A sofa often comprises the largest decorating cost in a living or sitting room. Since it's also a focal point of the room and a high-traffic seating area, it's important not to just snatch up the cheapest thing you can find. Luckily, there are good-looking, even striking, sofas out there that won't cost you an arm and a leg, and that won't give you a backache either.
Take this Macy's Alexandra Sofa ($949, reduced from $1,269). Simple, handsome curves and glamorous upholstery available in sea blue, indigo, or plum make this piece not only versatile, but cheerful and stylish. And it's made of high-density foam cushioning and wire spring seating for ultimate comfort, with a hardwood frame for added durability. On sale, it comes in under $1,000, which is a good investment, but not a bankruptcy-inducing splurge.
To see an equally glam and even more affordable sofa,
The Pier 1 Carmen Sofa ($699, reduced from $999) is a great bargain to begin with. Its two plush cushions and rolled arms make it a comfortable couch, but its nailhead trim and turned wood legs give it polish and glamour. The dusty beige upholstery adapts well to many color palettes, and you can give it a kick of color with a pair of throw pillows.