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    The IKEA option is on the table - just means a long drive to check them out. Yea, the bedbug thing is scary when buying used.

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    I bought large upholstered chairs online from Joybird. They are online only. Their stuff is relatively expensive. I went to Joybird rather than a local store because they offered a specific shade of hot pink fabric that I needed for my decorating scheme. These chairs are solidly bult and the fabric cleans up well, so they reflect rhe price.

    Unfortunately, the scale is wrong and they are huge. They replaced smaller (and cheaper!) chairs that were no longer manufactured or else I would have just reordered them.

    Even thlugh I looked carefully at the dimensions of these new Joybird chairs and I reluctantly accepted the bigger width, I didnt pay attention to the seat depth. And, they are supremely uncomfortable for me.

    Now, Joybird has a line of smaller furniture they call "apartment size" and those would probably fit the bill for me.

    In recent months we purchased a sofa feom a local furniture store and that purchase worked because the color I wanted was available here and in many places. Plus, this company sponsers the neuter/spay clinic for pets here in town, and I wanted to support that.This sofa cost about $850 and it is probably a mid range item.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lily View Post
    Even thlugh I looked carefully at the dimensions of these new Joybird chair and I reluctantly accepted the bigger width, I didnt pay attenti J to the seat depth. And, they are supremely uncomfortable for me.

    Mow they have a line of smaller fur iture they call "aprtment size" pie es and those woild probably fit the bill for me.
    I'm assuming you're short, and the seat is too deep? I have that problem a lot. I have to use lumbar pillows on my sofa. In fact, I might be the ONLY person in the world who is more comfortable flying in economy than first class because in those big first class seats, my legs dangle and my circulation suffers. Everything is made for people who aren't vertically challenged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    Pinkytoe, when I worked at IKEA, I sat in a lot of our couches and bought one of the greatest couches I ever had--it was made in Canada.
    I vote getting one from IKEA. Good value and decent quality in the couches, and wonderful styling.
    Sorry, but I though IKEA sofa were, with. 2 or 3 exceptions, pretty hideous, cheap and ugly looking. I do like the looks of many Ikea things, just not their upholstered pieces.

    If the OP wants to sleep on a sofa, that pretty much means pillow back type where the pillows can be removed. At least, for serious sleeping, that is necessary.
    That was my criteria for our latest sofa purchase, removeable pillows on the back. While I dislike the messy appearance of them, the functionality won out. I wont do futons or day beds in our living room.

    I planned this sofa for the time when oir elderly dog can no longer go upstairs to sleep. i will have to stay downstairs with him.
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    Also, agree with razz that 4 chairs are nce, or two loveseats. Depends on the space you have. i like the cohesive look of 4 chairs.

    But is you want ro stretch out, those options are not viable.

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    If I wanted to sleep on a sofa I'd totally consider the futon option (there is a really nice futon place here, I almost went there also, but was looking for more just a standard sofa/loveseaty thing). If I ever buy a SECOND loveseat it would be a futon, but that's not on the agenda right now.

    I don't like a lot of Ikea's upholstered furniture but I have a really sturdy table from them etc., so I don't actually write Ikea off entirely, it depends on what one likes. Oh I already bought the loveseat, I'm just waiting for it to be made, at least I'm employing peeps. Make America great again! )
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    I agree with IL that for spare sleeping purposes, you should get the kind with removable back cushions. I had a couch like that and loved it. It was so comfortable and flexible--I had no problem sleeping on it when the kids came down for holidays and commandeered all the bedrooms. I had a hard time giving it up, even when it was way past its shelf life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I'm assuming you're short, and the seat is too deep? I have that problem a lot. I have to use lumbar pillows on my sofa. In fact, I might be the ONLY person in the world who is more comfortable flying in economy than first class because in those big first class seats, my legs dangle and my circulation suffers. Everything is made for people who aren't vertically challenged.
    Yes, I am 5'3' and the seat is too deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I agree with IL that for spare sleeping purposes, you should get the kind with removable back cushions. I had a couch like that and loved it. It was so comfortable and flexible--I had no problem sleeping on it when the kids came down for holidays and commandeered all the bedrooms. I had a hard time giving it up, even when it was way past its shelf life.
    I know! I got my first pillow back sofa from an alley, back in the days before ubiquitous bedbugs, and I loved it. I would have no problem sleeping on it every night.

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    IL, your post about sleeping downstairs with the dog brought back memories of this Christmas, when our golden had her ACL tear, and I moved a single bed mattress downstairs and slept in the kitchen on the floor with her.
    It actually was kind of fun.

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