Three unique sofas, three different price points, one simple style. Brandon & I have fallen in love with a sort of mid-century style, with a bit of a modern twist. Although we're in the midst of updating and upgrading our furniture, we still can't get the best of the best. All in good time though!
My dream couch is the "Stewart" Sofa by Cisco Brothers (the first one pictured). With a price tag of $3,258, it's a bit out of our price range. I absolutely love the simplicity of the lines, the single sofa seat, the even height of the arms and back... le-sigh. A girl can dream. The advantages of ordering a Cisco Brothers sofa is that they're totally customizable. You can choose fabric, cushion style, stitch options, wood stain, etc. And, you can order them through Twelve Chairs Boston - the awesome store I work at.
Since Cisco Brothers is a little too pricey at this point in my life, I did some research. We wanted the same clean lines, but without spending over $1000. Urban Outfitters came out with their "Night and Day" Convertible Sofa, and we both agreed we love the look. The reviews claim it's not the most comfortable, but the style and quality are well worth the $649 price tag. There are a few fun color options if you're looking for a pop of color, and it turns into a sleeper for when you have visitors. Although it doesn't have the same clean arm and back height, I love that Urban didn't cheap out and put a nice wooden-style leg. It also has the same one cushion seat. This will be in our apartment soon enough - well, when we have a living room to put it in that is.
Ahh - I'm sure you assumed it, but last (and probably least) is the good-old "Karlstad" Sofa from Ikea. This actually has a great look to it, and the fabric has a nice textured look to it. Ikea offers a few cheaper sofas, but this one looks much more expensive than its $599 price. Paired with a nice light-wooden coffee table, the legs would really help to tie the couch into the space. Although I'm a sucker for single cushions, this sofa definitely gives off a mid-century vibe for a pretty nice price.
Remember when purchasing a sofa that you definitely want to take quality into consideration. As an avid Ikea buyer, I can tell you from experience that that sofa will probably last you two years before the fabric starts pilling and looking pretty grimy. It's great to hold you over while you save up though! I'm sure the Urban Sofa won't last much longer, but with the addition of the sleeper, it's worth the extra $50. The Cisco sofa on the other hand will last you 6+ years, and depending on your fabric choice, cushion fill, and stitching, you could extend the life of your sofa, but also raise the original cost. Decisions, decisions, decisions...