This West Elm Sofa Is a Longtime AT Favorite—And It’s on Sale for 20% Off

published Feb 28, 2019
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Let’s just come right out and say it: Purchasing furniture is stressful. Sifting through home site after site can get overwhelming, and there’s a lot of pressure to find something well-made, budget-friendly, and complementary to your specific style. That’s why finding a holy grail piece—something that ticks all the boxes and comes from a higher-end store at a lower price—is so exciting. One of our favorite holy grail finds is the Henry sofa from West Elm, which starts at $899—already a low price for the retailer, whose sofas typically start around $1,500. For a limited time, this sofa is discounted by another 20 percent (use code FRIENDS at checkout), making it the best deal on West Elm right now.

The best part of this sofa is that it’s totally customizable. There are six stocked fabric-color combinations that have a quick turnaround (two to four weeks), and these unsurprisingly encompass the most neutral options. If grays and creams aren’t really your thing, there are also 50 other options ranging from bright colors to distressed velvet and everything in between.

Another notable characteristic is the size. Apartment dwellers can struggle with finding a sofa that’s compact enough to fit in smaller spaces (and small enough to easily move), while not being so small that guests are cramped. The Henry is 76 inches, which is smaller than a standard three-seater but much roomier than a classic futon. Three people might be tight, but two people can comfortably sit together with room to spare.

Finally, this sofa stands out for, ironically, being so unassuming. It doesn’t have an eye-catching shape or bold, modern features—it’s a classic sofa that won’t go out of style precisely because it’s not particularly stylish. While this might be a con for some, for others it’s exactly what they’re looking for: something that will stand the test of time and allow you to play around with different textiles, colors, and patterns to dress it up. If you want to make a safe investment in your furniture, this is the sofa for you.