Happy, Happy New Year!!!
Sunday we looked at a lot of gorgeous classic sofas from mid-range to low high-end.
A lot of you have asked me what to get if you can’t afford to plunk down 2,000-5,000+++ for a sofa.
Well, today, I am going to focus on cheap sofas AND chairs and what the deal is.
And by cheap, I mean about $500.00-$1,000.00 for a sofa and about $250.00-$500.00 for a chair.
But, Laurel– Aren’t these cheap sofas and chairs going to be uhhh– your favorite word, “ersatz” or poorly made, uncomfortable and fall apart?
Those are all great questions. And yes, there is a LOT of ersatz, ugly, amorphous, cheap furniture out there. But, there is also a good amount of cheap furniture that’s surprisingly not only good-looking, but great looking. And according to reviews, comfortable and well-made.
But sure; there are also cheap sofas and chairs which are not comfortable and will fall apart.
However, I’ve had clients who when their kids were little didn’t want to spend mega bucks on a piece that was going to get peanut butter and jelly and ice cream sandwiches smashed into it. And worse. But, they also wanted something that was stylish enough to look good for the time being.
Now, it is very unlikely that you are going to get a spring-down luxurious seat. And it’s true. The cushions might not hold up so well over time. Plus, very often on a cheap sofa or chair, the cushions don’t flip.
It’s very important to read the reviews if there are any and any other literature available on your piece, before purchasing. If in doubt, you can also call customer service where the piece is sold.
Here are some more things to look out for.
- Like all upholstered furniture, we want there to be good proportions for its style. So, for instance a mid-century modern piece might have a super low back and that’s appropriate for that piece.
- Some cheap upholstery is boxy when it is not supposed to be boxy. So, be sure to look at your piece from all angles. The pieces I’ve selected for the most part, have profiles that look high-end.
- If concerned about buttons falling off, then I wouldn’t get tufted furniture. You might be able to crazy glue any buttons back on, or ask an upholsterer if it can be fixed.
- However, if it’s a piece that should have a pitched back, then make sure that it’s not too straight up. Some pieces like Tuxedo sofas do have a straight outside, but the inside upholstery is pitched slightly.
Do you know the biggest aesthetic problem that I often see with cheap sofas and chairs?
It’s the legs.
The front legs, be they turned, tapered or straight, look best when they are very close to the edge of the piece unless it’s a mid-century style and the legs are meant to be set in.
Ideally, unless it’s a style meant to be otherwise, the back legs are curved and not the same leg in the front. However, with cheap sofas and chairs, you will almost always have to screw the legs in after you’ve received it. It is more difficult to screw in the curved legs, I imagine.
Below, I made a graphic to show in images some leg issues that frequently occur with cheap sofas and chairs. But, thankfully, not all of them as you will soon see.
More spark plug legs and in the back too. I don’t know who created this turned leg design, maybe a former auto mechanic? But, they are horrible. And too bad because they are ruining an otherwise, very nice chair.
This is a proper turned legs and in this case with casters. Sam Slipper Chair from Pottery Barn and currently on sale!
Let’s continue with our cheap chairs and then we’ll look at the cheap sofas
Those who follow the hot sales will recognize one of my favorite little occasional chairs that’s on sale right now.
Another favorite, the Soma Mina from Pottery Barn. It comes in several fabrics and is under $300.00!
It comes in a few different colorways and there’s a gorgeous sofa version coming up.
And another image showing in a room setting. I always love to see these because it gives a better idea of scale.
Someone asked me why no skirts on the sofas from Sunday. Well, a couple do have skirts. And either I couldn’t get a decent image, or the model didn’t make the cut. My own sofa has a skirt, but that’s because it’s a sleep sofa.
Wonderful retro-style chair from Pottery Barn that comes in many fabrics and is on sale.
Bad angle on a very cool roll arm chair from Wayfair. There’s a coordinating sofa as well. This is available in dozens of fabrics and if you’re looking for a stylish and deep and cheap chair, this might work nicely for you.
Very stylish roll arm club chair. I found it at three different sources, but One King’s Lane had the best price and especially now, because they are having a sale. Yes, the legs are set in a little more than I’d like. But I saw a photo of the chairs on another site; probably Wayfair because people post pics of their furniture. Anyway, they looked quite wonderful in the room.
Classic Contemporary armchair from Wayfair is under $300! Great lines!
What are the best sources for cheap sofas and chairs?
Some of my favorites are:
Joss and Main – They have a great selections of cheap sofas!
Pottery Barn (a few things)
West Elm for more contemporary/modern pieces
One King’s Lane has some great cheap chairs amongst their more expensive ones
Let’s move on to the cheap sofas
The Delphine Sofa from Joss & Main is a more casual roll arm sofa and comes in numerous fabrics
The Huston sofa from Joss & Main is under $1,000 and with its beautiful styling it looks like a sofa that costs triple that amount.
beautiful side view.
The Dieter Slipcovered sofa is relatively expensive at $1,090.00. But this deep beauty is sure to please the entire family– those that want a bed and those that want a pretty sofa. haha
The Danyel Sofa from Joss & Main is mid-century cool and only $750.00!
This Tuxedo style sofa from Joss & Main looks so much more expensive than it is. There are lots of images on Wayfair too.
The Jackson Chesterfield from Joss & Main is actually another Tuxedo style that’s as chic as they come. And, the price tag at $750 is unbelievably good!
This contemporary sofa with an a glamorous 1930s feel is only $750 from Joss and Main. It also comes in blue and one or two other colorways.
This is reminding me of Jonathan Adler’s Lampert sofa but it’s a lot less expensive. And the dimensions are a little different.
I believe that this is the same frame as the teal sofa above. It’s awfully good-looking and under $1,000. This is a situation because of the straight back when it is fine to have all four legs be straight and tapered. I lighted up the image a little because reviewers said that the upholstery is lighter than it looks in the image on the website.
This handsome roll arm sofa from Joss & Main is out of stock for about five more weeks. I love it when they tell us when items will be back in stock!
Another colorway of the Huston sofa shown in blue further up the page. This piece is only $900.00. Amazing!
And another deep roll arm sofa– The Durham sofa which is like the white chair above, taken from a bad angle. It is available in numerous fabrics.
Please pin this graphic to pinterest as a reminder.
Oh man! I think I just broke my hand on this one. haha Just kidding. Sorta.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I don’t really, but I’ve vowed to try and go to bed earlier.
Here’s to a beautiful, happy and healthy 2019 for all!
PS: Don’t forget to check out the hot sales. There have been some changes since the weekend.