So you need a sofa? Last week I commented on what makes a quality sofa. Now I'll make some recommendations on where to find a sofa. In no particular order, here is my quick and dirty list of the top ten places to buy a sofa in Vancouver.
1. West Elm ($$) – Good option for price, quality and style section. Check online before going to the store, but beware, many of their products cannot be shipped to Canada. A West Elm review can be found here.
2. Style Garage ($$$) – Located in Gastown. Sells quality Canadian made sofas (they even tell you about it here). Fantastic quality for the price. Modern styles.
3. Fullhouse ($$$) – Near Granville Island. Great quality. Higher prices. Modern Scandinavian / mid century styles.
4. CB2 ($$) – Cheaper. Quality is comparable to Ikea. Very modern styles. CB2's older sister store, Crate and Barrel ($$), recently opened their first BC location at Oakridge Mall. Check online.
5. Once a Tree ($$$$) – Top quality. High prices.
6. Brougham ($$$$) – Excellent quality. High prices
7. Urban Barn ($$) – Hit-or-miss quality. Mid range prices.
8. Pottery Barn ($$$) – Cheaper than Restoration Hardware. Decent quality.
9. Parliament ($$) – In Gastown. Mid range prices and quality.
10. Country Furniture ($$) – Mid level price point and quality. Don't be fooled by the name, this store isn't country bumpkin-y.
BoConcept – You will generally wait a LONG time for your sofa, but you will get a rocking sofa once you do. High prices. Modern styles.
Ikea - No, it's not all bad, but how does your Ikea sofa look after 5 years? Cheaper prices, lower quality.
Vintage or secondhand: check Craigslist of course, or here for a list of top ten vintage furniture stores in Vancouver.