The furniture equivalent to meatloaf, there's nothing more comfortable and reassuring than a traditional roll arm sofa. Here's last year's Annual Guide and right here is an all new updated collection, running high to low and with a bunch of new discoveries. Enjoy!
Should You Splurge or Save on a Sofa?
But you can buy a perfectly fine sofa, Ms. Elliott said, with a solid wood frame and feather-wrapped foam cushions, for as little as $1,500, if you find a deal. And she doesn’t see much difference in sofas priced in the midrange (say, between $2,000 and $4,000), other than shape or slight differences in fabric and cushion quality. “Now, when you get below $1,000, that’s where I think you have to be careful,” Ms. Elliott said, because manufacturers are probably cutting corners to keep the price down.
Topping our list is a very demure roll arm by Mr. Lauren. I have great respect for his furniture designs. They always include great details and craftsmanship so that they will last and please the eye for a long time.
From Cisco in Los Angeles, this is a totally handmade, all organic, down cushion version with Cisco's subtle, soft styling.
A higher-end version with the same distinctive shape, but a nicely plunging arm, the Williams-Sonoma Bedford sofa is all hard-wood frame and optional down blend cushions for a super soft feel.
RH does a number of versions of the roll arm, the most popular of which are the English and Belgian, which has a more horizontal arm and a slipcover to give it a heavier feeling. Their English comes in multiple lengths, fabrics and two depths, classic and luxe. With $100 membership you get an automatic 25% discount.
PB's version has some distinctively dramatic styling with a strong drop arm, low back, rear cushions and an overstuffed look... and a good low, mid price. Emily Henderson chose it right here for her Ginny Makeover. :)
American made in North Carolina by this family run manufacture that only makes sofas, their roll arm offering comes in many fabrics (including leather) as well as a pillow back and a tufted back version.
Very similar in shape to the iconic George Sherlock sofa, but at a better price, this OKL version has a solid wood frame, polyester cushion fill and comes in three colorways.
The 83" Rose is also a new offering from this online direct retailer and their first traditional shape. Rose's seat cushions are over-stuffed; constructed of a high-resilience foam core wrapped with down. It comes in 22 colorways and two color leg choices. Black is quite striking.
A fabulous new traditional design just a few years ago from the Swedish Giant, the Stocksund is part of a larger family, has a removable, washable cover and comes in eight colorways.
Home Decorators scores with a very attractive, petite roll arm sofa with a tufted back and a solid bench seat. Don't expect down or hardwood frame here, but the exterior is nicely finished.