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Please choose a sofa for me, am fed up looking!

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MrsLukeDanes Thu 26-Sep-13 21:30:00

There is too much choice. These are your parameters - £400 ish, as large as you can for the money, rest of décor is 'old' (Victorian house). DH wants a white leather James Bond effort (which is way over budget anyway). I have vetoed on many grounds and now we are stuck.

rootypig Thu 26-Sep-13 21:32:42

Ikea Karlstad pimped like in the second picture

But then I think modern is great in Victorian houses.

rootypig Thu 26-Sep-13 21:34:26

Oh crap they do a white leather version! grin

MrsLukeDanes Thu 26-Sep-13 21:44:44

I'll ignore the second offering rootypig... wink The Karlstad looks really uncomfortable to me - I have a thing about the arms of sofas, those look really 'square' iyswim? Like you couldn't lean your head against them very well. Can you?!? Thank you though! (Realises that actually I may be very difficult to please... )

Catmint Thu 26-Sep-13 21:45:48

Second hand Chesterfield?

iheartdusty Thu 26-Sep-13 21:46:38

Go for a high quality brand but look at ebay for ex-display or lightly used ones. You can get Laura Ashley etc for a couple of £100s.

For example;

John lewis

laura ashley

MrsLukeDanes Thu 26-Sep-13 21:53:12

We've had a second hand Chesterfield Catmint but, again, I don't find them very snuggly... <lazy>. They are beautiful though.
iheartdusty I like the Laura Ashley one but am not very used to dealing with ebay - if it says ex-display is that trustworthy? How do they get them? Sounds like a good deal.

MrsLukeDanes Thu 26-Sep-13 21:53:50

And thanks all for bothering to look! thanks

MrsLukeDanes Thu 26-Sep-13 21:57:36

Er just bothered to read all the ebay gubbins and it says the Laura Ashley one is an official account so that explains that. Ignore last message iheartdusty!
Any other options anyone?!

rootypig Thu 26-Sep-13 22:02:50

That was my objection too but actually it is quite squishy. V comfortable. And long, if you get sofa size (not loveseat), long enough for a grown person to sleep on. Worth a trip to Ikea to test and buy twelve packs of cinnamon buns

MrsLukeDanes Thu 26-Sep-13 22:09:28

That's good to know rootypig, thanks. Will psych myself up for a trip around Ikea's one way system! grin

rootypig Thu 26-Sep-13 22:16:02

Think of the cinnamon buns! grin

NoMoreMadCatLady Thu 26-Sep-13 22:20:07

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MrsLukeDanes Thu 26-Sep-13 22:28:44

NoMoreMadCatLady Thank you for your input. You may now retire from this thread.... grin

We were actually at DFS at the weekend and saw 3 different families express an interest in above sofa during the 20 minutes we managed to stay there without having a marital breakdown about vast difference of opinion about said sofa so you may well find lots of mumsnetters now jump on this thread in sofas defence....

Nessalina Thu 26-Sep-13 22:35:44

Ikea also do Ektorp sofa which is pleasantly squishy & reasonably priced with 10-15 different cover options. We're buying a two & three seater for our revamped lounge smile

MrsLukeDanes Thu 26-Sep-13 22:39:11

Ooooh, rounded arms. Thanks Nessalina. Looks like I will definitely be going to Ikea now. And I will look out for those cinnamon buns rootypig!!

wonkylegs Thu 26-Sep-13 22:59:23

We've just bought an Ektorp sofa for our Victorian playroom it works well and DS says it's comfy (& I'm not allowed to sit on it because it's all his!!)

MrsLukeDanes Thu 26-Sep-13 23:01:11

This may be a silly question wonkylegs but did you have to put it together?! The only things I have ever bought from Ikea came in lots of different pieces.. Do sofas come in different parts too?!

wonkylegs Fri 27-Sep-13 01:29:23

We got ours delivered and it came in the most enormous box. You had to take it out of the box unfold the back (it's on a big hinge) put the arms on and the feet.
The covers come separately (I bought a cheap spare set) and you iron them & put them on. So yes you have to kinda put it together but it was ridiculously easy.
It also meant that I got to see the frame and believe me it's put together far better that the expensive shite one we bought years back from furniture village.
It's not as good as my hardwood framed Multiyork one but for an 8th of the price it's pretty good quality and amazing value.

Nessalina Fri 27-Sep-13 22:32:40

Ooh, good to know, think we're going to get ours next weekend and we were wondering if it came 'flat pack' like all their other stuff! That doesn't sound too trying though smile

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