I think I've mentioned before that we have never bought a new piece of furniture. We have been lucky enough to get lots of hand me downs and have added to that things we have found from garage sales and Craigslist. Last year, we did buy 2 parsons chairs for our office desk and I think those were the first new furniture items we have purchased in our 8 years of marriage. It is LONG overdue that we purchase a new sofa. I think we are finally ready to go for it after saving money (and credit card points) for quite awhile. But, there are SO many to choose from and our budget is not big. Plus, we need to find something that fits our space, is comfortable, will hold up with 3 kids for a long time and isn't too expensive. I'm already overwhelmed.
The sofa will be going in this room (actually, we'd love to do a sofa and a loveseat or chair and a half). We are prepared to paint the walls a lighter color and we'd like to go gray with the sofa. This will also mean changing the rug...and I'd like to paint a darker teal on the backs of the built in shelves.
Here are some options we've seen in person (and one I've seen online)...
Clare Sofa from Macy's - This is visually my favorite of the first three options. I love the mid century modern vibe. It's a bit pricier than some of the others after adding in all the "extras". We'd have to pay to have it shipped here from the factory and some other things. Also, it's not the MOST comfortable. But looks win over comfort for me. Reid definitely prioritized comfort over all things. I do like that the firm cushions will hold up over a long time and not get lumpy or saggy.
Berkley sofa By Rowe - We saw this sofa in a local furniture store but it was a different fabric. It was a charcoal gray tweed. It was probably more comfortable than the Clare sofa, but it's also much more expensive. For that reason, I think we are ruling it out for now unless we can find it cheaper somewhere else.
Richmond Contemporary Sofa - So, this one has two things going for it. Price and comfort. It's the cheapest by far and it's super comfortable. It also has a matching chair and a half option that none of the other have. We already negotiated a lower price than listed if we pay in cash. My only issue with it is that it's my least favorite visually. It's fine, but i don't love it. I wish the arms were different and it was just a little more "Midcentury". But it's a very strong possibility that this is what we'll end up with.
Thrive Furniture Tyler Sofa - Ok, I just threw this one in there for fun. I saw this sofa online a long time ago and I fell in love with it (and Thrive furniture in general). But it's $1500...not gonna happen! It's definitely my all time favorite and these sofas are super high quality.
So, what do you think? I am going to scout out some more furniture stores in the area and keep looking. There are so many variables to consider!