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The Great Green Sofa Hunt of 2014

Even before we moved into our house I had been eyeing this green sofa (1) from Room and Board. I hesitated to order it because it was supposed to take over three months (I don’t have the patience for that!) and also it was expensive and there were other more boring things that were begging for my money (paint, electrical, new windows.) I finally went in to order it a few weeks ago and discovered it had been discontinued. (Apparently you can still custom order it but they increased the price $800!) I was mostly annoyed at myself for not paying attention but couldn’t bring myself to pay more for something that was significantly cheaper just a few weeks before.) That little turn of events has ignited the Great Green Sofa Search of 2014. Once I got my heart set on emerald green I couldn’t think of anything else. Here are some of the sofas I’ve been looking at:

GREEN SOFA HUNT

I actually purchased the second sofa (2) last week (long and low cheap mint green sofa!) but after seeing a fabric sample in person discovered that it is more of a blue than a green. I was so sad it wasn’t the right color.

The third sofa is really beautiful (3) but I realized after looking at it for a few minutes that it is literally the exact same sofa we have but in green (they are both made by Crate and Barrel.) No go. I can’t handle having the exact same sofa so I continued my hunt.

The fourth sofa represents my Craigslist search for something vintage. I’ve been looking for a really great vintage sofa with nice lines I can reupholster. (It’s all I do in the evenings these days. ) I’ve run up against two problems there. 1. I haven’t found the right fabric yet. (My designer friends say I need to go to the Design Center to look.) And 2. By the time I spend money on a sofa, fabric, and upholstery it’s getting much more expensive than a new sofa. If I could find a cheap fabric and a great deal on a sofa it is more competitive. I’m still considering this option but waiting for the fabric and sofa to fall into place.

I also considered this IKEA sofa (5). The price is right but something about the legs bothered me and I couldn’t do it.

The last sofa I considered was this Room and Board sofa (6). I liked the lines and the silver legs the only thing is the tufted seat and cushion. Someone told me once to never get a tufted sofa as your “practical ” sofa because it isn’t comfortable.ย I still haven’t found what I’m looking for but am getting really serious about my hunt. Do you know of any great green sofas? I’m looking for something modern, with personality, clean lines about $2000, and comfortable. Any suggestions?ย Where are you green sofa??!!!

  1. allysha

    January 30, 2014

    Can you switch the legs on the ikea sofa?
    Green is awesome. Good luck on your hunt!

  2. Margie

    January 30, 2014

    I love sofa #3, and the ikea looks good, just needs new legs. I’d search for legs. That way you’ll be well under budget and have more money for other fun things.

  3. GenS.

    January 30, 2014

    Isnt the one that got away tufted?

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • January 30, 2014

      Yes! I should have clarified. It has a tufted seat pillow. The tufted seatback doesn’t matter as much.

  4. Colleen N

    January 30, 2014

    Have you seen the Murphy from Room & Board or the Oddette Sofette from MGBW? The Murphy has been on my list since it came out in that luscious green velvet.

  5. Erin

    January 30, 2014

    Did you check out HD Buttercup? I just bought a couch there and I love it. It wasn’t green but we were looking for a leather couch. Every store only had brown, white, or black. They have 12 different colors of leather. I’ll be very happy when it arrives in 12 weeks.

  6. Shelby

    January 30, 2014

    Have you tried West Elm?-Might have something….no promises ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Meg

    January 30, 2014

    Ugh, that’s so frustrating! I feel your pain, it’s been two months and I still haven’t found the right piece for our living room
    How about this one on Overstock, it’s a bit more than your budget but also unique!
    http://www.overstock.com/Main-Street-Revolution/Green-Nicolette-Quilted-Sofa/8618508/product.html?refccid=EXUVWNGGEQEYS3KPWGBI3N4EOI&searchidx=5

    This one is tufted but less expensive:
    http://www.apt2b.com/topanga-diamond-tufted-sofa-green?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=PLA&gclid=CNz5t4atprwCFVGVfgodDUgANw&gclsrc=aw.ds#

    Good luck!

