A TEOT reader Faith recently emailed with this question,
Sarah- I just wondered HOW you decide if your living room deserves a couch,loveseat set, or a sectional. I am VERY torn. I NEED to buy my living room furniture, since mine is OVER 10 years old ( my husband and I got the couch, loveseat set when we were 1st married.) I like the idea of a sectional, since my whole family can all be cuddled up on it, watching a movie, but I just can find anything I like.
I think what is initially going to guide your choiceÂ is space. Can the room accomodate a sectional without swallowing all of the useableÂ space in the room?Â NextÂ you need to consider what piece of furniture suits your lifestyle best. Do you have lots of parties where people might not want to sit shoulder to shoulder, do you have children, petsÂ etc. Budget is also obviouslyÂ going to be aÂ huge factor.
It sounds like you’re looking for something new but you might always consider reupholsteringÂ your currentÂ sofa depending on what kind of shape it is in.Â If yourÂ sofa is salvageable you could sell the loveseat andÂ put the money you make towardÂ a chair and anÂ ottoman.
It’s always fun to troll Craigslist and thrift stores for a sofa waiting for a new life. Or going to an online store to get a new sofa, click here more info.
But ifÂ you’re absolutelyÂ set on buying something new here are a few suggestions,
I liked the shape of this sofa and the loose cushions on the back. It would easily suit varied interior styles.
Arlington, Pottery Barn
The sofas offered at Restoration Hardware contain the right ingredients that will make a lasting piece of furniture both in style and durability.Â RH isÂ touting a kiln dried hardwood frame andÂ a choice of down filled cushions.
Cielo sectional, CB2
Selby, Room & Board
And hey while we’re talking about the Selby collection, I like the armchair (how about this one Kylie?)
Holden sofa with chaise, Room & Board
There are so many beautiful sofa designs at Lee Industries its difficult to choose. Search for a location near you that can order Lee.
I’ve hadÂ a Karlstad loveseat for about a year now in the natural linen color. There was a recent incident with DCÂ that involved the deposit of bodily fluids and my german shepherd had also gotten up on the loveseat and left some small dark stains. The cushion cover was zipped off,Â went to the dry cleaners and $4 later it can back good as new.
Karlstad sectional, IKEA
I hope this helps you begin the selection process. Good luck and let me knowÂ what you decide! Thank you for your email.
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Thanks. That post does help A LOT. I think my couches are going to be GONE. They have seen 1 BIG dog ( who we no longer have) and 2 kids ( which we still have)and TONS of family movie nights etc, so they aren’t worth saving. =)
I SWEAR finding the right couch is like finding your spouse…. you just KNOW, and I haven’t had that feeling.
We’re off to Ikea this weekend, so I hope to find something there, or in the MANY other furniture stores we will visit in Charlotte.
Craigslist is a GREAT idea, I’ll check that out. Thanks again. My living room I think can handle either one, so now I just have to decide and go with it.
Sarah and Bootsy- I’ve got a question- all these design blogs (little green notebook, i suwanee) are talking about “Chiang Mai” trays/chairs/etc. What characteristics give it that name? The reason I’m asking- my sister actually lives right outside Chiang Mai, Thailand (and I’m assuming it has SOMETHING to do with that) and I’m thinking she could bring us all something home if we knew what the heck it was! :-) Thanks in advance!
Hey Amy, the quick answer is Chiang Mai is a fabric pattern available via Schumacher but I’d like to answer your question in more detail at a later date.
Thank you, Obi One….Have a good weekend!
BTW-just googled it and they are sooo pretty!
Yes, I do like!! Very nice.
Kylie-I still like the tufted Baker chair that you emailed me back in November too but that is going to be more than the Room & Board chair. Keep your eyes peeled for a pair of thrifty chairs.