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#1 anon1071

Posted 10 April 2020 - 01:31 PM

I’m looking at buying a new sofa and I’m having trouble choosing. At home it’s just me and my two teens. I currently have a leather sofa that has small scratches all over it like cat scratches (we don’t own a cat!)

I can’t decide between leather and fabric. I really want to like the IKEA sofas due to their price and how everyone raves about them but I just don’t like them.

I’m not sure whether the L shaped modulars are still popular or a waste of space. I don’t like the Amart type of sofas either.
Do you think that price is an indication of quality?
I was checking out the Nick Scali website and really liked some of the styles but they’re quite pricey. Not sure if it’s worth it to spend 4K or more.

I also don’t like ones that look like they belong in a cinema room or a nursing home!
Help!

Edited by anon1071, 10 April 2020 - 02:08 PM.


#2 Moukmouk

Posted 10 April 2020 - 01:48 PM

I’ve bought some nice things from Glicks furniture. Not a massive range so it makes the choices easier! I like leather as it is so easy to clean and nice and cool in summer. As to actually making the choice, it’s easy if you just don’t overthink it. Choose one you like, order, stop looking. Admittedly I find this easier as my mother can’t make a decision to save her life, and then regrets any she does make. Such a waste of energy.

https://www.glicksfurniture.com.au/

#3 Prancer is coming

Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:03 PM

If you are having trouble deciding, get input from your teens.  Or tell the store person the features you want - eg easy to clean, can seat 5 adults, 3 recliners.

#4 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:18 PM

I recently purchased 2 x King Living sofas (never purchase at full price they have revolving discounts so waited for the version I wanted to be discounted).

https://www.kinglivi...ing-living-sale

We have the King Delta Sofas in the front room - these can be easily changed around. We purchased package 1 deluxe plus and we purchased 2 extra box ends. That way we can do L shaped sofa, 2 x normal sofas, easily converts to sofa beds etc. currently have one sofa set up as a double ended day bed (so the back cushions are on the ends and the usual box ends are on the back). The detla is great for different variations.

The other one we have is the Jasper. We have the 1A package and it is great for our living room. Fits our family of 5 on it to watch a movie together without fighting. As we purchased both sofas in the same fabric, we actually use the single chair base of the Delta as an extra ottoman for the Jasper.

We went fabric as I don’t like leather for sofas.

ETA I had wanted a Jasper (too big for our space then) or Delta, 15 years ago and DH vetoed me. When it came to new sofas for our newly extended/renovated house I knew what I wanted.

We still have Ikea Poang chairs upstairs in the kids rumpus with an Ikea soederhamn chaise which were our actual chairs we used for over 2 yrs when the old sofa died (and while living in small apartment during build). We got the poang foot rest as well. We sometimes had the chairs spread out so kids could not reach eachother.

https://www.ikea.com...eige-s19240788/

https://www.ikea.com...grey-s39900815/

Edited by Veritas Vinum Arte, 10 April 2020 - 02:32 PM.


#5 SeaPrincess

Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:32 PM

If I was buying a new sofa today, I’d get a Koala one. We’ve been really impressed with the mattress, and they’re not that expensive. They do a 2-seater, 3-seater and ottoman, and they’re on special at the moment.

#6 little lion

Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:36 PM

King Living is on sale. Our Jasper is seven years old and still lols like new. I’m considering buying another one to replace a Nick Scali lounge that didn’t last very well.

#7 taki

Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:44 PM

Can't vouch for quality but Freedom currently has 25% site wide and plenty of choice.

#8 born.a.girl

Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:50 PM

How tall are you?

As a short person, all of the modular stuff is hopeless for me, and I have to sit in furniture to make sure I can sit there comfortably.

We've just bought our first ever leather, but unfortunately we DO have two cats, so I can't blame the 'small scratches' on age.

#9 José

Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:52 PM

Sounds like you haven't found the right one for you yet.

Like others I have a king furniture lounge. Very happy with it.

#10 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:54 PM

Actually both the King sofas I purchased (exact configurations) are on sale now.

ALso what sofa you purchase will be influenced by the space you have and how you plan to use that space.

The Jasper is great for lounging around and a larger space. The Delta is better for a smaller space and can be used in either a more formal way or as a more lounging around L shape.

Edited by Veritas Vinum Arte, 10 April 2020 - 02:56 PM.


#11 Kallie88

Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:57 PM

Lol you could go into a discount furniture store for a mattress and accidentally buy a couch too like we did 😂 it was a great price for size, fit our space and only has to last 5 or so years then we'll probably replace it anyway (about to have 4 kids under 5yo so will take a beating), so we were pretty happy to stumble across it

#12 anon1071

Posted 10 April 2020 - 03:00 PM

For those that are recommending King, what price range are we talking?

I want something we can lounge around on, is comfortable but doesn’t look too untidy, not so close to the floor and definitely not hard and formal.

#13 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 10 April 2020 - 03:05 PM

The Jasper is $4,990 for the 1A package and the Delta is $2,990 for the same ones I got. That is current sale prices.

Jasper 13 package is $3,990 which is similar style to the 1A but the chaise part is not as wide. We like the wider chaise on the 1A as it can fit DH and I easily on it or even DD with both of us a little but cramped, but it does depend on the size of your room.

King is also doing a free upgrade to certain of their leather options too. We have the bog standard Palm Beach fabric.

Edited by Veritas Vinum Arte, 10 April 2020 - 03:08 PM.


