Here are a few tips to make your next sofa purchase a lot easier:
- Know in advance where the couch is going. Take measurements and determine the maximum width and height of your future sofa.
- Be specific about your functional requirements. How many should the couch seat? Should it stand rough treatment from little ones? Pets?
- Think about what style of couch would look good. Does your room call for an ornate couch with rounded arms and back, or should the sofa have simpler lines?
- Determine if you want a solid-coloured couch or a patterned. If there is already a lot of pattern in the room, on curtains, rug, etc, it will look better with a solid colour. When visiting stores, ask for samples of different upholstery options to try at home.
- Shop around. Take photos, write down measurements and price. Then go home and look at the photos, try the upholstery options and make a decision.
Here are 10 slick sofas (plus an armchair) from North Bay stores:
I'm a big fan of "condo-sized" couches. They have
a much more "human" scale than the typical over-
sized sofa. The proportions are also slicker. This
couch is from the Great Room and costs $1620.
Look how great it is with orange and red!
This Canada-made couch is "a designer favourite"
at Alger Furniture & Appliances. It costs $1499,
has clean lines and a variety of upholstery options.
Imagine how beautiful it would look in these fabrics:
Leather is practical if you have kids and pets
(watch out for sharp claws though!). This leather
sofa is from Sears. $2249.
Elegant lines on this sofa with nailhead details.
And the upholstery options are almost endless!
It is part of Leon's Cobistyle selection. You should
check it out! $1299.
I like the curved arm and nailheads on this couch.
Below are some of my upholstery favourites:
A three-seater with rounded arms from Sears.
This sectional is from North Bay Home Furniture.
With two seat cushions and one single piece as back
rest, the look of this sofa bed is clean and stylish.
$1099 at Sears.
A Brentwood Classic, now 40% off at Cleopatra
(originally $2400). Instead of the tray which is
seen in this photo, you have the option to include
a third seat cushion and back support. The couch
comes with beautiful upholstery options. See two
If you have a tighter budget, you might be
interested in this contemporary, faux-leather
couch from the Brick. $399. And why not add
a fun chair to go with it, like the zebra print
below. Also at the Brick. $179.
Which couch is your favourite?