SECRET SAUCE: When you move into an empty apartment with almost no living room furniture where do you start? We chose to start with the sofa. I am literally writing this while sitting on a lawn chair…so getting a sofa has been a TOP priority. This post is all about our sofa search process.
Here’s a brief history of my adult life ownership of sofas. After college, I owned a foam futon for years and then upgraded to a massive sleeper sofa that a friend gave to me. When I bought #BKaptstory I invested in my first real couch - the Raleigh Sofa from Design Within Reach, which I managed to snag for an amazing deal during one of their super sales. I really liked the Raleigh, but it was so nice that it was honestly stressful to use it sometimes (especially with pets and a deep love of coffee/red wine) and the cushions were not reversible. The sofa was gorgeous, but it was very firm and not great for lounging.
It just so happened that almost all of my big furniture sold along with my apartment, so we have great opportunity to start from scratch. We need a lot of things, including a sofa, coffee table, dining table/chairs, and sleeper sofa for our guest room.
That brings me to now. Jeff and I decided to also not bring his old ABC sleeper sofa with us and we have a fresh start and we are kicking off our many upcoming purchases with a sofa.
This is our criteria for our new sofa:
It needs to be under $3,000;
Made of pet friendly material;
Not too big (we have narrow stairs);
We need to try it out in person;
Lead time of less than 8 weeks; and
It must be comfortable.
As an interior blogger and overall decor lover, I never thought that I would be tired of looking at sofas. But I am. The fatigue is real, but I am so glad that we did our homework and can make an informed decision about such a big purchase. Living for a few weeks without a sofa has been tough, but we really wanted to wait and get the right thing.
I found dozens of independent reviews of online sofas from Article, but not many from retailers that where we could actually try the sofas. I hope that the reviews are helpful and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the couches below. Below are all of the sofas that we tried in person that were stand outs. The stores that we ended up going to were: Pottery Barn, CB2, Crate and Barrel, West Elm, Rejuvination, and Joybird.
We will definitely pick one of the sofas on this list, so stay tuned for our big reveal soon!
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The Couch Contenders!
1. Rejuvination Leather Sofa - Out of all the sofas we tried, this one was my favorite. It is much more stunning in person than in photos and each one is made to order. I absolutely love Rejuvination and the care that they put into their products shows. The subtle tufting on the seat is a nice detail without making the sofa too fussy. Also, unlike a lot of leather sofas that we tried, this one was comfortable and perfect for hours of lounging. The catch? It’s waaaayyyy out of our budget (of course) and the lead time is close to three months. This one probably won’t come home with us unless we want to put off a lot of the other purchases that we will need to make and not let our guests have a place to sit over the holidays.
2. Crate & Barrel Petrie Leather Sofa - The Petrie was a strong contender for us. We sat on pretty much every sofa at Crate & Barrel Soho store and this one was a favorite of ours. I only wish the seat had been a little bit deeper, but it was a great combination of firm and comfortable. My sister and brother-in-law have the fabric version of this sofa and absolutely love it. This would be a lovely option, although it is over our budget.
3. Pottery Barn Beverly Upholstered Sofa - You know I had to try this one out. Jeff wasn’t with me at Pottery Barn, but I liked the feel of this sofa and it comes in a canvas option. I like the shape and sofa lines, but it’s a little firmer than we originally wanted. The price tag is also very attractive.
4. CB2 Avec Gray Apartment Sofa - We also sat on literally every single sofa in the CB2 Soho store. Jeff and I both liked the comfort level and seat depth of this sofa, but it unfortunately doesn’t come in a fabric option. I also wasn’t crazy about the arms, but liked the tufting detail on the back of the sofa.
5. CB2 Savile Black Leather Tufted Sofa - I LOVE this sofa. It’s very reasonably priced for a leather sofa and it looked like it would wear beautifully. Jeff and I both like tufted leather sofas and this sofa is high on the list for sure.
6. Crate & Barrel Rhys Leather Bench - This is one of those sofas that intrigued me online, but when we actually sat on it, the firmness was a little much. I think this would work well in an office or a less high traffic room than a family/living room.
7. Crate & Barrel Sherwood Leather 2-Seat Sofa - I feel like I am now an expert on Crate & Barrel sofas! With our radiator placement, I thought that this sofa could be a great compromise. A way to have leather, but not have it get damaged from the heat because it would be protected by wood frame. This sofa was unfortunately very firm and upright, which just wasn’t what we were looking for. It is GORGEOUS in person, however, and I wish I had a spot for it!
8. West Elm Haven Sofa - I went to the Chelsea West Elm a few times and overlooked this sofa. When Jeff and I went to the one in DUMBO, however, we sat on it and were immediately struck by how comfortable it is. Literally one of the most comfortable sofas that I’ve ever sat in. Although leather is my ideal, the performance washed gray canvas is lovely and looks very durable. The price point of this sofa is also very compelling.
9. CB2 Lenyx Leather Sofa - This sofa is a major contender. Jeff and I sat on it in CB2 and both LOVED it. The thing that concerns us, however, is the size. We live in a very old house with narrow doorways and staircases and I’m worried about it literally getting up the stairs. But this sofa is such a great combination of comfort and modern design that it might be worth the effort.
10. West Elm Hamilton Sofa - For a mid-range leather sofa, this one looks great in person and is very comfortable. Neither one of us is crazy about the sloped arms, but given the size, price, material and color options, it is potentially a great option for us.
11. Crate and Barrel Verano II Slope Arm Sofa - this sofa got a top rating from the Apartment Therapy sofa squad and I can see why! It was probably the most comfortable sofa that we sat on in Crate and Barrel and comes in a durable canvas option. The issue for us with this sofa is the size and lines. We are not sure if it will fit up the stairs and the sloped arms are not ideal.
12. Joybird Eliot Leather Sofa - I was familiar with Joybird, but prior to this search had never been to their Brooklyn showroom (they are primarily an online retailer). We had read a lot about the Briar sofa, which was another top pick by Apartment Therapy. The Briar was unfortunately not available for us to try, so we tried the Eliot instead. This sofa seems like a decent, comfortable, mid-range and leather option. The issue with Joybird seems to be the lead times, which can be up to 12 weeks or more.
If you’re still reading, thank you! I hope you find these reviews helpful and please let me know if you end up getting any of these sofas. I will be revealing the sofa that we ultimately decided on from this list very soon! Here are a few pictures from sofa shopping :)