Tell Us: What's the Most You've Ever Spent on a Sofa?

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I've owned three sofas in my life. The first was a gorgeous, mint condition yellow-and-cream-striped silk beauty from the 1950s that I got for $200 at a Texas consignment shop. The second was a cheap futon, bought out of necessity during a move abroad. And my current sofa, the chevron-patterned, velvet coziness pictured above, was what I considered a splurge.

I paid $1200 for it, which is more than I've ever spent on anything aside from my car and computer. Most of my adult life has been spent in graduate school, so large purchases are few and far between. I saw this sofa in a boutique and was immediately taken with it, and I visited it several times before taking the leap. It's not the most versatile piece, but it's fun, in great condition, and more comfortable than I had imagined possible. Having recently graduated and secured a steady paycheck for the first time, I decided to indulge, and it came home with me a week later.

That said, I fully realize that $1200 isn't a lot of money when it comes to sofas. I have spent many a longing hour drooling over Restoration Hardware, Thrive, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams beauties. Even at big box stores like CB2 and West Elm, sofas aren't cheap, and while there are some IKEA options for around $400, even they have some models that push the quadruple digits.

We spend so many hours on our sofas, it seems absolutely necessary to have proper bum cushioning, stretch-out room, and the just-right "give." And with all the wear-and-tear that they can get (particularly if you have two pit bulls, like me), you want them to stand the test of time.

Which all goes to say, what's the most you've spent on your sofa? Have you always limited yourself to thrift store acquisitions, Craigslist steals, or IKEA bargains, or did you pony up for a luxurious, sumptuous, built-to-last dreamboat? And why did you make the choice that you did?

(Image credits: Carolyn Purnell)

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Carolyn is a lover of all things colorful and quirky. She grew up in Texas and settled in Chicago by way of L.A., England and Paris. Currently, she is a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.