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  1. Ikea: Karlstad

  2. Williams-Sonoma Home

  3. Sit Down New York

  4. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams: Abby

  5. Jensen-Lewis

  6. Jensen-Lewis: Zatana

  7. ABC Home: Cisco Delano sofa

Best sofa stores


Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or simply looking to pinch pennies, visit Ikea for the best deals ever. (Bonus: You can take a fun ride on the water taxi for free—well, you get reimbursed at the store.) Everything in the showroom is testable, so plop your butt down on fabric sofas (as little as $499), the Karlstad two-lounge sofa with armchair ($847) or even a black leather loveseat ($979). Just don’t ask us how to get your new gear home. 1 Beard St at Otsego St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-246-4532,

Downtown Furniture
Not only are the prices jaw-droppingly low, but they offer free assembly and delivery service on all orders over $200. Yes, even up your five-floor walk-up. The best part: Every sofa can be customized in terms of size and fabric. You can design your own personalized sofa (plus optional sleeper extra) for under $1,000, although prices vary according to your selections. 165 Grand St between Baxter and Centre St (800-966-7088,

Williams-Sonoma Home
With the launch of their new eco-friendly Green Collection, sofas built out of recycled and organic products can be found here for less than $2,000. Check out the Presidio sofa and loveseat in an array of colors and styles from olive and navy to checkers and stripes (starting at $1,658). You can even score their large Jackson sectional sofa, which can be broken down and rearranged to fit into any space ($1,657). 10 Columbus Circle at Eighth Ave (212-765-0001,

Crate & Barrel
Couches at this one-stop-shopping home-design outpost can be found for $999 or less, but they look like they cost a few grand. Cozy up on the Camden 69-inch sofa ($899) or the bold tomato-red Hennessy sofa with deep, plush seats ($999), which is also available in leather ($1,999) and made from sustainable materials. While you’re there, grab all the makings (a popcorn bowl and some pillows) for a perfect movie night at home. 611 Broadway between Bleecker and W Houston Sts (212-780-0004,

Sit Down New York
Here you’ll find inspired looks that will give your apartment some personality. Go for a sleek modern style with the Innovation Splitback lounger excess sofa bed in brown or white ($1,199) or the simple-yet-chic Fusion sofa bed ($699). Looking for something for the whole fam? Try the fashionable black leather sectional with cappuccino stitching and a chrome metallic finish on the legs ($1,599). 873 Broadway between 18th and 19th Sts (212-777-7795,

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Gold and Williams have been creating durable and sustainable furniture since 1989—before being green was even cool!—so they know what they’re doing. Most seat cushions are wrapped in regenerated fibers and composed of all-natural resources, while the frameworks are made of biodegradable material. Look out for the too-green-to-be-true sleepers (starting at $2,390) and sectionals (the Abby starts at $2,736). 210 Lafayette St at Kenmare St (212-431-2575,

Classic Sofa
This 25-year-old business is like the Burger King of couch stores—you can have everything your way. You can choose any pattern or bring in your own fabric, and they’ll order your dream lounger to match. Their specialty is fitting sofas into small apartments (like yours!), where they can set up a living room in any awkward space. Modern and contemporary styles with down-feathered cushions are among their most popular sofas, at $3,000 plus the cost of fabric. And their timing is superb, with just a two-week turnaround. 5 W 22nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-620-0485,

Ditch the basic boxy couch for a Jensen-Lewis design that adds a touch of glamour you never knew could exist in a piece of furniture with such a horrible name. For a modern style, pop a squat on their sleek Baroque sofa boasting two linear arms and a smooth curved back ($2,072). Not quite your style fantasy? Go bold and try their dramatic contemporary living-room sectional with upholstered seats resting above an oversize lustrous wooden platform ($6,212). 89 Seventh Ave between 15th & 16th (212-929-4880,

Ligne Roset
While the price tags might be a bit over your budget, the exclusive styles, looks and colors excuse the indulgence. Melt into the Pas Si Classique (it’s not really all that classic) collection with lush cushions and supportive headrests (starting at $11,860), or add some positive feng shui into your home with the Feng collection featuring geometric lines, signature details like the tear-drop stitching and overall elegance ($10,500-$14,000). 250 Park Ave S at 20th St (212-375-1036,

This megastore has sofa sales up the wazoo, but they’re a good spot for year-round bargains. Highlights include: a vintage-inspired Chloe velvet Metro sofa ($699) equipped with high-density foam cushions and designed a few inches smaller than your standard-size sofa for a comfy fit in your pea-size studio, and their customers’ top-rated Tuscany two-piece reclining deep-brown leather sectional ($2,499). Save $100 on a table setting with most sofa purchases. 151 W 34th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-695-4400,

ABC Home
Forget plain ol’ utilitarian black, gray or white: For distinctive patterns, head to ABC Home and feast your eyes on an array of stripes, paisleys and bold colors. Take home the Cisco Delano sofa (from $3,300) in brilliant red-orange or the Herman Miller efficient sofa compact in a riotous red, orange and yellow paisley design ($4,570). 888 Broadway at 19th St (212-473-3000,

Jennifer Convertibles
Got $1,000 or less? Then we’ve found four great couches for you. Try a double-reclining tan-colored sofa ($399), a leather cream blend three-person sofa ($399), a microfiber Flounder posh sofa ($499) or a Kahuna three-piece modular beige tweed sectional ($799). There’s plenty more under a grand, but we’d like to leave a reason for you to actually go into the store. 11 Third Ave between 13th and 14th Sts. (212-260-0522,

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