I'm moving into my own apartment in a couple of weeks and I need to buy a sofa. I basically know nothing about furniture and I've never purchased a sofa before so I'm only now realizing that these things are pretty damn expensive (I'm sure my preference for leather is entirely to blame).
Are stores like West Elm and EQ3 worth their mild price premium over Ikea (I'm seeing a 2-500 difference)? Ethan Allen/Crate & Barrel/Pottery Barn are only a couple hundred dollars over that.
I'm torn between not wanting to spend an arm and a leg and wanting to not end up with something thats going to fall apart in a couple of years. Googling reviews hasnt been super helpful because apparently everybody hates everything (I'm well dissatisfied people are going to be more vocal than happy people, and when it comes to furniture I have no idea how people are using their stuff and what their budgets were so).
And before anyone tells me to just troll craigslist until I find the perfect sofa, I'm not fundamentally opposed, but come Feb 1 I basically wont have anywhere to sit, I dont own a truck, and I dont know anyone who owns a truck.