October 17, 2019
This week for the One Room Challenge with Better Homes and Gardens was all about finding the perfect seating for the living room.
You may have seen my sofa shopping excursions on Instastories. If so, you know that picking out the seating is not as easy as you think. The options are endless and the pricing and comfort level varies dramatically.
This is my current sofa from Room & Board. We had this sofa for over 10 years. We love it but it's a bit stained, worn and ready for a new home in our basement.
My criteria was:
Durability and stain resistant (kids and pets makes this a must).
Goes well with the Organic Modern California Cool style.
Comfy and makes you want to snuggle into it.
To help make it easier for you, I'm going to list all my tips from my experience.
Here are some of the places that I shopped for seating.
Benchmade Modern –
What I love about them: high quality, custom sizes, fabrics in every color & type possible, free delivery, 100-day return policy, custom sizes and made in U.S.A. Free swatches
Amazon- Economical options, Amazon Prime available with fast & free shipping. Enormous selection
West Elm - well made, modern style, lots of custom fabric options and lots of styles to choose from. Free swatches and staff is very helpful in helping you choose the right sofa.
Crate & Barrel - well made, lots of different styles and loads of custom fabrics to choose from. Design assistants at most stores to help you pick out the right sofa.
Pottery Barn - well made, classic and traditional styles, slipcover options for easy washing, on-site design studio to assist you in picking the right sofa. Not as many modern styles or stain-resistant fabric options.
Restoration Hardware - well made, modern to traditional styles, design studio and professionals on-site to help with your purchase, lots of fabric options. One of the more expensive options.
Industry West - well made, modern and unique styles. On-line only.
The following are other stores that are available as well.
Poly & Bark
Design Within Reach
Room & Board
Seating shopping tips:
Take advantage of the free design services. Many places have in-store and on-line assistance. Many are staffed by professional designers and are super helpful.
Get a swatch of the fabric before you order. I learned this the hard way. I ordered a sofa and swatch at the same time. The swatch arrived first, thank gosh, and had a green hue which I did not want. It looked neutral online. I had to cancel this sofa.
image via Benchmade Modern
Look for a return policy. Yes you can return a sofa or any other furniture for that matter. This is an investment and if you don't love it, don't settle for one you're just okay with.
Sit test. I would recommend if possible, to try out the sofas first. The comfort level varies dramatically and some are made to have very firm cushions and some are made with super soft and flexible cushions. This will also predict how much fluffing and karate chopping you'll be doing for maintenance of your sofa. The firm cushions need little fluffing. The softer more cushiony ones need almost daily or weekly fluffing.
I'm still on the fence about a couple options. What I've narrowed it down to...stain resistant fabric, off-white color, clean lines and must match the new chair I'm getting for this room. The Fernweh walnut and leather chair. It's a piece of art and can't wait to have this in my home.
Next week I'll update you with pics of the space. Don't forget to check out the One Room Challenge Blog for loads of design inspiration.
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