  8. Becky

    January 30, 2014

    I concur with Allysha and Margie — there are sites that make Ikea-compatible legs in fun and interesting shapes, as well as furniture legs at big box home improvement stores that you could likely customize and make work. If you like the Ikea couch, this could be a great option to make it special!

  9. Simone

    January 30, 2014

    We had our amazing teal couch custom made here, in San Diego. I am sure you could figure something out with them! They have beautiful shapes you can pick from and make the couch any color and any size. You can pick the leg style too ๐Ÿ˜‰ I highly recommend them. Great prices too. Obvi, you can tell I like them. Haha. http://www.progresssouthpark.com/furniture.html

  10. Giulia

    January 30, 2014

  11. Elizabeth

    January 30, 2014

    Hi — I wish I had advice on a green sofa, we’re sofa shopping too and my main question is whether you like the CB sofa you already have? I love the shape and the price is good, but I worry about getting something on the internet. Is it comfortable? Has it held up to kids?

    Thank you!
    Elizabeth

  12. Josie

    January 30, 2014

    Sofa hunting is major business. We got ours from sofa.com after literally months of searching.

  13. Anita

    January 30, 2014

    We were in a similar sofa hunt few years ago, and agree with Simone re: the custom route. I recommend Furniture Envy, located in the Marina. They do custom work for a very reasonable price. I was looking for a button tufted sofa like one I’d seen at Crate and Barrel but without tufting on the seats because I find clothing gets caught on them sometimes. There was another contender without tufting from Room & Board but it was expensive and not that comfortable. My husband found Furniture Envy, and we were able to order the tufted sofa exactly as I wanted, in a gorgeous low maintenance mist-blue microfiber velvet, and I even downsized the depth a bit for my short stature. The sofa is actually much more comfortable than the others I’d tried (they use a higher quality durable foam than many of the major chains), and for hundreds less than at Crate and Barrel.

    They have some really nice fabric options, and I believe you can bring in your own as well.

  14. fromutahwithlove

    January 30, 2014

    I have loved this one forever but it really expensive. Like twice the budget. still I love it to pieces and it really is green in person. http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-furniture-sofa/27233154.jsp?cm_sp=Grid-_-27233154-_-Regular_16
    This one is similar and way cheaper from Urban outfitters and it’s a settee. http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=29388238&parentid=A_FURN_FURNITURE&color=032
    BTW where did you get you black and white sofa. I adore it!

  15. Veta

    January 30, 2014

    You could also really easily string buttons through the Ikea back cushions if you’d like to make it less recognisable. Something in sapphire blue velvet or even brass could look amazing!

  16. yasmara

    January 30, 2014

    We own that last Room & Board sofa! We got it at the outlet store in Minneapolis in a funky harvest gold color (goes with our 1966 mid-Century house). It was a custom order from someone else that got returned to the store.

    I think it’s quite comfortable, but it’s what I would characterize as a “sitting sofa” not a “lounging sofa.” It’s nice because there are no breaks in the seat cushion so you can squeeze more people on if you want. Of course, if you get a stain, there’s no “flipping over 1 cushion” solution. My boys like lying full-length to read books. We have it in our living room, which is not our TV/lounge area. It’s great for sitting for conversations, etc. We did put some throw pillows against the back because the seat is relatively deep (and I’m short). My tall husband doesn’t need them.

  17. Morgan

    January 30, 2014

    West Elm has green sofas! And they’re 15% off right now!!! Just not sure they’re the color green you’re looking for… had to tell online anyway.

    http://www.westelm.com/shop/furniture/sofas/?cm_type=gnav&N=4294963739

    This one is a very similar style to the Room and Board sofa:
    http://www.westelm.com/products/jackson-sofa-g996/?pkey=csofas%7C4294963739&group=1&sku=1162502&cm_src=sofas||FN-Color-_-FN-Green-_–_-

  18. Ana

    January 30, 2014

    Just chiming in to suggest these as replacement legs for the ikea couch: http://www.prettypegs.com/sv/

  19. Abigail

    January 30, 2014

    Why not reupholster the sofa you have?

