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I Have Been Sofa and Recliner Shopping

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After spending most of the summer without a sofa in the living room, we realize just how much we used it. We gave our previous sofa and some furniture to our oldest daughter when she bought a house back in May, knowing that we are going to buy new furniture soon.  With fall and football season approaching, I have to get my decision making in-gear so I can get the living room furnished in a comfy-cozy style that makes both Ed and I happy. Comfort and function are what Ed wants, add in style for me.

Pottery-Barn-Comfort-Sofa

I thought I may just furnish the room with comfy recliners, but after lots of thought and shopping around for just the right pieces, I am certain I will be buying a new white slipcovered sofa like the one from Pottery Barn in the photo above, along with two recliners that swivel and rock.

Lazy-Boy-recliners-that-rock-and-swivel

In a previous post I wrote a few weeks ago, many of you told me that you found plenty of recliner options at La-Z-Boy.  I went to their showroom closest to me and did find one that would work, but it does not come in leather. I did have the salesperson show me what the chair would look like in a blue/white print and a tweedy blue.

Navy blue leather recliner rocker

Milhaven Recliner

I also found one at Ashley Furniture that Ed really liked, shown in the photo above. Sadly it does not swivel, only reclines and rocks. I want a swivel so it will be easy to move the chair to view the TV, lake and be able to swivel around to enjoy a fire in the fireplace. I like the aged navy leather on this chair and am looking into seeing if the chair can have a swivel rocker base added after purchase.

leather recliner

I did find out that this one at a local furniture store is Ed’s favorite. It can be made up in navy leather. It does recline, swivel and rock, but it is also double the price of the one from Ashley Furniture.

Decisions…decisions…

I do know that whatever sofa I decide on will have a white slipcover option.  I love that I can remove the cover and wash it. I have done this for years on our previous sofa.

How to happily live with and clean white slipcovers on your sofa and chairs.

Why I Love Living With White Slipcovers

I don’t mind the extra work as I love the clean, hung outside on the clothesline freshness that happens when I remove the covers from the dryer. Many of the salespeople I have worked with during my furniture search have tried to steer me away from a slipcover. They told me that upholstery can be spot cleaned easily these days, but I don’t like the fact that I am sitting on chemical residue from the spot cleaners.

So… here are the sofas I am considering. Most I found online. Only two of the seven brick-and-mortar furniture stores I went to had a slipcovered sofa option. *Affiliate links used*

PB-Comfort-roll-arm-sofa

This is my favorite with a Down Blend fill. It is from Pottery Barn – PB Roll Arm Comfort Sofa.  When I am at Pottery Barn, I always sit in the floor model. It is comfy!  I also like the two bottom cushions instead of three, as it looks less formal.

Alford+Sofa-white-Slipcovered-sofa-from-Wayfair

This one is called the Alford Sofa from Wayfair. It is made by Klaussner and has a great price. It is deep and comfy. I think it is exactly the same sofa called, LaHoya that is sold at my local furniture store for double the price. I have sat on it many times and it is very roomy and comfortable.  The only negative, it only comes in Natural and Khaki. I want Bleach White and may have to buy it at my local furniture store.

Arhaus-Baldwin-white-slipcovered-sofa

Arhaus – Baldwin Deep Slipcovered Sofa has classic lines with rounded back cushions that give it a modern touch. I found this online, but have not tried it in person which is something I think needs to be done when buying furniture that I will have for years.

White Slipcovered Sofa fromCrate and Barrel

This sofa from Crate & Barrel is one sale now. It has traditional lines with an updated flair. I like it, but would need to find a Crate & Barrel to try it out.

Chelsea+88-+Down+Blend+Sofa

Joss & Main – Chelsea Down Blend Sofa has a great price and good reviews. I have never purchased anything from Joss & Main, have you?

Grandin Road has two styles I like. One is called Ava

White Slipcovered sofa from Grandin Road

The other one with classic lines is called Clara.  They both are under $1000, so the price it right, but I really would like to sit on them to make sure they are comfy.

I will probably get the Klaussner sofa #2, since I know first hand that it is roomy and comfortable. It is also less expensive then the one from Pottery Barn.

Does anyone have any furniture from any of these brands?  Are you happy with the quality and comfort?

I am looking forward to getting my living room all comfy-cozy for fall. If I order the furniture soon – a 4-6 week delivery time frame should have my choices arrive just in time for the first day of fall. :-)

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77 Comments

  1. Diane, not sure if you have checked the IKEA store in Charlotte but they do have a very nice sofa that also comes with a white slip cover….very much like the one at Pottery Barn. My daughter bought 2 of them for her family room and they are VERY comfortable and quite sturdy. Also, they definitely resemble the one at Pottery Barn and if I did not know the difference I would have thought my daughter had Pottery Barn sofas. Now, I am in the market for traditional looking chairs for my sunroom and am considering the white slipcovered ones at IKEA.

    1. I have the white slipcover from Ikea and love it!!!!!! I only paid $49.99 for a queen sleeper sofa! Very good quality!!!! It was for my moms lovely gold and cream ? couch ?

    2. I totally agree! We bought a very expensive sofa 8 years ago, from a local store where we live and have really liked it…. until last year I bought two Ikea Ecktorp sofas for another room. Well!!! They are so, so comfortable! Although our other sofa is very long, under a sun-soaked window, and perfect for having an afetrnoon snooze, or just stretching out while watching TV, we never do. All of us have commented on the fact we all stretch out on the Ecktorps. I had been looking at them for years, but dismissed them because of the cheaper price, thinking they may not be as good. They really are very good, and also have down overlaying high density foam. You can buy slipcovers in a range of colours and fabrics, and not just from Ikea.(See ebay). As your reader said, they are almost identical to the PB sofa in your picture. If you do a little research on them, read other people’s blogs (City Farmhouse comes to mind), you will get more information.
      Good luck Diane!

  2. I see what you mean by a three cushion sofa looking more formal than a two cushion sofa. I’ve never bought furniture on line…I have to sit in them for a bit before I choose. Good luck…love your choices! ;)

  3. Howdy, Diane. I HIGHLY recommend the the Ballard Designs “Baldwin” sofa. I’ve used them several times on projects and recently did the slipcovered pieces AND if you use one of their preferred fabrics for the slip cover they are really inexpensive AND they offer a Trade Discount (you probably know that already). Baldwin Slip Cover Sofa *****

  4. Love number four for myself! Buying a sofa is such surprisingly personal thing, isn’t it? I always read about those who buy sofas from Wayfair, Joss &Main, and Overstock. What if the sofa is too soft/deep/scratchy/unattractive in person? What does it cost to send it back? Oh well, you’ve made a lovely choice. Can’t wait to see it in your room.
    Oh by the way, ignore the trolls.

    1. Hi Deb – Number #4 is from Crate & Barrel. When I lived in PA, there was a store near me that I used to browse in. I do like the styling of the sofa since it has a slightly more modern look than the 3 seaters, but like you said, What if the fabric is scratchy or the cushions hard and lumpy? I am not sure how much it costs to send a sofa back, but I am sure it is at least $100 or more. I am going to have to look into that cost.

    1. Hi Teri – It was late at night when I pressed publish. I usually wait until the morning to publish so I can proof-read a second time, but sometimes when I have been working on a post late at night my eyes glaze over and I don’t see typos. :-)