I have been looking for a year to find a couch. I want a sofa that is simple, timeless, comfortable and fits in my little space. I wanted to buy good quality that will last for years. When i move into a bigger house it may move into the spare room, but will still be a special piece.
...and I found it yesterday - #4 - it's perfect.
I've done a lot of research on couches and spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect one. I spent hours looking for styles i liked on the internet, and then attempted to find stockists in Sydney of similar styles where i could touch and sit to ensure comfort and durability. Like when buying or renting a house, the photos can be deceiving.
Another thing is where the product is made and what it is made from. When buying a cheaper couch you'll sacrifice quality and strength of the frame. My parents, who have had their couch for 25 years spent a fortune buying it, but it is still as solid as ever having moved across the world and being dealt to in a home with 3 kids and pets. It is made from a solid hardwood frame and is a simple style that is still modern today. All that deteriorates is the covering, and by re-covering you bring a whole new look to an old couch. It is absolutely worth buying an expensive, high quality couch once you are settled into a city or home.
So if you are looking for a couch then i have picked out my favourites across a few price points. My advice is to stay patient and not rush. If i had leaped into purchasing on a wim, like i nearly did a couple of times, i wouldn't have found my Carter (or i would have felt ill when i did).
1 LIASON SOFA - This gorgeous Nonn contemporary sofa was one of my two finalists, measuring a very reasonable2200mm long and 950mm deep. In Australia, Nonn is represented by Living Edge in Surry Hills, Richmond VIC, Perth and Brisbane, and in NZ Belle and Simon James Design.
Moulded high density foam and soft fill to create a sofa that has a polished look, with a luxurious feel. You can buy additional overlay cushions separately, which add even more luxury when moulded over the waiver thin arms. The frame is powder-coated steel finished in black matte.
2 OUTLINE SOFA - This Simon James Design piece utters feminity and comfort in an overall collection that i do feel is quite masculine.
Plush feather cushions, soft lines and the slight angled back support results in a balanced and soft look for a family home. The frame is constructed from sustainably grown pinus radiata, steel re-enforcing and multi-density foam.
3 PROFILE SOFA - The 'man' version of the Outline sofa - Another Simon James Design that has strong, bold lines and would become a feature in a spacious lounge room. It absolutely needs space, so in my narrow semi this heavier look from the base that goes straight to the ground doesn't work.
4 CARTER SOFA - Designed by HG Furniture and made 100% in Australia. It comes in a range of sizes - 2 or 3 seaters from 2100mm to 2900mm, in a choice of 900mm or 950mm deep. It is also available in modular, single and ottoman designs.
This stunning, plush and sleek sofa is made in Australia using solid Australian hardwood, Dunlop Enduro core with luxura top wrap, with feather fiber 50/50 back cushions, and steel legs which come in matte black or crome (timber legs are also an option). I can't wait for my one in Walnut Verona leather to arrive.
5 SMYTH SOFA - A classic contemporary sofa that is fully functional for a family home. The option to include piping in the cover of choice, emphasises definitive lines and results in a versatile sofa that can be 'dressed' up or down. Designed by HG Furniture and made in Australia.
6 BROOKLYN SOFA - This a cheap, contemporary option if you don't want to spend upward of $6,000 on a couch. You are not going to get the same longevity out of the frame and faux fabrics, so you may spend more in the long run, but you can get the look. This Brooklyn sofa from Freedom furniture is currently on sale for A$1,999, in both Australia and New Zealand stores.
7 NEO SOFA - King furniture introduced the sleek Neo design to their range in early 2013. It is a beautiful design and very unintrusive.
The downside to this couch, if you're short on space, is that it just won't fit - the 3 seater with arms is 2881mm long, and in my opinion the 2100mm 2 seater doesn't suit the low profile design. There is also a lot of feedback on King couches just not maintaining the quality they used to as now they are all made in China which reflects the low price point of these (c.$4k).
8 DARRIN LOUNGE - This sofa is from Nick Scali's range. It has simple lines with softly pressed cushions from the button detail. The navy blue shown in the picture is not a colour i'd typically go for in a couch, but for the price, it does really suit this fun and sophisticated colour that is not at all offensive coupled with neutral tones.