso and bran.
Everything Jayson Home & Garden sells looks as though it would be priced double what it actually is, especially their sofas. The Hazel Sofa, $2395, is traditional enough to please those who love all things safe; however, it’s timeless, streamlined style will mix beautifully with modern counterparts.
If you’re looking for a touch of antiquity, the Louis XV Salon Sofa from Wisteria may be right up your alley. The handsome European piece is handmade of mango wood and upholstered in a handsome cotton fabric. Aside from being classic, he’s deliciously priced at $1599.
The Wells Sofa from Room & Board will make any mid-century modernist both comfy and on budget. At $2399, the low-profile, Knoll-esque three-seater sports modern tufts and classic, mid-century legs.