The moment before you make a big purchase can be a nerve-racking one when niggling doubts bubble to the surface: Have you made the right decision? Will you regret it in the years to come? Few pieces of furniture are more important than a quality sofa, yet interior designer Emily Henderson says buying generic seating is one of the most common mistakes she notices; think dorm-room couches in cheap fabric with try-hard details.
“So often I come into a house and the people have good taste, but they already had a sofa that we had to work with, and that sofa was bad,” she says. “I’ve had to break the news to them over and over, that with this sofa they will never get the room they want.”
Given that 42% of Americans say the first big purchase they ever made was a sofa, it’s important to make the right choice from the start. In other words, step away from the generic-looking couch. To make life easier, we’ve gone in search of the best statement pieces that will graduate any grown-up interior with zero buyer’s remorse. Pick your price range and let the shopping begin.
This modern trestle-style sofa with durable woven fabric is a first-apartment buy that will stand the test of time.
Concerned that your décor style might shift in the coming years? Opt for a sofa that blends trends, like this midcentury modern–meets-traditional find.
This velvet-upholstered Parisian-style sofa is by direct-to-consumer furniture brand Article. Bonus: The retailer offers flat-rate shipping throughout the U.S.
Classic and refined like a tuxedo suit, this cream sofa won’t date.
Add a burst of blush to your living room with this made-to-order upholstered piece.
Searching for a classic sofa that isn’t generic? Opt for this slim, shelter-style piece to complete an elegant, understated living room.
Add texture and depth to your space with this tuxedo-shape, channel-tufted sofa in rich sky blue.
Tailored and handsome, this ink leather sofa should be a go-to for minimalists.
Handcrafted from maple and covered in leather-welted linen, this versatile sofa is the perfect marriage of form and function.
Searching for a statement piece? This sumptuous settee has serious living room appeal.
Kelly Wearstler Souffle Settee ($13,900)
Prepared to splurge? Search for statement pieces with quality materials and craftsmanship. This vegetable-dyed lambskin sofa with tapered bronze legs ticks all the boxes.