4.09.2013

sofa-beds suck, and vintage regular ones do not . . .

A complicated set of work circumstances means that come July my future brother in law will be crashing at my place two nights a week, making my need for a sofa bed a little more glaring. He's cool with the couch, but I kinda think that sucks, so I've started prowling craigslist. In keeping with my last post, whatever I find has to be revenue neutral - meaning it has to cost the same (or preferably less) than what I can sell my present sofa for.

You know what I'm realizing though? Sofa beds blow. HARD. Or at least decently-priced ones do. Even back when I was looking for a new version I was sort off shocked by how few nice-looking, budget options there were out there. Read: none. I mean, isn't the prime market for sofa beds the crew that are low on space? Meaning the crew that is also probably low on cash? Why can't we have style and substance? What the hell West Elm??

Everything I saw was either too boxy/bulky, too uncomfortable, or too damn pricey. Even IKEA's best option - the Karlstad - shows the bed part in a really obvious way, and the back is way too low to be lounge-worthy.

Unfortunately, I'm not having much luck on CL either. Instead, all this search is uncovering is a whole host of non-sleeper options I'd looove to take home with me. Like this silky velvet gorgeousness for only $100:


And this awesome camelback that could use some new fabric love:


Or this bordeaux option that just needs some straightening up (seriously peeps, why post it like this?):


Honestly, I'm finding it seriously hard to stick to this sofa bed plan. There is just too much vintage awesomeness out there for me to resist much longer!

What would you do folks? I'm reeaaally considering that first one. It's in such good condition , doesn't need to be recovered, and would really go with the rest of my stuff. And the price can't be beat. Would you go for it or stick to the decidedly less cool lookin' plan?

post signature

11 comments :

  1. Are you freaking kidding me with your Craigslist options?!? This is literally what every local option looks like here: http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/fuo/3732314294.html

    Get the blue one, and have a blow-up mattress for when the broski's in town. Done deal! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my god those are AWFUL! And the description!

      Delete
  2. Haul that blue velvet number back to your place and have your way with it. My sister recently needed to crash at our apartment, and she was plenty comfortable (physically) on our regular sofa (emotionally, well, that's a whole other tale). If your bro-in-law needs to set up camp temporarily, he'll feel better about not cramping your actual style.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Only issue is that blue on is only 72" long. Probably too short for a crash . . .

      Delete
  3. Get the vintage velvet and a blow up mattress for the floor. Done.
    xoxo -e (modern24seven)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You feelin' that first one Liz? It's small (72 inches) but it's just sooo pretty...I'm torn!

      Delete
  4. Wow!!! I say go for the first one and check amazon for the blow up mattresses, mattress pad and comfy comforter and he'll love it. . Just to gorgeous to pass that up.
    xo
    Natalie @ dishesrunwaysandbriefcases

    ReplyDelete
  5. It's a beautiful set! It came quickly, and it looks exactly like in the pictures... It's extremely comfortable, too, proven by the fact that both of my in-laws fell asleep on it.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is an extremely Interesting post! Thank you for your details!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I agree with you! Sleeper sofas (the really nice/stylish ones) are crazy expensive. I live in a 620 square foot apartment and am searching for a really nice sleeper sofa too. I too am in search for a high back, loungy, not boxy nor bulky sleeper and the options are so limited for my budget. I am in the process of saving up for a nicer regular sofa than what I have now and buy a air mattress for guests when they visit. ONE DAY, I will be able to get the West Elm beauties I dream about. By the way, I love your blog!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I mean, isn't the prime market for sofa beds the crew that are low on space? ... cfurniturebedrooms.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete

Your comments make me borderline giddy! Thanks so much for taking the time!