A sofa is one of the biggest purchases you'll make for your home, and finding the right one can take some time. To guide you in your search, here are our top 25 US sofa stores (with a couple of international entries, as well). They're divided into sections by price — high, medium, and low.
Best High-End Sofa Stores: $3,000 and up
This Italian company (with US locations) 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. Shown: Jean Sofa by Antonio Citterio.
Their multiple US stores carry modern and contemporary sofas by A-list designers, and prices range from the low to mid thousands. The quality is high, and they have several exclusive lines. Shown: Togo Sofa by Michel Ducaroy.
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 start around the low thousands. Shown: Archetype Collection Sofa.
This London shop aggregates interesting UK designers — people like Donna Wilson, Matthew Hilton, and Russell Pinch. (In America, some of their products can be found through stores like The Future Perfect and De La Espada.) Shown: Mabel Sofa by Donna Wilson, £3,940.
De La Espada
With shops in the US, Canada, and Europe, this company refers to itself as a "design management firm," meaning that collaborations with designers (like Studioilse and Autoban) are paramount in their business model. Shown: Hepburn Fixed Sofa by Matthew Hilton.
This LA-based company makes beautiful and pricey sofas with FSC-certified hardwood frames and 8-way hand-tied coils. Their upholstery is warrantied (under normal use and conditions) for the life of the sofa. Shown: Beaumont 72-inch Sofa.
Design Within Reach
They have a variety of modern sofas ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 — upholstered furniture brands include Finn Juhl, Cassina, Herman Miller, Knoll, and Modernica. Shown: Poet 2-Seater by Finn Juhl, $7,500.
This French company (with US stores) is known for low-slung modular sofas in uniquely over-the-top patterns. They also collaborate with well known designers, such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Christophe Delcourt, and Hans Hopfer. Shown: Mah Jong Sofa by Hans Hopfer.
This design firm collaborates with Mexican artists on textiles and upholstered pieces. Their crazy, colorful sofas are high-end (price on request) and many of them are one-offs. Rococo has a showroom that's open by appointment in Mexico City. Shown: Ya Fui a Llorar.
This company's sustainable strategies, which they've branded under the name naturalLEE, include using FSC-certified wood for frames, water-based soy finishes, recycled filling for cushions, and organic upholstery fabrics. Shown: Wedge Sofa 1296-33.
Best Mid-Range Sofa Stores: $1,000 - $3,000
Room & Board
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. Shop online or in Room & Board stores throughout the US. Shown: Jasper Sofa, $1,400.
Crate and Barrel
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. They're also one of the most accessible stores on this list, with locations across the country. Shown: Petrie Sofa, $1,500.
Jayson Home & Garden
This Chicago-based and online store has a nice balance of modern and traditional styles, most of them under the $3,000 mark. Their sofas are made with kiln-dried hardwood frames. Shown: Louisa Sofa, $1,795.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Their sofas are well made, with hardwood frames, double-doweled joints, and 8-gauge steel serpentine springs. Prices usually clock in at the low thousands, and styles range between modern and traditional. Shown: Chester Sofa.
Launched out of Minnesota in 1997, Blu Dot now sells its furniture through a national network of retail dealers, a store in Soho, and an online shop. Their sofas are streamlined and stylish. Shown: One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa, $1,800.
This Toronto-based furniture company makes simple sofas that range from apartment-sized settees to large sectionals. Most sofas come with metal bases and look like updated versions of mid-century designs. Shown: Blake Loft Sofa, $2,000.
This Denmark-based furniture store has multiple locations in the US, and they focus on moderately sized, versatile pieces. Prices range from under $1,000 for basic sleeper sofas to upwards of $5,000 for more complex upholstery. Shown: Mezzo Sofa, $2,495.
Headquartered out of LA, Modernica manufactures and sells reproductions of modern classics. One of their best known lines is the Mid-C Californian Case Study brand of chairs, beds, and couches. Shown: Case Study Daybed Couch, $1,895.
Best Budget Sofa Stores: Under $1,000
Like their sister store, Crate and Barrel, CB2 uses FSC-certified, kiln-dried hardwood frames. The quality isn't quite as high as C&B, but the pricing is more affordable. They have simple, modern styles that can go as low as $600 or as high as $1,500. Shown: Bollo Sofa, $999.
This Japanese (and US) store is known for its minimalist, "no-brand" aesthetic. They have affordable upholstered furniture in stores and online, including apartment-sized pieces that are oh-so-basic. Shown: Compact Sofa, $328.
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. Options include sectionals, apartment-sized sofas, and leather upholstery. Shown: Karlstad Sofa, $600.
Styles are basic, modern, and a little on the chunky side. Their specialty is apartment-sized furniture for design-minded people on a budget, and they offer a nice range of upholstery options for standard sofas. Shown: Sutton Sofette, $600 - $700.
This online and Chicago-based store carries several modern sofas under the $1,000 mark. Most styles have metal bases and hardwood frames — they're simple and the quality is decent for the price. Shown: Spezia Sofa, $798.
This online store has a wide range of discounted modern and traditional living room furniture, some good and some bad. To get a sense of quality, read the customer reviews for products. Shown: James Black Renu Leather Rolled Arm Sofa, $600.
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. Shown: Morgan Sofa, $900 (currently on sale for $700).
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Photo: Mabel Sofa by Donna Wilson at SCP