As you may know, I recently moved into an amazing apartment in NYC. You also may know that if I get a sleeper sofa, my boyfriend’s mother will buy it for us. Done and done. Well, actually I think I may have spoke too soon.
You see, it isn’t an easy task to find a sleeper sofa to fit in our small living room. Our new bedroom is about two times as large as the whole of our old place, but this new living room is a bit strange. To put the sleeper sofa I want (see photo below) in it, would essentially take up the whole room and I just can’t have that.
henry sleeper from west elm
I know, I know…it is so perfect. Only it isn’t. It just happens to be the slightest bit too large. Also, I fear with getting a normal sofa that the room will become small and fast. So onto a sofa sleeper that is so unlike me: the armless.
These are essentially futons and it took me an hour or two of browsing to warm up to the idea. You’ve gotta make some sacrifices if you’d like to have an ottoman, a sofa AND be able to walk around your damn living room. I’ve narrowed it down. Or at least I think I’ve narrowed it down. This is where you all come in, I need your help.
Some of my readers actually have design blogs, you know who you are, and I fully expect your comments below. What kind of blog friends would we be if you couldn’t tell me if I’m making a terrible choice on a free sofa? Exactly. Below are those that have made the short list.
First up we have the Flat Out Sleeper from Blu Dot. I like this, not sure if I love it. I’m really liking the red and the smoke. My apartment is a lovely cream and I’m not painting. FYI.
The next sofa is from Blu Dot as well. I’m tempted to get this one just because I really like the name. If you have the balls to call a sofa the One Night Stand, you have my business.
Then there is this number from CB2 called the flex gravel. Meh, it has good enough reviews. I guess I like it. Everything is starting to look the same to me…
Last but not least, we have the Elke sofa from Room & Board. I really like everything about this except the color. We are not a household of non-spillers and I’m quite certain it would only take a week to get this to a lovely dalmatian pattern.
I’m kicking around the idea of popping into Bo Concept and a few other stores. Please, if you have any suggestions, tell me. I have a real short attention span for things like this. For serious.
So what do you think? Which one would you choose?
here is my problem with the futon. they can easily look like a padded bench and also a style that I will call “fancy dorm room”. I usually hate red, but that One Night Stand looks great. Nice lines and structure. Go for it!
I don’t have a design blog and if you saw my tornado-inspired themed apartment you would know I have no business offering any designing advice, but I’m going to offer my two cents anyway. Ha!
I’m not a big fan of futon/armless sofas, especially light colored ones. They remind me of waiting rooms for some reason.
I love the One Night Stand couch. The color is very pretty and the style reminds me of Mad Men, it has that 60s vintage vibe.
But if you need an armless couch to fit your living room, that is totally understandable. I think the last one looks most cozy and less waiting roomy. Do they not have it in any other color? Because yeah, no matter who owns that couch, someone is going to spill something on it soon. Lol.
Ok, I have to agree with Jennifer and Katie above – I am not a big fan of futons. We actually bought one for our office/guest bed and had someone stay over the first night and they said it was SO uncomfortable. I tried sitting in it a few days to work on my laptop and it wasn’t comfortable for that either, so we returned it.
I really like the last choice. Light colors scare me sometimes too. Maybe there is a slip cover for the couch? I know Ikea sells different colors covers for their couches, and you can make custom ones to online.
Good luck in your decision and keep us updated! Happy weekend to you 🙂 xx
I definitely like the last one best, but I understand the conundrum with spills. Any chance it comes in another color? OR that you can get a slipcover to go over it?
I love the lines of the Elke but I think it would depend on how the rest of the apt is decorated. 🙂
I don’t think I could choose only one because I love them all.. But maybe that red one 🙂 Or the last one..
Which one did you end up with?? I have been looking at the Elke and the One Night Stand for my guest room.
we’re getting the original I liked from West Elm.
MG – how do you like your Henry sofa sleeper now that you’re a few months out from purchase? I’m considering the exact brand/model/color; however, I cannot get a single piece of information on the mattress. And I’m hesitant to purchase sight-unseen. What are your thoughts so far? I’d greatly appreciate your review. Thanks, from a sofa-sleepa-seeka