Dear AT LA,
How much should a good couch cost? There are so many options and prices out there I just don't know where to begin.
We'll break it up into three basic categories:
If you can't spend more than $500 or so, we think vintage is the way to go. If you allow your style to be open, you can find some great (mostly 50's and 60") pieces that were built when construction and staying power mattered. We do not recommend the Ikea route, as we have tried this (with a funky $400 white leather couch) that lost its shape within months.
If you've got a grand or more, we suggest looking into the bigger stores like Room and Board, Crate and Barrel, et al and WAIT FOR THE SALE. We got a stunning slate grey sectional in the sale corner at Civilization a few weeks ago for $1,500. Well worth it. If you have some cash, we do think that a good couch is worth the investment. Usually for around $2,500-$3,000 you can get a beauty. Look for things like Kiln-dried frames, hand-tied springs and down-wrapped foam cushions. Hope this helps.