We Found Our Affordable American-Made Sofa!
WELCOME TO THE DREAM HOUSE, ENGLAND SOFA

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One of my first posts here on the blog was about our search for an American-made sofa for the Dream House. We’re trying to decorate the house with mostly secondhand goods, but we decided to splurge on a brand new sofa (and mattresses, too).  After toying with spending way more than our budget would allow, I stumbled upon a sofa in a local furniture store one weekend day. The sofa was not only in our price range (under budget even!), it was made in the United States. Sold!

Like I said, I was just about to pull the trigger on a sofa that was way more than we could afford. We were tired of our empty, echoing living room and the sofa I was about to order was made in the States and could be delivered within two weeks. Every time I was about to hit the buy it button, I would stop myself. We really do need to keep our expenses low here.

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And then one sunny Saturday I walked into a furniture store in a nearby town and found a perfectly suitable sofa that came in under our budget. Actually, I didn’t think I’d actually find anything that would work in the Dream House at this store, but I had the time to kill that afternoon so what the hell. I did a quick loop around the store, quickly disregarding most of the sofas for being either out of our price range or not our style … or both. And then, at the end of my first lap around the store, I saw THE sofa. Simple square lines, dark fabric, no fussy skirt or other feminine touches, basic square feet … it was everything we had been looking for! When I asked what we’d be looking at in terms of delivery, they said they’d have it to the Dream House that afternoon. I was still hesitating a bit when I learned that the sofa was made in Tennessee. That was all I needed to hear. I handed over the credit card and rushed home to await delivery.

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The sofa was made by England Furniture. Despite their name, England has been making furniture in Tennessee since 1964. In 1995, England became part of the La-Z-Boy brand. We’ve been using the sofa for about a month now and we’re pleased with the quality so far. It’s definitely a budget sofa. I mean, it’s nice and all but there’s no mistaking it for an heirloom quality piece of furniture. Still, for the same price as something from IKEA, I’m pleased – especially since, unlike IKEA’s furniture, I know where this sofa was made and under what conditions.

The fabric is a dark gray that almost has the appearance of denim or men’s suiting. This keeps the sofa looking casual and masculine, which is what I was looking for. I wanted sofa with plain straight lines that feels easy and casual. I think I’ve succeeded … and for less than I was hoping!

— J. Blandings

Image: Mr. and Mr. Blandings

 

4 thoughts on “We Found Our Affordable American-Made Sofa!
WELCOME TO THE DREAM HOUSE, ENGLAND SOFA

  1. Megan

    Oh my! Does your sofa have a name? I think that’d be perfect in our house and was looking to see if I could find it on England’s website… but can’t. Darn.

    Thanks!

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