The Petrie Sofa, Eight Ways

The Petrie Sofa, Eight Ways

Sarah Coffey
Apr 26, 2010

Okay, before we begin this post, we have to admit that we're (way too often) suckers for marketing and that Crate & Barrel's Petrie Sofa had a hold on us initially just because of the name. As fans of the Dick Van Dyke show, anything named after Rob and Laura Petrie was bound to grab our attention.

Add to that a kiln-dried hardwood frame, the mid-century influences that we're so fond of, and the made-in-the-USA quality that we associate with Crate & Barrel, and we figured that the Petrie sofa would be a safe bet. It's shown up in a number of Apartment Therapy house tours, and it's versatile enough to fit in with modern or traditional decor.

After reading some reviews of the sofa on Crate & Barrel's site and scanning the Apartment Therapy classifieds (where second-hand versions of the sofa show up a lot) we came to the conclusion that the major complaint most people have has to do with the tufted buttons. They seem to pop off or unwravel under heavy-duty use (dogs, kids, etc) so this may be an issue to consider if you're extra-hard on your sofa. Apart from those complaints, we've heard that it's a great looking, reasonably priced piece that holds up to medium wear just fine.

We went looking for some examples of real homes that include the Petrie, and we found quite a few. For details and more information on each home, click through the links below.


  1. Summer and Josh's Pumped Up Traditional: This Lincoln Park home mixes modern and classic styles, and the Petrie sofa fits right in with a few color-coordinated pillows.

  2. Lindsay's Bold West Loop Style: This home has a distinctly modern, Pop Art sensibility. The Petrie sofa's geometric lines are played up with some bold, graphic pillows and a Jonathan Adler throw.

  3. Judy's Sunny and Stylish Family Home: In a laid-back Michigan house, the Petrie sofa is kept simple and clean, with just a couple of throw pillows. It's modern enough to fit in with the Eames chairs and coffee table, but casual enough to feel like a place where you can put up your feet.

  4. Catrin and Chris' New Traditional in Woodley Park: In a more formal living room, the Petrie's clean lines make it a good match for French doors and wall molding.

  5. Julie's Jubilant Loft: In charcoal, the Petrie feels more contemporary. The dark color also stands out nicely against the loft's white painted brick walls.

  6. James and Rui's LVL Home: Two Petrie sofas together are more flexible than a sectional, and they help to keep this sunny lakeside living room feeling light and airy.

  7. Yokie's Pops of Color: With a white shag rug and a lucite coffee table, the Petrie feels like a pristine, gallery-style sofa.

  8. Nicole and Brandon's Oak Park Bungalow: This isn't the Petrie sofa, but rather the Petrie armchair and ottoman (also available from Crate & Barrel). In a hallway landing lined with books, it feels very library chic.

More Information: Crate and Barrel Petrie Sofa, $1,500 - $1600

Photos: Evan Thomas, Lindsay Segal, Judy Miller, Leah Moss, Kristen Lubbe, Traci Roloff, Yokie / Small Cool 2008

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