#14 dadwasathome

Posted 10 April 2020 - 03:07 PM

We’ve got a jasper too, we bought on special like 99% of people, but customised a few elements. Tru touch leather I think they call the aniline good stuff.

It replaced a 12yo King Ambassador which we gave to friends and they still use

#15 amdirel

Posted 10 April 2020 - 03:08 PM

I went to a custom design place. The guy was extremely passionate about furniture design! I told him about my space and my family members and how we use the lounge, and he designed what he thought would suit. I'm always indecisive, so he was really helpful for me!

#16 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 10 April 2020 - 03:11 PM

I should add we ordered ours with American Oak coloured shelves - it does not appear as an option online but you can do a phone order and request it.

I also love King as I stuffed up building one of the shelves and put a hole in it and they replaced the item free of charge- I was expecting to pay but instead great customer service.

As I mentioned upthread I wanted the Jasper 15 years ago, still love it, very happy with it. Have also seen the Jasper is the living room sofa in most people’s homes in different configurations or the Delta if they have less room.

Edited by Veritas Vinum Arte, 10 April 2020 - 03:14 PM.


#17 -Emissary-

Posted 10 April 2020 - 03:17 PM

We bought our sofas from plush when they had their 55% off discount. We ended up with the Santa Monica sofas (https://www.plush.co...nta-monica-sofa) in fabric as DH didn’t let me get leather.

I basically went to every furniture store and sat on all their sofas to find the most comfortable one. I kept going back to the plush one so we ended up with a 4 seaters for the living room and 3 seaters in the entertainment room.

Probably shouldn’t have bought white (4 seaters) though but we chose that as we didn’t think we were going to have another child...lol

Edited by -Emissary-, 10 April 2020 - 03:17 PM.


#18 anon1071

Posted 10 April 2020 - 04:03 PM

I noticed that there’s a huge jump in price if you chose leather at King.

#19 dadwasathome

Posted 10 April 2020 - 04:06 PM

View Postanon1071, on 10 April 2020 - 04:03 PM, said:

I noticed that there’s a huge jump in price if you chose leather at King.

The tru touch is really good quality leather

#20 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 10 April 2020 - 04:13 PM

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Edited by Veritas Vinum Arte, 10 April 2020 - 04:15 PM.


#21 JustMyGirl

Posted 10 April 2020 - 09:04 PM

View PostVeritas Vinum Arte, on 10 April 2020 - 02:18 PM, said:

I recently purchased 2 x King Living sofas (never purchase at full price they have revolving discounts so waited for the version I wanted to be discounted).

https://www.kinglivi...ing-living-sale

We have the King Delta Sofas in the front room - these can be easily changed around. We purchased package 1 deluxe plus and we purchased 2 extra box ends. That way we can do L shaped sofa, 2 x normal sofas, easily converts to sofa beds etc. currently have one sofa set up as a double ended day bed (so the back cushions are on the ends and the usual box ends are on the back). The detla is great for different variations.

The other one we have is the Jasper. We have the 1A package and it is great for our living room. Fits our family of 5 on it to watch a movie together without fighting. As we purchased both sofas in the same fabric, we actually use the single chair base of the Delta as an extra ottoman for the Jasper.

We went fabric as I don’t like leather for sofas.

ETA I had wanted a Jasper (too big for our space then) or Delta, 15 years ago and DH vetoed me. When it came to new sofas for our newly extended/renovated house I knew what I wanted.

We still have Ikea Poang chairs upstairs in the kids rumpus with an Ikea soederhamn chaise which were our actual chairs we used for over 2 yrs when the old sofa died (and while living in small apartment during build). We got the poang foot rest as well. We sometimes had the chairs spread out so kids could not reach eachother.

https://www.ikea.com...eige-s19240788/

https://www.ikea.com...grey-s39900815/

we were looking at the Jasper earlier in the year. What I wondered was how many people it could seat when you have people over - which means nobody is lying down on the chaise. The chaise is such a big part of it that I thought it was limiting the usefulness of it when entertaining. I assume when you say it fits your family of five that includes people lying on the chaise?

#22 Dianalynch

Posted 10 April 2020 - 09:12 PM

If you can’t decide, you get your current sofa taken away so you have no sofa. You will find you then decide very quickly.

#23 anon1071

Posted 10 April 2020 - 10:15 PM

View PostDianalynch, on 10 April 2020 - 09:12 PM, said:

If you can’t decide, you get your current sofa taken away so you have no sofa. You will find you then decide very quickly.

Ok

#24 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 10 April 2020 - 10:41 PM

View PostJustMyGirl, on 10 April 2020 - 09:04 PM, said:



we were looking at the Jasper earlier in the year. What I wondered was how many people it could seat when you have people over - which means nobody is lying down on the chaise. The chaise is such a big part of it that I thought it was limiting the usefulness of it when entertaining. I assume when you say it fits your family of five that includes people lying on the chaise?

Yes that is 5 across the 3 sitting positions (2 seater and chaise) where we are all seated looking at TV (so facing same direction). As for seating for guests you could probably get two sitting on the chaise more formally if needed. We had a function at our house and probably had 8 people sitting chatting on the Jasper at once.

#25 Tinky Winky Woo

Posted 10 April 2020 - 11:29 PM

Don't go leather IMO.  We ended up putting covers over ours.  It's hot in Summer, cold in Winter and gets so dirty so quickly.  Plus it's a bit noisy when you move around on it.

I miss my fabric sofas.  Ikea's make some comfy sofas and you can change the covers on them




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