28 places to shop for an affordable midcentury modern style sofa

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This story was the SECOND one I did rounding up mid mod sofas. Read our even more expansive THIRD update (done in April 2013) — 216 affordable mid century style sofas from 30 manufacturersHowever, I am leaving this story up — because it contains reader comments that may be of use if you are in shopping and researching mode.

28 vintage reproduction sofas

Following my original story about places to buy an affordable midcentury modern style sofa, I have incorporated reader suggestions. For this research exercise:

  • “Affordable” was designed as less than $2,000.
  • Some of these are more “modern” than “mid century modern”. I gave some latitude.
  • The list is re-ordered to roughly correspond to the order I would likely do my own additional research, if I were in the market.
  • Note that many of manufacturers listed make more than one design, you must dive into their websites to see them all. With this list, at least, you have a starting place.

younger sofaYounger Furniture: This Lily sofa (above in gray) from Younger Furniture is the first sofa that I would look at if I were in the market today. As Gavin pointed when I originally posted about Younger, this is very similar to original Dunbar designs. There are additional modern designs from Younger Furniture, which also are well executed — like the sofas and chairs that Dave and Kristin used in their house.  Mid century modern sofas from Younger Furniture

mid mod sofa

UPDATE: Click photo to see NEW Avenue 62 line of mid mod sofas — FANTASTIC!

UPDATE: Be sure to see the new Avenue 62 line up of Younger Furniture — MORE MID MOD SOFAS!

Macy’s: Macy’s gets up high because of all the Macy’s Corona sofa (above) love we have shared over the years. The sofa is stylish and inexpensive — although, there have been varied opinions as to quality. The Morgan, Blake (shown) and Corona are what popped out at me in the current lineup – as I type this, they all seem to be on sale for $699. A reader also suggests that if you get a Macy’s card same day, you get another 15% discount — also watch for tax-free sales events. Mid century modern style sofas and loveseats from Macys.

castellano modern sofa

Castellano Custom Furniture: When I was at Rejuvenation Lighting two years ago, I saw this line of furniture for sale in their large showroom. It’s Castellano Custom Furniture — made right in Portland, and it sure appeared to be the real deal. I’m not sure it really hits under $2,000, but I’m putting it in anyway, it’s probably in the range. Modern sofa from Castellano Custom Furniture.

Perch Furniture: Above, Gracie sofa by Perch Furniture. Based in Portland (there is a bird in their logo tee hee), workshop in LA. These guys get double extra bonus points for rockin’ the orange. (God help me, all the greiged-out neutrals on these furniture websites had me on a rip-roaring rant revival.)  Gracie sofa by Perch Furniture.

bantam sofa by design within reach

Design Within Reach: Reader Amy reminded me:

Design Within Reach also has a mid-century sofa in both 73″ and 86″. It’s called the Bantam and is very similar to Macy’s Corona. They are currently having a sale on their site as well!

Yup – as I write this update, both the 73″ and 86″ Bantams are on sale for less than $2,000 each. These are nice looking sofas, for sure — and come in a nice selection of upholstery designs. Thank you, Amy. Bantam Sofa by Design Within Reach.

Mitchell Gold: I love the look of this Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Cara sofa. Not sure if it’s really less than $2,000, but I’m guessing it’s close. There are some other possibilities in this line, as this is a company that tracks trends. Cara sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

Rowe Furniture: Readers reminded me of Rowe Furniture, and indeed, the Abbott (above) is just one of least five sofas that could look beautiful in our midcentury interiors. Even more, really — a lot of their line has what I’d call “modern-to-traditional” styling, meaning they are very versatile. Be sure to look at Rowe – easy to use website. Mid century style couches by Rowe. 

dean mid century style sofa by room and board

Room & Board: I was initially surprised that Room & Board did not have a wider array of mid-century modern style sofas. The only one I really thought fit my *I’ll know it when I see it* criteria, and which was less that $2,000, was the Dean. But, readers clued me to also check out the Andre, Eugene and Reese. Maybe I missed them the first time or maybe their price went down below my threshold for this story. Anyway, check ‘em out, lots of choices:. Mid century and modern sofas by Room and Board.

lee industries apartment sofa
Lee Industries: The sofas at Lee Industries tend much more toward traditional and even wonderful mid-century modest. Boy oh boy, the Lee page  is fun to look at — so many shapes and sizes — it’s a sofa primer: Sofas by Lee Industries.

modern tufted sofa from lazar industries

Lazar Industries: There are quite a few choices from Lazar Industries — made in the U.S.A. Mid century and modern style sofas from Lazar Industries.

