Monday, January 30, 2012

Thinking About...

A new sofa.

Our current sofa is about 6 years old. I had gotten it when I was moving from Philadelphia back to the burbs. We're ready to shake it up a bit, and by shake it up I mean get rid of it. Do you have that one piece of furniture that you're just itching to get rid of? I have two - one is our couch and the other is our TV stand. But one thing at a time, right?

I'd really love to get a white slip-covered couch (am I crazy?). This sofa below is tan but I like the shape and I like the idea of two cushions instead of three. This one is actually a sofa sleeper from Room & Board.

Although a white slip-covered sofa might seem impractical especially with having children, there is a lot of flexibility with a white couch as far as decorating. The slip cover portion frightens me a little bit. Is it going to come off easily and slip back on easily? Is it going to wash well?

At the lower end of the budget spectrum is the Stockholm model from IKEA. It's definitely affordable. I just struggle with it not really being an investment piece as it may only last 4 or 5 years, but I like the look of it.


And then I knew Pottery Barn would have a slip cover option or two. The only one that I really liked was the Carlisle, but I like the look of the English roll arm on this one.


If you have a white sofa, I'd love to hear any and all feedback you have on it. And if you have slip covered furniture I'd also be interested and greatly appreciative of any feedback you have on that as well. We're not in a rush to get this, but it's something I would like to get this year at some point.

Hope you have a great weekend! We had an excellent dinner out with my brother and his wife at a restaurant called Elements Cafe in Haddon Heights, NJ. I would highly recommend to anyone in that area.

19 comments:

  1. I have a slipcovered love seat that has worked out great so far. I love that I can stick it in the wash when the little ones get their dirty fingerprints all over it. I love the Pottery Barn sofa, I think the shape is so pretty!

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  2. I have a slip covered sofa and I'm too nervous to take off the slipcover and wash it! Yes, I'm crazy. But, I do like that when I'm ready to switch it up, I'll just need to buy a new slipcover, not a whole new sofa.

    ps. I don't think you're crazy to get white :)

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  3. I have two off-white sofas, although they certainly aren't as forgiving as a print, it was worth it for me to have the look I wanted. We have a 'no eating' rule, and they've held up to kids and pets fine. I think slipcovers would be the perfect answer!

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  4. I've been dying to expire my love seats... they're floral camel back - a nice floral, but just a little too floral for me! So I've been thinking of slipcovering them, because replacing isn't an option right now... low and behold I just read that florals and camel back sofas are coming back! Oh what to do, what to do... I'm still leaning toward slipcovering them for now!

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    1. I'd love to see a photo of your sofas. I bet they are beautiful. But if you end up slip covering them I'd also be interested in hearing/seeing/reading about that too.

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  5. I wish I could have a white sofa, but with two little dogs it's out of the question. A slipcover is a nice option as you can clean it when needed.

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  6. I love the look of white sofas too...they are so versatile. I think the slipcover option would be best. Just throw the slipcovers in the wash with some bleach and hopefully they'll look good as new. That being said, I'm still nervous to go with white myself (more because of my dogs than the kids though).

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  7. I like the room and board one the best but I like look of all of them. Good shape in a sofa is key for me!

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  8. I've always wanted that white slip covered sofa as well! At least you can wash the slip cover and make a new one (or have one made) instead of buying an entirely new sofa in the future!

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  9. I have a slip-covered sofa in my sunroom, it used to be our only sofa (it's ivory..close to white) I am a fan of the look, but it can get pretty frustrating if it doesn't fit perfectly.

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  10. I think that if a white slip covered sofa is what you have your heart set on, you should go for it. Its a beautiful look, and the slip cover option makes you not as crazy should it get spilled on or scuffed once in a while. Buy what you love, and live with the limitations, I say. I have really pale gray furniture, and my sofa is a gray micro-velvet. Its from Room & Board, and the fabric has been great. Its very stain repellent, and I've gotten everything from blood to ink out of it (just had to act fast). Its a good fabric option if you're thinking of going the Room & Board route--I've been really happy. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for the info on your Room & Board experience, Kristen! That's great to know.

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  11. I have a white slip covered sofa and two young boys -- best decision ever! I love that I can throw it in the wash with a tiny amount of bleach and it's back to perfect. I don't think I'd get linen just because I couldn't bleach it. Good luck! Go for it! :-)
    Abby

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    1. Good to know Abby - thanks for the feedback too!

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  12. The first sofa I ever purchased (when I was single) was an off white upholstery, which I loved! Then I had kids.... needless to say we no longer own that sofa! While I love the white, slip covered look, I vote for purchasing a sofa with classic lines in a neutral fabric. If you want to slip cover, go for it, but don't make that your main look as I think the wear and tear of washing the slips won't stand up to the test of time. A classic sofa can be a versatile, life time purchase.
    Sorry to "swim against the tide" Holly...!
    Cathy

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    1. Mmmmm....I appreciate your honesty Cathy. This is not going to be an easy decision that's for sure. Especially with my husband's strong feelings on it.

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  13. I still dream of a white slipcovered sofa and will definitely have one someday. I think it'd be easier to take care of and clean because you can remove the cover. If it doesn't have a slipcover, how often do you really clean your sofa? So that, and the look, is enough for me. Let us know what you decide!

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  14. You can all have a white slipcovered sofa. I made one - super tight fitting, with care to detail, top stitched etc for a large scroll-arm sofa. It wasn't easy to make but worth it. After a $60 dry cleaning bill, I launder it myself. Cleans easily-extended my sofa life by 5 years & counting

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