There comes a time in most first “grown-up” apartment dwellers lives when the love seat from their very first apartment just isn’t cutting it anymore. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good love seat, but as soon as more living space becomes available, a 75-78″sofa, also known as the two-and-a-half seater, is the way to go. The love seat is the perfect piece when you’re really short on space, but something just ten to fifteen inches wider is a piece you can really sink into and get cozy in. For us, the magic number (price) for a sofa of this size is about $2,000. If you buy a sofa that’s truly well-made, it should last you at least ten years. Buying a $2,000 sofa is a big up front cost, but it’s not unlike buying a car or a mattress: these are the things that really affect your day-to-day comfortability. Think of it this way: if you buy a $2,000 sofa and you keep it for a minimum of ten years, that’s 50 cents a day. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it? You may remember this apartment we did last year for a couple in Park Slope (click here to see the rest of the apartment) which featured a great two-and-a-half seater sofa, below. Clients often ask us why upholstered furniture (sofas, chairs) is so expensive. At the end of the day, it all boils down to materials and labor. You really do get what you pay for. The materials needed to make a good sofa are expensive. Any made-to-last sofa should be built using a hardwood frame. If your sofa frame is made from plywood, it’s not going to live a long life. It’s also really important to pay attention to what the seat and back cushions are made of. Down-filled is the most luxurious, while foam is cheaper. Most sofas priced between $1,500 to $2,000 are made using a combination of foam and down or poly dacron; typically the foam is wrapped in down to make the cushions more comfortable and slightly springy. Another huge difference between a sofa selling for $500 and sofa selling for $2,000 is the way the springs are constructed. With that being said, here are a few of our favorite sofas that we think are a great value in terms of price, construction and style, all under $2,000. 1. Sofa.com 2. Ballard Designs 3. Sofa.com 4. Society Social 5. Ethan Allen. Have we missed anyone?
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