You’ve imagined this moment for so long. After weeks of scouring the web, the day has finally arrived to shop for your living room sofa. But the minute you walk into (insert store here), you find yourself suddenly consumed by a sea of choices. All the confidence you thought you had goes out the door and instead of heading home with your dream couch, you walk out with a headache.
With so many retailers, styles, and price points to pick from, it can be tempting to settle on a sofa you feel iffy about rather than searching through the haystack to find the one you really love. That’s why any good sofa search starts with narrowing down your options. Ahead, we run through an overview of some of the most popular furniture purveyors and what you need to know about their seating collections before you shop. Trust us, you’ll never stress about shopping for a sofa again.
Price range: $300 – $6,000
Style they’re known for: Clean and contemporary
What to know: This is one online-only collection you don’t want to scour without first filtering your decision by price, size, or color. A child company of Wayfair, AllModern offers access to a wide variety of brands, like Knoll, Blu Dot, and Gus Modern, that are focused on contemporary forms and affordable design. In general, the brand offers free shipping on orders over $49 and a worry-free 30-day return policy.
Price range: $1,200 – $4,000
Style they’re known for: Classic luxe
What to know: Anthropologie’s seating collections scream understated glam. Unafraid of nontraditional materials and bold colors, their vibrant selection encompasses everything from a velvet green chesterfield to a swirly floral loveseat. That said, the brand carries a handful of traditional silhouettes that lend themselves to just about any decorative scheme.
Price range: $900 – $3,000
Style they’re known for: Scandinavian-inspired minimalism
What to know: Determined to disrupt the furniture industry by cutting out the showrooms and salespeople, Article is focused on offering their customers fair prices by streamlining production costs. With a penchant for classic lines and soothing neutrals, their simplistic pieces are an ideal fit for the dedicated minimalist. Oh, and did we mention they ship for a flat fee of $49?
Price range: $850 – $1,500
Style they’re known for: Traditional simplicity
What to know: If you’re really struggling to put your living room together, Burrow might be your best bet. With only four core sizes to choose from (an armchair, loveseat, sofa, and king sofa), five color options, and three leg choices, the direct-to-consumer company takes the stress out of sofa shopping by pairing down the process. City-dwellers and eco-conscious shoppers alike will be pleased to find that Burrow’s furnishings require zero tools for assembly and boast hidden USB chargers and environmentally-friendly materials, like sustainably-sourced wood and recyclable packaging. Customers who want to test out their goods before they commit can officially give their products a try at Burrow’s first physical retail store in downtown Manhattan.
Price range: $1,000 – $1,500
Style they’re known for: Cool and curated
What to know: This under-the-radar furniture brand was seemingly made for the shopper who wants the look and feel of a custom sofa, without actually paying for it. When you tire of your sofa style, you can easily swap out the removable cushion covers and even the legs too for a fresh pick. Each of Campaign’s core products (they currently offer a chair, ottoman, loveseat, and sofa) are made-to-order, require zero tools for assembly, and come with a lifetime guarantee on frames.
Price range: $1,000 – $1,500
Style they’re known for: Mid-Century Modern
What to know: Designed and manufactured in Huntington Beach, CA, every style is handcrafted from high-quality materials and pays homage to iconic mid-century shapes and lines. Standout picks that skew toward the sculptural includes their Horizon Day Bed and Classic Sectional.
Price range: $1,000 – $5,700
Style they’re known for: Casual modern
What to know: From a stylistic standpoint, CB2’s furnishings span the spectrum. Be it a tufted loveseat or a curvaceous pink couch each of their cozy, modern sofas, boast extra pillowy surfaces that were made with comfort in mind.
Price range: $750 – $7,000
Style they’re known for: Contemporary and neutral
What to know: If all you want a simple gray sofa that stuns, look no further: This is one big-name brand that gets the basics right every time. With their simple, elegant, and timeless designs and paired back color palette make it easy to find something that you’ll love for a long time. But beware: While Crate and Barrel’s smaller loveseats come in under $1,000, it can feel tempting to splurge on their larger pieces (which don’t run cheap!).
Price range: $1,200 – $1,600
Style they’re known for: Industrial modular
What to know: While we’ve been longtime fans of Floyd’s bed frame and dining table, the Detroit-based furniture purveyor recently debuted their highly-anticipated sofa—and it’s everything we hoped it would be, and more. Available in a two-seater, three-seater, or three-seater plus chaise, their design-forward sofa will look good in just about any type of space and comes in either a birch wood or upholstered silhouette. As with all of Floyd’s flat-pack products, their sofa (which is officially open for pre-order!) takes mere minutes to assemble and ships for free to your doorstep.
Price range: $300 – $3,000
Style they’re known for: Traditional modern, with a touch of Scandinavian
What to know: When you want big style on a budget, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for at your local Ikea. Warning: ikea furniture assembly is no easy feat, so you might want to have someone else do it for you! Because the Swedish retailer boasts an array of sizes and styles (from four-seat corner couches to modular sleeper sofas), may we suggest that only confident shoppers who have a solid idea of what they want—and what their living rooms needs—attempt an in-store walk-through.
Price range: $1,000 – $2,500
Style they’re known for: Retro vintage
What to know: Largely inspired by mid-century designs from the 1950s and ‘60s, this online retailer offers a fun, curated seating collection that focuses on unique silhouettes and funky fabrics. More unique than Joybird’s designs, however, is the company’s home trial system, which lets customers enjoy a full-year return policy so they can experience their sofa IRL.
Price range: $1,800 – $2,500
Style they’re known for: Organic modern
What to know: Made only with premium materials (sustainably-sourced hardwood, high-resiliency cushions, natural fabrics), maiden home offers the look and feel of a high-end sofa for a fraction of the cost. While the company only has six essential constructions to choose from, each one can be customized with over 47 fabric and leather options and a handful of size configurations. Lead time on most sofa orders is typically six weeks.
Price range: $1,500 – $6,000
Style they’re known for: Sleek and contemporary
What to know: Sophisticated lines, clean forms, and updated classics are three things RH does best. While their sofas can be customized in terms of length and depth, they are generally super spacious and have a “sinkable” quality to them. Want to score a discount? RH members can enjoy 25% savings on all full-priced items by paying an annual fee of $100 a year.
Price range: $1,000 – $5,000
Style they’re known for: Classic modern
What to know: Also inspired by mid-century modern and Danish design, in addition to Article and Restoration Hardware, Room and Board is another great source for clean-lined pieces with tailored details. Their range is geared toward practical sizes for smaller spaces, including bench-seat sofas and loveseats. While delivery rates largely depend on where you live, US residents will pay at most $139 for shipping.
Price range: $600 – $5,000
Style they’re known for: Millennial Modern
What to know: With so many stores all over the country, it’s incredibly easy to go and see West Elm’s couches in person and inspect for comfort. The company also has a great range of fabric options to ensure you can make the exact couch you want. Pro tip: You can snag a deal on your dream sofa if you stay on top of their sales and specials!
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