NY Good Questions: Sofa Suggestions on a Budget?

NY Good Questions: Sofa Suggestions on a Budget?

Maxwell Ryan
May 14, 2008

Dear AT,

After a few months in our new "grown-up" apartment, we've finally decided to retire the futon and buy a sofa we can be proud of!

The mid-century wood frame sofa, like the attached picture, seems to be the right balance to accommodate a tall boyfriend, design-mad girlfriend and a cat that loves to scratch!

But now the question: where to find something like this on a limited budget in NYC?

I feel like I'm competing with an over-inflated market– the one in the picture is being sold for $9,500!...

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I've seen a few awesome pieces in the Small Cool contest and the owners always seem to find these sofas in vintage shops in the Midwest!

I don't necessarily need a vintage piece, but the only option seems to be the Ikea Lillberg - I'm not against Ikea, but have read of the frame breaking here on AT.

Can anyone share their experience with the Ikea line or recommend any shops that have similarly styled sofas that may be more durable?

Thanks! Angela

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