Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I need a new sofa.



The whole front room is a sea of brown. It's been getting me really down for about 2 years. The old white sofa was retired to my office. My fiance bought this tan jobber we have. He did a good job. It isn't bad. But there is just too much brown. It's a downer and it doesn't look crisp and clean and happy. Plus, I need something slipcovered so I can bleach out the pug & people dust & dirt. Some people say white won't work when you have a dog, but I've done it before and it totally works. Bleach is a wonderful thing.

Any of these will do. I am also taking suggestions.


19 comments:

Jules said...

I have the same sea of brown problem. I am actually doing an online search right now but haven't come up with anything other than the Petrie by Crate and Barrel. http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=931&f=6643

I really want a white sofa, but I was worried about the dogs and boys. Unfortunately, the style I need doesn't usually come slipcovered. I need something on legs so I can vacuum under it. (My son was recently diagnosed with severe allergies. Sucks, but it explains a lot of the last year.)

Good luck! :)

Elizabeth said...

I recently spent a lot of time looking at the Jasper from Room and Board - really great sofa, and you can get a white slipcover for it . . .

I also really like the Petrie. If I was going to buy a new sofa right now, would probably go for one of those two.

Anonymous said...

a. slipcover the couch you already own (almost any upholsterer can do this; heavy white cotton/duck can cover a brown/tan base without showing through)
b. just have the cushion redone in a new fabric (see ruthie sommers) and keep the rest of couch the same



for option b you could use an outdoor fabric (perfect for pooch owners and bedwetters)

samantha said...

the alex two by mitchell gold. or anything by mitchell gold. they will slipcover in loose or fitted. i can't say enough great things about my mitchell gold couch. at first we couldn't imagine spending the money. but after three failed couch purchases and realizing that quality is worth the cost, we went with a mitchell gold couch. we have the alex two (i think, it has the straight arms, not the rolled) sectional with a pull out queen sofa. its a grey railroad fabric but can be slip covered at any time. it is super comfortable, durable and beautiful. compared to the price of other couches at this quality level, it wasn't that bad. i think we paid a $4200 with delivery. the size is custom, we have one arm on the long sofa side and its armless by the door side. we got to pick the fabric (so fun) from their store. selection is limited but they do c.o.m. for a cost. we didn't see paying for custom fabric since we found a perfect grey. hope that helps. it can be frustrating buying a new couch so good luck!

Cote de Texas said...

Hi - you are right - a white slipcover is great for pets and clothes dirty from city air - just toss in the washer once a month or so and you have clean, fresh upholstery. There are so many choices out there today online. The usual suspects are great: PB, Crate and Barrel, and Restoration Hardware. Mitchell Gold is more upscale as is Quatrine. Lee Industries has a line called Coveralls = which even includes slipcovered sofas by the great Bobby McAlpine! The gold standard though remains Shabby Slips - nothing beats their down filled sofas, though the price is steep - it's worth it. Today slips do not have to be loose and wrinkled, you can have your slips tightly tailored and it will be almost impossible to tell it's a slipcover. A great option is custom. Look up upholsterers in the yellow pages that decorators use. This way you design a sofa to your specs. Another option is to buy two covers - one white and one for winter like a gray wool pinstripe or a chocolate brown denim. If all else fails - and price is your main concern, Ikea has a wonderful line of slipcovered furniture that is dirt cheap. The sofa is under $400 iirc and is surprisingly comfortable! It's a lot of look and comfort for the price. There is even a company online that makes different slips for Ikea furniture. Hope this helps.

Cote de Texas said...

Forgot to mention Ballard Designs for an moderately priced online choice. AND, even though I prefer white linen - natural linen is a great alternative to the white.

Jennifer said...

I cannot rave enough about my Room and Board couches, which in addition to being stylish and well made are a great value for the price. I agree with you that new Pottery Barn couch in the top photo is surprisingly excellent.

Anonymous said...

Some of Crate & Barrel's sofas are Mitchell Gold products. Also some of Restoration Hardware's, I think.

I ditto the Room & Board recommendation. They are a pleasure to buy from, and their stuff is strong like iron.

Careful with the bleach. It weakens fabric, and sofas already get a lot of daily wear and tear.

JJ said...

I like the bottom one. (And I have Petrie, as you know.)

I have seen some cool modern shit on CL recently. You could buy one of those and have it reupholstered.

Anonymous said...

Moving more into the $erious Adult Furniture category:

www.classicsofa.com

Anonymous said...

I like the top one, or the comments about getting a custom slip cover, but it's hard to guess what would look right in the space without a photo of the existing brown one in situ...

erika @ urban grace interiors said...

This is JUST what I needed to hear today! I spent all night looking at sofas... I need two... which really takes a chunk out of the ole pocket book. I was looking at Martha Stewart's sofas thru Bernhardt [ http://www.bernhardt.com/marthastewartfurniture/ ]... beautiful lines (anyone know what the quality is like?). No slipcovers though. With dogs (and maybe rugrats someday) I really was hoping to find a slipcover. Thank you Elizabeth for recommending R&B Jasper - I've not seen slipcovers that cheap ever! Decorno, I'd be cautious about reupholstering or slipcovering something used or old- as I am sure you know - by the time you buy 20+ yards of fabric ($$$) and then pay to have the cover made (my seamstres charges around $800-900 for sofa slips) you could have had a brand new sofa! Keep us posted on what you go for! I'm tempted by the Jasper... like that you can have 2 looks with one sofa... I'd slipcover in the summer, and have the upholstered version in the winter.
sorry for the novel! this post brought much delight!
thanks!
erika

Anonymous said...

FYI...The PB Basic Square sofa (second picture) is made by Mitchell Gold...I bought the exact same one about 8 mos ago...while I can't vouch for the long term quality, I've been pleased with it so far.

kelly said...

don't get the third one... the seat is way too deep. i like option 1.

studiolo2 said...

Cote, can you supply links re the IKEA couch slips? Thanks!

Cote de Texas said...

Sure. Here's the link:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S69841037

it also comes in loveseats and chairs and ottomans.

You have your choice of many slipcovers too. Right now, I would pick two loves seats in the pink demin. Soo cute - the new country Living shows a room with two pink loveseats that I am lusting after.

studiolo2 said...

Thanks, Joni, actually I was looking for an nonIKEA vendor who would sell slipcovers for the couch I have, and found
http://www.bemz.com/
Your tip was helpful since it made me look--I had no idea this stuff was available.
Good news, everyone, they've got brown! "D

ExpatInNZ said...

My vote is #2, the Jean-Michel Frank-ish one. I've had a two-seater version with down-filled cushions for nearly ten years. Now I have the itch to reupholster it with some zebra print ultrasuede (!) left over from a client.

Jules said...

I know we are done with this topic, but ever since Elizabeth reminded me of Room and Board (how did I forget?) I can't get my mind off this sofa in platinum. Am I insane? It just says naughty secretary to me. It would be a bitch for me to clean under those legs. Has anyone seen it in person?

http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/collection.do?method=get&id=92329597&cat=91552821