  20. kate pemberton

    January 30, 2014

    I have this sofa from Z gallerie and if you go into one of their stores to order they have a giant fabric book you can choose from with every color in the rainbow. (I think I remember greens in there). It is tufted but it’s actually incredibly comfy and I love it. it’s also really large, it’s nice a deep. ( I’ve had it for almost 3 years now. )
    http://www.zgallerie.com/p-12900-soho-sofa.aspx

  21. Rebekah

    January 30, 2014

  22. Kendall

    January 30, 2014

    Have you seen the colors available for the Willoughby Sofa at Anthropologie? http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-furniture-sofa/29290657.jsp

    Not emerald but perhaps one of the greens appeal to you? I really like the look of the sofa and it looks super comfy.

  23. Heather Hagler

    January 30, 2014

    IKEA sofas are really easy to modify, you could buy different legs to put on that and make it the way you want it. We have been lusting over the same green sofa, haven’t pulled the trigger on it yet.

  24. amy

    January 30, 2014

    Funny. I have a huge vintage green sofa and I have been desperately wanting to get rid of the green – I’ve lived with that green for a long time and now want something neutral. Have any Bay Area cheap and good upholsterer recs?

  25. Linda K

    January 30, 2014

    I had a couch made for me once by a local furniture maker. I brought in a picture of my inspiration sofa, we did some design back and forth and then – voila – I ended up with exactly what I wanted. And it was not more expensive than buying one off the shelf (so to speak) from a store. Is this an option for you?

  26. Sandy

    January 30, 2014

    Have you taken a look at West Elm? I love my WE sofa and you can shop by color: http://www.westelm.com/shop/furniture/sofas/?cm_type=gnav&N=4294963739

    Good luck!

  27. Carried Fagan

    January 30, 2014

    Google urban outfitters green velvet sofa! They have a beautiful one!

  28. Hope

    January 30, 2014

    Since you’re in SF, you should definitely check out Furniture Envy (on Lombard, I think?). It’s one of those custom sofa places where you can pick your fabric, style, legs, foam firmness, etc. We got an enormous sectional made there for $2500 and it seriously looks (and feels) like it cost 3x as much. For comparison, we also got a custom sofa from Funky Furniture on 7th and the quality is just not as good as Furniture Envy’s product. It’s worth a look, I promise!

  29. Danielle Blake

    January 30, 2014

    Not sure if someone else has mentioned this: but there are companies that sell alternative legs for Ikea furniture. The one I know of that was recently advertising on the Ikea Hackers site was Pretty Pegs. Just something to consider…

  30. valerie

    January 30, 2014

    I have a green sofa, I LOVE IT! It is a Lazy Boy. I don’t remember how much it was but It is great! It is a vintage off green. Not green green, but not olive green. You can get any couch at Lazy Boy customized. And there were several different greens. Good luck! It is always best to just get what you want rather than settle because every time you look at it you will think of what you really wanted. :)

  31. Isabel

    January 30, 2014

    I think you should buy the sofa you’ve wanted all along. Yes, it’s gone up in price, but it’s the sofa you want. An $800 price difference is not such a big deal, considering the time and effort you’ll spend looking for a replacement that won’t be the sofa you wanted in the first place, especially if the sofa is well build and will last for a long time. $800 divided over many years for a great looking sofa sounds like a worthwhile investment to me!

  32. Catherine

    January 30, 2014

    I’m also looking to replace legs for an IKEA Karlstad, so when I saw your post I thought maybe this would be helpful:

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/before-after-adding-mid-c-styl-138736

    She had her Karlstad reupholstered (and tufted!), and changed the legs. Easy-peasy!