Sofa CraftUpdate: Reader Gavin served up Sofa Craft, now known as Monarch Sofas, a third-generation family-owned company with showrooms in California and Texas. Some nice looking sofas at great prices, here, and Gavind says, “Made in USA, good prices, foam or down, choice of springs and best yet: A Warranty!” Above: The Amanda. Mid century style sofas from Sofa Craft/Monarch Sofas.

sterling sofa by michael weiss for vanguardVanguard: There are some *possibilities* in this collection by Michael Weiss for Vanguard.

One thing to consider and check for, on all the sofas that I show, is their size and scale. Back in the day, sofas were not 40″ deep — oversized — the way they often are today. Some of these sofas are more less-deep and less-high than others — more “authentically” proportioned for smaller mid century rooms with lower ceilings. Mid century = long, low, horizontal lines.  On the other hand, deep sofas can be very comfortable if you are tall or large and also if you like to hunker down to watch TV. So — thinking about the proportion of the sofa to your space, vetted with how you will realistically use it, is the task. Note, I also could not get a retail price on this Weiss sofa, above, without giving my coordinates to an online quoting place, which I refuse to do. (This exercise also made me an expert on website design and marketing for furniture makers, I swear. If any manufacturers want to hire me for a 25-point checkup, send me an email.) I’m going to guess that this, and others in this Vanguard line come in under $2,000 if you don’t go too crazy with the upholstery.  Michael Weiss mid century style sofas for Vanguard.

jane sofa from gus modern

Gus Modern: Gus Modern has a lot of styles — they seem to be going after this market pretty aggressively. Mid century modern sofas from Gus Modern.

modern sofa from west elm

West Elm: You got your numerous choices from West Elm.

Ethan Allen: Don’t forget to check Ethan Allen.

petrie sofa by crate and barrel

Crate & Barrel: Crate & Barrel gets in, with their Petrie Sofa. How do they get away with using that name without licensing it from The Dick Van Dyke Show? Petrie sofa from Crate and Barrel. UPDATE: See reader comment on the original story reflecting experience with quality/durability issues.

avec sofa from cb2

CB2: The lines of CB2′s Avec are too forced for me, but it seems to have its fans. Avec sofa from CB2.

mid century style sofa under $2000

Plummers: Update: If you live in Southern California, Tikimama spotted this Paramount sofa, Made the U.S.A., at Plummers. I am guessing this sofa may be made by someone already shown on this list… I will check later. No online sales. Paramount sofa for sale at Plummers stores.

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Pottery Barn: Arlington sofa from Pottery Barn.

kivik sofa by ikea

Ikea: Update: A reader asked about Ikea. I don’t live by any Ikeas, so I never get to see their products. To be sure, their products are generally inexpensive. The Kivik sofa, above, is $599 – about the same as the Macy’s Corona on sale. In regard to buying a sofa, I’d generally counsel to buy the best you can possibly afford — aim to own it a lifetime, even. Kivik sofa by Ikea.

Urban Outfitters: Update: If you’re considering the cheap and cheerful route, another reader suggested taking a look at Urban Outfitters. Mid Mod style sofas from Urban Outfitters.

Eq3: So now I started really poking down rabbit holes. Update: This Byrd sofa, originally spotted on another website, is actually designed by EQ3, based in Winnipeg. They have a number of other sofas with contemporary / modern / Euro lines. Byrd sofa from EQ3.


True Modern: Here’s the True Modern Luna  sofa, with its Danish Modern legs. Check out this company’s Sample Sale area, too. Luna Sofa from True Modern Furniture.

Blue Dot: Blu Dot has a few options, and sounds like an interesting company. Paramount sofa by Blu Dot.


Dania: Bloom sofa from Dania. $699 – made in China. Don’t yell about only this one, though, I think most of the Gus Moderns are from China, too. I did not check country of  origin as I did this research. Dania’s other sofas also are modern designs, at relatively low prices. Bloom sofa from Dania.

oslo sofa from white on white

White on White: Update: After my original story, reader Kurt suggested the “Florence Knoll” knockoff from White on White, shown above. At 57″ wide, I’d not quite call this a sofa, but it makes the list because it’s nice to see new, smaller companies. Mid century modern style sofas from White on White.


