Anyone who’s ever gone through the process of buying a new sofa knows that it can be an intimidating undertaking. Never mind searching for a couch that doesn’t totally blow your budget, but trying to find one that perfectly suits the size of your room and complements your style? Impossible.
While there are a number of factors to assess before you make your purchase (like, how long do you plan to have this piece? Do you prefer a natural upholstery fabric to a synthetic? How do you feel about a sleeper sofa?), there is one way to cheat the system—and that’s by going to the experts. Having gone through this grueling process more times than you or I would ever like to imagine, it’s a simple fact that interior designers know where and how to shop for sofas. Here are just seven style-focused staples they swear by.
Keely Sofa, Crate and Barrel, $2,299
While there’s little we love more than a hot pink settee, there’s something to be said for classic construction. With its sophisticated silhouette and plush chenille upholstery, this straightforward pick from Crate and Barrel (Utah-based blogger Sarah Gibson’s favorite spot to go sofa shopping) is the epitome of casual-cool.
Linen Sofa, Redo Home + Design, $3,250
Contrary to popular belief, linen isn’t just for summer. In fact, this ultra-breathable fabric will stun year-round, particularly when used in the living room. Nashville-based designer Andria Fromm is a big fan of this local linen find that intends to mimic the same sensation of sitting on a cloud, rather than your standard couch.
Modena Track Arm Sofa with Bench Seat, RH Modern, $3,495 – $9,695
“I have been really happy with RH Modern’s sofa construction, look, comfort, and fabric selections,” says Natalie Myers. Influenced by 1970s designs, the Modena sofa features all the essential ingredients that make an extremely comfy landing pad, like a broad frame, deep cushioned back, and thick arms. Although this piece looks especially eye-catching in a linen or velvet, Becki Owens loves the company’s performance fabric—a kid-friendly pick that’s easy to clean and stain-resistant.
Jocelyn Long Sofa, McGee & Co., $4,198
Whether you tend toward traditional or consider yourself a minimalist, this versatile piece is a fit for just about any aesthetic. “It’s really comfortable with it’s one long bench cushion and pairs well with literally everything,” shares Shea McGee. Plus, each Jocelyn sofa is custom made to order, so you’re guaranteed a crash pad that is uniquely your own.
Macalester Sofa, Room and Board, $2,199
Nothing screams classic quite like a chesterfield—and this tufted beauty does not disappoint. “Room and Board sofas are American made so the quality is superb and all my clients find the comfort level to be top notch,” notes SoCal-based blogger and designer, Anita Yokota. “A current favorite has been the Macalester Sofa.”
Melrose Sofa, Clad Home, $1,350
Dee Murphy of Murphy Deesign swears by this super sleek number, and we can see why. Aside from its beautiful, low-back composition, the Melrose sofa is fairly affordable, coming in under $1,500. Not sure about the height of the arms? Cushions to thick for your liking? All Clad Home sofas are fully customizable, so you can adjust your sofa to suit your specific needs.
Aspen Sofa, Jonathan Adler, $2,350
“Jonathan Adler’s Aspen Sofa is unexpected and original. I love its asymmetrical shape; it’s not deep and cozy, but it is playful and fun,” shares Kahi Lee, one of the designers on TLC’s “Trading Spaces.” If this tubular couch doesn’t exudes pure luxe, what does? When you want a sculptural alternative, but don’t want to spend a fortune, this funky-framed piece will get the job done.
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