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Your Guide to Minimalist Sofas

You’ll never find that perfect sofa — especially on a budget.


My girlfriend and I recently spent our summer shopping for a new sofa. It was horrible; a three-month search filled with angst, bickering and, ultimately, compromise. Our first mistake was thinking that the perfect sofa exists. It doesn’t. When you’re on a budget there’s always something wrong: it looks great, but it’s not comfortable; it’s too bulky; the color doesn’t match the room; it’s too expensive. My first recommendation? Lower your bar. How about “something minimal, comfortable and sturdy?” If that’s your M.O., you can work with that, and here are some ideas to get you started.

Liam Sofa by Dania $499

Leon Wood Frame Sofa by West Elm $899+

Central Sepia Sofa by CB2 $999

Scott Sofa from Kyle Schuneman by Apt2B $1,298

Adelaide Sofa by Gus Modern $1999

Anson Sofas by Room & Board $2,399

Inheritance Sofa by Stephen Kenn $6000+

Suita Sofa Three-Seater by Vitra $8,1800

Florence Knoll Sofa by Knoll $10,911+

Jack Seemer is the deputy editor at Gear Patrol.
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