Heywood Wakefield: Hey, do not be forgetting, you can STILL get Heywood-Wakefield sofas — NEW. Yes, they are still being manufactured, by a company that bought the rights. That’s the Margaret, above. I’m not counting this in my “mid century modern” count, though.  Heywood-Wakefield sofas still made today.Thanks, readers, for your continuing help in making this the #1 most conclusive list of midcentury modern style sofas in the U.S. interior design blog world. If you find more manufacturers — let me know via the Comments. Also, please also feel free to share you experiences with any of these products.

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Comments

  1. says

    This is a great list and it drives me nuts that a good portion of these stores aren’t available in Canada. Come on companies, we’d like more furniture options up here already!

    As for the IKEA Kivik, I have sat on that couch every time we go visit IKEA and if we didn’t already have a different sectional, I’d buy that in a heartbeat. It’s really comfortable and has a long seat so if you’re tall, it’s great option.

  2. red says

    this is a great list. to add to some of the notes, i’d encourage folks to seek out showroom samples and sit on them for an extended period of time. we set out to replace our beautiful, but uncomfortable-after-15mins sofa from modernica and after an exhaustive 3 year search, we decided on a sofa (eilersen, not on this list) because it was not only pretty /and/ comfortable, but also had the construction hand-feel that we were looking for. everyone’s tastes and temperaments are different, of course, but we were amazed at how much a sofa that looked amazing was really a dud when examining up close. specifically, we were disappointed in the quality and comfort of gus modern sofas — many were rock hard and you could feel the framing members under the upholstery. those with a continuous seat cushion, like the bludot paramount proved a bit odd-feeling when more than one person sat down. we also found that the super-low arms on many of them left us wondering what to do with our elbows 1/2 way through a movie. good luck on the search, folks.

  3. dk says

    Just wanted to share that my 4 year old Gus Modern Carter Sectional is tearing apart and fraying at the seams in multiple places. We are just two small people, no kids. No exceptional wear and tear. It has never been cleaned, so that isn’t it. Gus says the fabric is out of warranty and is no help at all. Upholsterers say they can patch it and sew on top (frankenstitch!). Which is pretty much unacceptable. So, as much as I love the way that sectional looks, I think everyone should know it will only last a few years.

  4. Bbo says

    Hi. I found a great new mid-century sofa from a small maker/dealer online. I thought I book marked the webpage to come back to it later for purchase, but I didn’t. Now I cant find it. The sofa was displayed in a dark blue or navy color with clean, masculine lines (likely more late 50s style than early 60s). The arms on the chair were low (almost at cushion level), angled inward, and looked quite like airplaine wings.

    I believe the maker is small and in Los Angeles (but not completely sure about this part and whether I am mixing up the host of sites I’ve now looked at).

    I’ve searched high and low to try to find the site again and I can’t. It is NOT one of the 28 that are also listed on this page, which I’ve also double checked. Does the first paragraph above ring a bell to anyone and if it does please let me know the URL?

  5. Cysco says

    Just wanted to chime in on Younger. We have owned a Lilly sofa and love seat in a stunning red fabric (fabric is red with subtle purples and yellow’s in it)

    We also own their Miller sectional. Their furniture is top notch. We are extremely happy with the comfort, quality and design. Most people just assume they are vintage pieces.

    Here’s a shot of the custom Lilly pieces in our family room

    http://i.imgur.com/b8QYUno.jpg

    if you’re looking for quality mid-century design, look no further.

    • Lauryn says

      Your family room is fabulous, Cysco. I am sitting on my Younger Mikel sofa (more of a 1940s inspired piece) as I read this and I will, once again, wholeheartedly put my vote in for this company. Their furniture really is incredibly beautiful but, perhaps more importantly, incredibly well made and very high quality. And honestly, very affordable for that kind of quality that is American made.

  6. Cysco says

    Agree Pam, We looked high and low for the right furniture and nothing came close to the value and design of Younger. Just re-read my post. it should read “we have owned a Lilly set for a year or so. Yes we still own them. :-) )

  7. Katie says

    This is a great list. We’re looking for a more early-century-style sofa — any ideas on who is making these for less than $2k (pref $1k)? Thanks for any tips.

  8. says

    I have to pipe in here to say that I design and make custom sofas in LA and can ship elsewhere as well. I can always beat the price of the big retailers because I have a small design studio and no showroom overhead costs. Most people don’t think they can afford custom made furniture but I’m all about bringing GOOD design to the people!

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