The deep seat and low, rolled arm of a "English" sofa is a one of my favorite styles. Perfect for napping, and great as an extra bed, they can mix well with any style, be recovered in modern fabric for a totally fresh look and give any room a relaxed and comfortable feeling. This one above is brand new last year from the Big Swede. Designed by Nike Karlsson, he's made sure to include pocket springs for more durable comfort and a removable cover for easy cleaning. More below!
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.
- The Edward Sofa - $1,399
From newcomer and online only retailer, Bryght, this cleaned up Roll Arm sofa boasts a solid wood frame, chrome casters and down blend cushions. They argue this is easily a $3k sofa that they can get to you for much less due to their direct to consumer organization. Want to test it? They have a 30 day guarantee which will pick the sofa up and refund everything.
- Sherlock Velvet Sofa - From $1,599
In three velvety colors over at our friends at One Kings Lane, this sofa looks very similar to the famous, flouncy George Sherlock sofas (below) but is a far better price. Seemingly made of solid wood and with foam cushions and polyester velvet.
- English Arm Tight Back Sofa - $1,899
From small company in North Carolina, Cococo Home, or the Comfortable Couch Company, makes everything by hand in their factory in small batches in a wide range or fabric and leather. This sofa comes in four lengths, THREE depths and nine fabrics. And, yes, you can get either foam or down cushions!
- Bedford Sofa - $2,650
Handmade in the USA for Williams Sonoma Home with a kiln-dried sustainably harvested hardwood frame and seats and cushions in down blend with 8-way hand-tied springs in seat and sinuous steel springs in back. Note the top of the back has a nicely scolloped detail.
- English Roll Arm Sofa - From $1,585 On Sale Now
RH's English Roll Arm Sofa will fool you into thinking you have thirty-room manse instead of a one bedroom in Brooklyn. The price, depending on size and upholstery choices, can get up there, but the base price is excellent.
- George Sherlock Two Seater Sofa - Email for Pricing
Only available through Ruby Beets, this is the most famous English Roll Arm maker I know of. Totally custom and handmade, this classic Sherlock design comes in three lengths and countless fabrics: "Frames are made of beech wood, and are constructed with three forms of fixings being doweled, screwed and glued. The internal fillings consist of fibre, felt, canvas, webbing, hair lock and coil springs. All the coil springs are hand sewn onto the webbing. The cushions are filled with feather and fibre mix, 100% duck feather or feather and down mix."