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Good, Better, Best: Mid-Century Tufted Sofas

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.

To see photos and hear about the other two,


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.


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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this is my favorite kind of sofa.
coconutt coconutt 9 years
We actually have the Corona sofa and love seat in the stone color, I love it. The nice part about the synthetic fabrics is that they don't stretch out and start to look bad after sitting on them for a few years. It doesn't necessarily feel like a synthetic either. The construction on the sofa seems to be great too, we haven't had any problems yet.
sbaum555 sbaum555 9 years
I have the Petrie sofa. It looks great and is really comfortable but I've been pretty unhappy with the quality. I've only had it 6 months and have already had to reattach a few of the buttons. I'm not sure I'd recommend it.
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't care for this sofa style.
aragornrain aragornrain 9 years
I have a really great vintage sofa, sort of similar to the one in the b&w photo, that I found on craigslist for $200.
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