Let's Shop!
July 20, 2013 7:16 AM - PandoraSnaps
The challenge: Find sofas on the cheap
The parameters: ‘Cheap’ is defined as $800 or less
Additional requirements: Arkady demands some with rolled arms
Mission accepted or declined: Mission accepted. Let’s go!
You asked for it and you got it! I’ve found a variety of styles to please most tastes so you just might find one you like. I’ve broken them down by store so Let’s Shop!

Let’s start the party at Crate & Barrel.
Margot Loveseat – 62”
Sale !!! $799.00

How about CB2?
Cielo Shadow Chaise - 60”

Let’s see one from West Elm.
Henry Sofa – 76”

Now on to Gothic Cabinet Craft for a few options.
Sienna Stone Sofa - 76”
Sienna Stone Loveseat – 54”
Set: $799.00

Arvada Sofa - 91”

Covina Sofa – 91”

Fairfield Sofa - 90”
(fine, it’s $9 over budget. don't kill me!)

Ok, now you knew we weren’t gonna do this without stopping by Ikea! You ready?
Karlstad – 80 Ύ”
From $399.00 to $599.00 depending on which style cover you choose.

Karlstad Sofa and Chaise – 111”
$699.00 for white
$799.00 for other colors

Ektorp – 85 7/8”
$399.00 to $599.00 depending on the color cover you choose

Kivik – 89 Ύ”
$449.00 to $649.00 depending on the color cover you choose

Let’s move on to Bob’s Discount Furniture. He’s got several options, too!
Pandora Sofa – 83”
Make it a sleeper sofa for $599.00 or $699.00 depending on mattress chosen

McKenna Leather Sofa – 81”

Colby Sofa – 80”

Napoli Sofa – 95”
Make it a sleeper sofa for $749.00 with standard mattress

Park Place Sofa – 92”
Make it a sleeper sofa for $749.00 with standard mattress

LibreII Sectional – 82”

Our final shopping stop is Raymour & Flanigan.
Scarlet Microfiber Sofa – 84”

Lily Microfiber Sofa – 79”

Haven Sofa – 86”

So, what do you think of the options presented? Which one would you choose? Think I met the challenge?

Thanks for reading!

July 20, 2013 7:30 AM - Deleted
The McKenna looks like the only comfy one. I love sofas and couches, they are so much better to sleep on than mattresses. They also make sense if you live in a small space. Mattresses have always creeped me out, it's funny cuz they creeped my grandfather out too, he used to always sleep on the couch, but sometimes we'd get a new couch and my grandmother wouldn't let him sleep on it when he was home on the weekends so she made him sleep on the living room floor lol. She didn't allow people to sleep in her bed because they "stole her air". I would never pay 800 dollars for a sofa, I got my nice black leather comfy one for 50 bux from a couple moving out of this building when I first moved in 4 years ago. Of course I did waste 500 dollars on that stupid vintage vibrating chaise thingie. :-/ Thinking back, I think purchasing that vibrating chair was my drunken rock bottom. I don't WANT to admit it, but it was.

Sorry for the derailment of this thread, I don't really know how to talk about shopping.

and RE: Couches, am I the only one who takes his boxcutter out of his bag and slashes the cushions of any couches on the street to find change?
(and sadly sometimes used condoms, doritos, and dead roaches?)

Edited at July 20, 2013 7:30 AM
July 20, 2013 7:32 AM - Arkady
Wow! What a lot of work you did! Now that you've put it in reach I may actually have to do something about mine! Ektorp? Haven??
July 20, 2013 7:42 AM - PandoraSnaps
ha! arkady, i selected the ektorp and haven with you in mind. especially the ektorp because i recall you saying you prefer blue. go for it!
July 20, 2013 10:09 AM - MontroseMorris
Impressive, Snapperific.

There were several there I liked. I've never bought a sofa. All of mine were given to me when people moved or bought new ones themselves. I'm like a poor relative. That said, fortunately, they had good taste, or were nothing a good bedspread tossed over it couldn't fix.

I wouldn't be upset if a Haven, Park Place, or even the good old Ektorp was left at my doorstep, for looks anyway. I do think sofas need to be well made, and would be picky about that when shopping, even if it meant spending more.
July 20, 2013 11:41 AM - Partridge
Of course you did a GREAT JOB rounding them all up, Snappy. Several of them are perfect classic designs and very livable. I question fabric and construction quality at those price points.
Edited at July 20, 2013 11:41 AM
July 20, 2013 11:45 AM - PandoraSnaps
a sofa need not cost $15k to be good, dangit!!!
July 20, 2013 11:48 AM - Partridge
I would much rather buy an old sofa (40+) years old, select my own fabric and have it reupholstered. Far better sofa when complete.
July 20, 2013 12:00 PM - PandoraSnaps

so, any new challenges for next week? something you all would like to see?
Edited at July 20, 2013 12:00 PM
July 20, 2013 12:02 PM - Partridge
Sorry, stroke, stroke!
July 20, 2013 12:05 PM - Partridge
"not cost $15k"

