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I'm looking for recommendations for a good looking and comfortable sofa for my living room, which is also my home theater. I don't really want to get Berklines as I prefer a sofa. Any suggestions? I have no idea where to even begin looking.
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Do you want a reclining sofa, a sectional, or what? Need more info as to what you are looking for/thinking of.

Also Berkline makes sofas, loveseats, etc all with built in recliners...not just theater seats.
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I'm actually open to reclining or just regular sofa.
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Do you have pictures of this room/current decor? There are sooooo many companies out there that make great sofas you really need to go try some out at a furniture store or look at some other living/theater rooms people have done with sofas, etc. I've seen some beautiful theater/living rooms with large sofas with loose cushions and lots of pillows. Not sure if this is your thing or not, but you need to get an idea of what you'd like. Do we have a significant other/spouse to consider in this decision?
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I lean towards a modern sleek look, here are some pics of my current setup (it's ugly I know):






I live alone in a one bedroom condo but want my place to look cool for when a date comes over, etc.

My walls are white, carpet beige. Right now I just have a futon (yuck, makes my place look like I'm in college). I also have a black recliner that's ok but I'm not super attached to it.

I'm leaning towards something red or black either in cloth or leather. But I like comfort too.
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You want just a sofa by itself? Also with a modern sleek look you tend to sacrifice soft/cushyness...so I'm guessing that doesn't matter since you've been using a futon anyway.
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I'm open. I could maybe keep the current recliner and add a sofa. Or just have a sofa by itself if it's comfortable enough for almost every day movie watching. Currently, I often move the futon out of the way and use the recliner when I'm watching by myself.

I sorta like the idea of a few Berkline recliners (maybe 2 or 3) but I'm not sure that's as inviting as a sofa for just hanging out when not watching HDTV.
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Check a few of these out and let me know what you think:

Lane's stationary sofa Bosa Nova (83930) which has a layer of memory foam on both sides of the seat cushions. This has somewhat of a sleek modern look but with a bit of comfort. Go to Lane's website to check it out.

From Lane's reclining furniture this is one of my personal favorites: the Alpine (20439) Sofa which looks really nice in black leather. Not quite the sleek modern look, but very nice regardless.

From Berkline check out the the 270, 180, 490, 496, 389 groups among others. The 178 group has that sports car interior look to the seats.

From Benchcraft(a part of the berkline company) check out Amsterdam 220, Harrow 488.

Let me know what you think or if you're looking for something a little different maybe I can direct you.
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As for Berkline theater seats you can get armless units and make a loveseat or sofa out of them with all seats reclinging and cup holders just on the ends.
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Lane's stationary sofa Bosa Nova (83930) which has a layer of memory foam on both sides of the seat cushions. This has somewhat of a sleek modern look but with a bit of comfort. Go to Lane's website to check it out.

Lane's Wakefield model is also of good quality and can be had from many local retailers for under $999 delivered. It is 100% leather and comes in multiple colors.
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I don't really like any of the Lane stuff above except the wakefield is okay. I guess I'd really have to check them out in person.

But I'm leaning towards something like this (from www.dwr.com):



What do you think?
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Definately has those clean lines you'd expect to see in an empty New York loft apartment and totally uncomfortable...but hey if you like it then go for it. I personally would want something more comfortable that I could cuddle up with the chics on...but then I'm married now so I don't cuddle anymore. But I still prefer a big marshmallowy sofa to lounge in when watching tv, movies, etc.

But furniture is all about your own tastes/preferences so don't go by what I say. I was just trying to give you some stuff to look at/check out.
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$100 of paint would make a world of difference.

I'd either get a nice, large, darker leather coach, or a big poofy microfabric couch with recliners.

We have a big sectional in our living room, and three of the seats have recliners. It's pretty sweet. Not sure a sectional would work in that room, or that you need that much seating.
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I'm surprised you didn't like the lane midtown...even has a tight back instead of what appears to be loose back cushions on the one you showed. Just missing some arms if you need those.

Broyhill has a few you might want to look at: 7903, 7904, 6415
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If you are looking at DWR, take a look at roomandboard.com .
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Originally Posted by mediahound View Post

I'm looking for recommendations for a good looking and comfortable sofa for my living room, which is also my home theater...

We bought this curved leather sectional at our local/regional American Furniture megafurniturestore. It is very comfortable with room for two laying out end-to-end or six easily sitting up. We absolutely love it and it was exactly what we were looking for. The ottoman lids are hinged for blanket and pillow storage.



Here are a couple of links, but be advised we paid $1400 less that the price quoted on Overstock for the sofa with two ottomans. Also, it's a monster at about 11'11" from farthest edge to farthest edge. Getting it into out basement was not that difficult since the sofa is two pieces that hook together.

http://www3.hamiltonspill.com/main.a...&series_id=736

http://www.overstock.com/?page=profr...cid=93896&fp=F
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Those wires look mighty wimpy. Go to 14 gauge.
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I checked out some more sofas today. I think I may be able to get the best of both worlds with a reclining sofa, which I stumbled upon.

It's a basically sofa that also has two reclining chairs built in to it. The two end seats are reclining chairs. Here are two models I saw - What do you think?

http://www.furniture.com/common/prod...75092357243750

http://www.furniture.com/common/prod...4-cd1218172201
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Now you're talking! I would definitely go with one of those. Your dates will like them to!
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I don't care for leather, so we bought two of these from Sam's and are very happy with them.



They also have a recliner on each end.

Whatever you get, find a way to have your butt audition it before you buy.
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I think the second one looks the best. On another note, you should throw some stuff up on the walls like some paintings or something, to warm the place up a little. Or get married, then you don't have to worry about decorating.
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Although they don't have it in their showroom, this couch is interesting especially for the price:

http://www.daniafurniture.com/?page=...7120c5f5393a3c
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Now you are totally changing your tastes and those are similar to things you'll find from Lane, Berkline, and Lazy-Boy.
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Have you checked out lovesac? You can piece it any which way you choose.

http://www.lovesac.com/
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Although they don't have it in their showroom, this couch is interesting especially for the price:

http://www.daniafurniture.com/?page=...7120c5f5393a3c


Now that I like -- too bad there appear to be none of these stores in Virginia! They won't even ship me a catalog since I'm outside of their market areas.
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I don't really like any of the Lane stuff above except the wakefield is okay. I guess I'd really have to check them out in person.

But I'm leaning towards something like this (from www.dwr.com):



What do you think?

That looks sweet to me. DWR has good stuff, and I wouldn't be surprized if it was comfy. I don't like overstuffed leather couches. I'd rather have something firm and soft.

If you like the contemporary look, try these:

Bo Concept
West Elm

As for the room, I agree that you need some color on the walls and a rug in front of the TV, mix up some textures and you will add depth to the room.
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firm and soft??? maybe you need a select comfort sofa
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firm and soft??? maybe you need a select comfort sofa

Yep, I like eating my jubmo shrimp on it

Guess I need to clarify: firm cushion, soft fabric. That makes a little more sense, doesn't it?
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I have an Ekorne's stressless reclining sofa:


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Gotta love the Ekorne's sofa. Is is as comfortable as it looks?

I have a set of five Coasters that are fine but at times it would be nice to be able to lay down and not be stuck in the same position all the time.

I saved the photo of this couch. I don't remember where I found it, but I love the concept of the fold down armrests.

THIS is what I want next time.
LL

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