15 Sofa Sources: High & Low

Shopping Guide

As a follow-up to last week's post on How to Shop for a Sofa, we thought we'd round up a few more stores to check when you're buying a new couch. We've divided them into three categories based on price: 1) high-end furniture in the low thousands and up, 2) mid-range sofas from $1,000 to $3,000, and 3) budget sofas under $1,000.

High-End Sofas: Low Thousands and Up

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If your tastes run traditional, they're a good source for well made sofas with hardwood frames and hand-crafted detail work, like coil springs and tufting. Prices on Baker sofas depend on styles and upholstery options, and start around the low thousands, moving up from there. Shown left is the Neue Sofa.

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They carry modern and contemporary sofas by A-list designers, and prices range from the low to mid thousands. This is the Confluences Sofa, designed in 2009 by Phillipe Nigro. It's a modular, mix-and-match design with component pieces starting around $1,000.

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This Italian company makes contemporary leather and fabric sofas, many of them with streamlined steel bases. They work with prominent international designers, and prices start in the single-digit-thousands, moving up from there. Shown left is the Jean Sofa by Antonio Citterio.

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We really love the sofa selection at this Chicago store. Pieces feel well curated, with a nice balance of modern and traditional styles, as well as a few top-condition vintage finds thrown into the mix. This is the Celeste Sofa for $3,000.

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They're known for low-slung modular sofas in a variety of prints and patterns, perhaps most famously the "hippie chic" Mah Jong Sofa by Hans Hopfer. Their upholstery options are uniquely over-the-top, and fit in well with a bohemian high-design aesthetic.

Mid-Range Sofas: $1,000 - $3,000

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Their sofas are well made, with hardwood frames, double-doweled joints, and 8-gauge steel serpentine springs. Prices usually clock in under $3,000, and styles range between modern and traditional. This is the Chester Sofa, an updated version of the classic Chesterfield sofa.

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Their sofas are made in the USA with hardwood frames, they offer 200 upholstery options, and you can find several couches in the low thousands and sometimes under $1,000. This is the Jasper Sofa, starting around $1,200.

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The majority of their sofas are made with FSC-certified, kiln-dried hardwood frames, and they carry lots of options in the low thousands or below. This is the popular mid-century-style Petrie Sofa for $1,600.

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The selection is wide here, and there are good and bad options. They have frequent sales and you can find small apartment-sized sofas as well as large sectionals. This is the Leah Sectional, currently on sale for $1,300.

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Many of their modern sofas are on the higher end, but they do carry lines under $2,000, including the classic mid-century Case Study Daybed, currently on sale for $1,450.

Budget Sofas: Under $1,000

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Like their sister store, Crate and Barrel, CB2 uses FSC-certified, kiln-dried hardwood frames. They have simpler, more modern styles that can go as low as $600 or as high as $1,500. This is the armless Draper Sofa for $800.

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Their specialty is apartment-sized furniture for design-minded people on a budget. Styles are basic, modern, and a little on the chunky side. This is the Sutton Sofette, starting at $600.

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Their sofas have gotten better in recent years and, although they're not as durable as higher end brands, lines like the Karlstad and Lillberg are of decent quality. Shown left is an apartment-sized version of the Karlstad Sofa for $600.

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This online and Chicago-based store carries several modern sofas under the $1,000 mark. Most styles have metal bases and hardwood frames. This is the Spezia Sofa for $800.

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This online store has a wide range of discounted living room furniture, some good and some bad. They also carry several knockoffs, like this LC White Leather Sofa for $690. To get a sense of quality, read the customer reviews for products.

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Photo: Jean Sofa from B & B Italia