True, but $3000-4000 will get you one that will last.
July 20, 2013 12:07 PM - MontroseMorris
How about decent gas ranges under $700? What's so special about a Wolf range that costs over $1K on the low end? Besides looking cool, I don't get it.
July 20, 2013 12:08 PM - PandoraSnaps
gas ranges for $700 or less. challenge accepted!
July 20, 2013 12:09 PM - PandoraSnaps
i paid about $300 for mine and it's still going strong. about 7 years now.
July 20, 2013 12:09 PM - PandoraSnaps
but thanks for the head scratch, ridgie :-)
July 20, 2013 12:11 PM - PandoraSnaps
mm, any particular size?
July 20, 2013 12:25 PM - Partridge
Don't hate me, please... ya promise????

I bought a $4,500. 36" range for my apartment. I couldn't do it again today, but in the moment with the whole budget in mind, it made sense.

I had no idea that life could be so good with a pro range. Unbelievable difference in so many way.

Under $700. That's a challenge, but I'm sure you are up for it. Good luck!
July 20, 2013 12:35 PM - rf
As for the sofa, as I posted on the big meanie list, I bought an Ikea sofa for something like $600 15 years ago. It lasted over 12 years. That's enough! I was pretty tired of it by then and I'm ready for something new! Snappy, thanks for the info!
July 20, 2013 12:41 PM - PandoraSnaps
mine is ikea too. they are making them pretty well these days. about 20 years ago they were making pure garbage. glad they improved or i'd be sitting on the floor!
July 20, 2013 12:51 PM - Partridge
True, Ikea stuff is way better than it used to be. Agree, some purchases should not be meant for a lifetime. Styles change, layouts change or you just get sick of looking at something.
July 20, 2013 1:09 PM - Arkady
More BTUs/heat output on high-end ranges.
July 20, 2013 1:45 PM - ilovestoops
snappy - great post! I like Covina, Ektorp, and Haven. But I agree with lp -best to find vintage and have it reupholtered. I've been desperately looking for a chair. found one I liked last week but didn't act quickly enough and someone else snatched it up. need to have an unholsterer (and possibly someone who can make sure structure is ok) lined up for when I find what I want.

again, my 2 cents regarding ranges: if you haven't tried induction, you don't know how great it is. really, really amazing and much more comfortable and convenient than gas as there's no flame. I have a low end cooktop and the highest heat settings are higher than I would ever need for anything.
Edited at July 20, 2013 1:45 PM
July 20, 2013 2:03 PM - Partridge
9' sofa on eBay. Reupholstered would be amazing!
July 20, 2013 2:04 PM - PandoraSnaps
now that's a couch!!! i'd love to see it in a deep grey velvet.
July 20, 2013 2:09 PM - PandoraSnaps
oooh, and icy, light blue and soft lilac throw pillows. sigh. how much is that thing? and who the hell has space for a 9 footer???!!!
July 20, 2013 2:32 PM - MontroseMorris
I want to see someone get that sucker in a NYC apartment. It could be gorgeous though, perfect for those lofts you showed. I want a loft before I die.
Edited at July 20, 2013 2:33 PM
July 20, 2013 2:36 PM - MontroseMorris
Snaps, any size. If it's not possible, then under $1000.

Part, I get it, my friend got a Aga, which must have cost more, and if I had the money, I'd get one in a minute, too, price be damned. Unfortunately, that's not happening anytime soon (maybe in the LOFT!) and I need to buy a range soon.
July 20, 2013 2:39 PM - Partridge
My friends in the UK have an Aga. (Around 20K, I think) They built the home around the concept. It is more of a way of life than an appliance.
Edited at July 20, 2013 2:39 PM
July 20, 2013 2:40 PM - Partridge
$399.00, but in Idaho!
Edited at July 20, 2013 2:40 PM
July 20, 2013 2:42 PM - PandoraSnaps
mm, under 700 is totally doable. i've already got many options lined up. this is fun! got a preference for color?
July 20, 2013 2:43 PM - PandoraSnaps
idaho? :-(

well, i still think it'd look great in the colors i mentioned. oh, and the pillow fabric should be silk. sigh.
July 20, 2013 2:54 PM - Partridge
Danish Modern '60's. About 1K in NJ.
July 20, 2013 2:56 PM - PandoraSnaps
too much for a used sofa imo. especially one that needs reupholstering. reupholstering don't come cheap!
July 20, 2013 2:57 PM - Partridge
OMG. Tete-a-tete! 4K, Long Gisland.
July 20, 2013 2:58 PM - PandoraSnaps
July 21, 2013 10:15 AM - Deleted
I had a kivik in my office, really comfy and well made. But as LP said, go to room and board and spend 2-4k for one that will last.
Edited at July 21, 2013 10:15 AM