    Best of luck :)

  33. Andrea

    January 30, 2014

  34. Miranda

    January 30, 2014

    Have you considered Thrive furniture? They’ve got BEAUTIFUL pieces and a variety of different fabrics. I’ve always heard rave reviews and we’re currently saving up to purchase ours.

    http://www.thrivefurniture.com/sofas/

  35. Jess.

    January 30, 2014

    I know this is YOUR dream, and not mine, but this green from sofa.com is so dreamy (to me), I can’t imagine anyone not being gaga for it.
    http://us.sofa.com/shop/sofas/descartes#130-CMVOLI–0
    I’m sorry! I couldn’t resist, but I do know the difference between moss & emerald. Happy hunting! xox

  36. Heather from Poppy Haus

    January 30, 2014

    Anthropologie’s Linen Ditte Sofa is green and beautiful. I think it would be perfect for your house because it’s one of those pieces that is clean-lined, and leggy, but has a bit of tufting and detail at the leg. It’s higher than your price point, but you will get what you pay for- it is kiln-dried, 8 way hand-tied, and the fabric is natural so comfortable (linen is fairly stain resisitent). When I was doing display work for them I used to dream about owning it one day…

  37. Cheryl

    January 30, 2014

    I really want to go to Ireland now for some reason, ha. :) Green is such a bold color — love these couches!

  38. 2moiselles

    January 30, 2014

    To find the right coach is very difficult. The Ikea one has a very nice color!! Good luck

  39. Yvonne

    January 30, 2014

    Have you considered legs from http://www.prettypegs.com/sv/

    I haven’t tried them but I have them pinned as an option for IKEA furniture.

  40. Yvonne

    January 30, 2014

    Also you can search for “ikea sofa legs” on etsy for other options.

  41. Jo

    January 30, 2014

  42. Marija

    January 30, 2014

    I would get IKEA sofa and just replace the legs with custom ones to your liking!!

  43. Cait

    January 30, 2014

    You can switch the legs on the Ikea couch, I’m sure. I was caught between a gray couch from West Elm or one from Ashley Furniture. While I dreamed of the West Elm couch, I knew I couldn’t afford it, and I realized that the only major detail that bothered me about the Ashley couch was the legs. So, I bought the Ashley couch and found new legs. It makes a huge difference and was super easy because most legs just screw in.

    I ended up purchasing some modern cone legs from DIY Upholstery (http://www.diyupholsterysupply.com/furniture-leg.html), but there are some other awesome sites to choose from. I was also looking at legs from here: http://www.prettypegs.com/en/

  44. Judy Havrilla

    January 30, 2014

    I see others have thought of replacing the legs. I am interested to read there are shops dedicated to that purpose. Good to know.

  45. Alice

    January 30, 2014

    I’d go for ikea and customize the legs if they bother you. You can probably remove and wash covers too being ikea so if you ever get tired of the color you can change it! I was convinced i wanted a red sofa and a year after buting ive haf enough, i’m getting a white cover

  46. Darcy

    January 30, 2014

    I agree with the other posters who recommended Pretty Pegs. (http://www.prettypegs.com/en/) They have a lot of really great options if you want to make the Ikea couch your own, and if you have no other the issues than the legs, you could save a lot of money to splurge on something else!

  47. Jodi

    January 30, 2014

    There is also this green one at Room and Board that I’ve been eyeing ๐Ÿ˜‰
    http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/product/detail.do?productGroup=24792

  48. Lili

    January 30, 2014

    http://www.decadeshome.com/product/120/atticus-sofa#colors

    These sofas and fabrics are to die for!

  49. Jaclyn

    January 30, 2014

    Speaking as someone who currently has to deal with an all-over tufted sofa in a roommate situation, I can definitely say DON’T DO IT. Soooo uncomfortable.

  50. Kathleen DeSouza

    January 30, 2014

    We have a place here in Dallas called Sofa Works that will make a custom couch and it was about the same price as a lot of the other things we were looking at.

    Maybe you have a small local place that could do the same?

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