When it comes to rainy Friday nights, there's nothing better than curling up on the sofa with your shoes off. But when it comes to sofas, there's always a good, better, and a best. This go-round, I'm going to take a look at the trifecta of mid-century sofas, tufted, buttoned, clean-lined, and ready to make an appearance in a living room near you.
Good: Quite possibly named after everyone's favorite Mexican beer, the Macy's Corona Sofa ($899) conjures up all sorts of jokes about going South of the border. No, not really. But, it has the clean-lines, button-tufting, and tapered legs of the '60s sofas your parents lounged on while watching Dick van Dyke. The color choices aren't extensive but nothing to complain about either; it's available in pear, café noir, or stone. But, bummer: this three seater's fabric is an acrylic, polyester and nylon blend.
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Better: The Crate & Barrel Petrie Sofa ($1,499) is a step in the right direction, with a similar frame, button-tufting, tapered legs, and a two-cushion construction. Like most of Crate & Barrel's upholstery, this sofa is available in a variety (13) of color options. It's also upholstered in cotton fabric 100% brushed cotton fabric (rather than synthetics!) finished with stoneguard for max clean-ability.
Best: The Room & Board Wells Sofa ($2,599) has a similar frame and button-tufting to the Petrie, but it modernizes the mid-century look by opting for a handsome, rectangular-leg base, rather than the tapered legs of the first two. This looker is made of full, top-grain, full-aniline dyed leather, available in your choice of five basic colors.