Apr 10, 2009

Furniture Friday: Slipcovered Sofas

This edition of Furniture Friday is a little bit self-serving. I've been looking for a new sofa for...ev...er... and I know I can't be alone. I think this piece of furniture has to be one of the hardest. Even though I truly agree with Celerie Kemble who basically said: the sofa is like the potatoes, you wouldn't build a whole meal around a starch, so why build your whole room around a sofa?!  Okay, I butchered the quote but my point is, the sofa must still must live up to a lot of expectations. Timeless, durable, comfortable, washable, the list goes on and on. My search for the perfect slipcovered sofa is not over, but I thought I'd share the different styles that I've found.

Contemporary with Graphic Touches: Ondine from Top Design used a similar (non slipped) sofa from Plantation in one of her rooms. I would love to use this in a black and white room. This is the "Contemporary" sofa from Quatrine.

"New Contemporary" also from Quatrine gets its punch from contrasting piping.


Pottery Barn's Square Grand Slipcovered Sofa 
PB's Jackson Sofa

Clean Lined with Scooped Arms:

Best Slipcover Company's "Charles" Sofa...I love this one!

"Grace" by Quatrine

Charlotte by MG+BW (who, BTW, is having 20% off custom upholstery orders right now)


I have a weakness for English Rolled Arms...this is a new sofa from Restoration Hardware.

The fabulous, Windsor Smith's slipcovered sofa.

A sofa from Lee Industries, they have the most comfortable eco -friendly sofas, I hope to own one.

Pottery Barn's Comfort Grand Sofa, I like that you have the option for a box cushion back.


I really like this one from Quatrine, it's simple but still has a little pizzazz!

I'm positive this sofa is by Lee, but I actually found it here.

"Luzerne" from the new, Bernhardt Interiors line.

"Taylor" by Bernhardt.

MG+BW strikes again!

So do you have a favorite?  Any more sources for great slipcovered sofas you'd like to share??


alison giese Interiors said...

Hi Lauren!
I recently found Material Girls, and love what ya'll put together! I'm not in the market for a sofa right now, but one day when I am, I too will have such a tough time making a decision.
I would love to see what you gals have to say about the STYLES of these sofas - what the styles SAY, and what it is that draws you in about each different style.
You know, in all your spare time! ;)

Jana said...

Hey Lauren - I found your blog, very fun! So much inspiration here :)

MFAMB said...

yes!! the crate and barrel oasis sofa is my dream sofa. its photo doesn't do it justice. you have to see it in person to really appreciate it.

MFAMB said...

btw...the ones you picked are pretty spectacular too.

My Galveston Cottage said...

I'm loving the eco friendly ones -- like from natural Lee. Then again, who can resist the rolled English arm. Slipcovered furniture, I think, looks so chic. And yeah to easy living.....-susan

Unknown said...

Great sofas! I am so glad that you posted some more modern options as "shabby" usually comes to mind when I think of slipcovers. Great finds!

Anonymous said...

I have the eco friendly lee sofa slipped in creamy white linen. I have washed the covers twice and they just get better. Lee is a remarkably enduring company and seem to embrace the times. I get the greatest pleasure from the visual and comfort of this sofa. Hope you invest! Ginny

Kelly said...

I just discovered your blog after searching for black and white decor ideas and I have to tell you I love all your ideas! I came upon last years black/white blog entry and I will definately be following your blog now! Thanks so much for the ideas.

Renée Finberg said...

i love the first one......heck, i love all slipcovers !

happy easter & passover

Ideezine.blogspot.com said...

Well ladies, make your checklist, that's how I deside.

1. The room (sunny or shady)
2. Function (formal or relaxed)
3. Personal fit for arms, hips and legs.
a.Sofa's arm height for comfort,(while hunting and gathering ideas out of magazines)
b. Cushion depth comfort(measure your hip to knee for perfect cushion depth. Lower back pressure and deciding if a lumbar pillow is needed or not. Cushion firmness.
c. Sofa height from floor to seat for leg comfort(measure your knee to foot for comfortable extended laptop/cell phone use.
4. Sofa length for nap qualities. Scale of 1-10 (use your pet). How long does your pet nap on the sofa?

Successful outcome? If your pet jumps on sofa as soon as it arrives and stays on sofa often during the day.

This fun checklist is one I came up with and use for my clients and myself. It creates giggles, but it works!

Happy Easter!

Lauren said...

I think a Lee sofa would certainly be my first choice. I love that they are so chic and green!

I really like the Oasis sofa too! Lee actually makes several of the Crate and Barrel sofas so I think you would be getting a great sofa. I'm all about quality - this thing has to last me waaay long than I would like to admit!

Kathleen said...

Wow! I have seen some horrendous slip covers, but these are simply divine. Thanks for sharing!! Looking forward to reading more of your posts.


Great selection!

I am sure you will choose the best - a tiny piece of advice - Think if you will love the sofa you choose in 10 years ;)

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Lisa Canning said...

Love the top design sofa. Reminds me of a great tuxedo jacket. Great blog!

Down Comforter said...

Boy, slipcovered sofas have really come a long way. Some really great pieces :)