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High/Low: Flat-Pack, Laid-Back ‘Sofas for Everyone’

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High/Low: Flat-Pack, Laid-Back ‘Sofas for Everyone’

October 2, 2018

After enduring eight couch-less years in New York—watching movies and writing and, dare I say it, eating meals in my bed—I’m overdue for the first big furniture investment many twenty-somethings make: buying a sofa. But I’ve been hesitant to take the plunge (read: Expert Advice: How to Buy a Couch that Will Last).

But at last I’ve found a couch I feel confident about. It’s the latest release—and the first sofa—from Detroit-based flat-pack furniture company Floyd, and is fairly priced, built to last, and easily taken apart (and put back together) for city dwellers who move house frequently. I love the pared-down, laid-back design—and Julie couldn’t help but notice similarities to a longtime favorite which is a grade above, price-wise. Which would you choose?

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The Floyd Sofa is available in four colors—gray, pale blue, deep blue, and mustard yellow—and with an upholstered or on-trend birch frame (shown). It also comes in three sizes: a three-seater (shown), two-seater, or three-seater with chaise. It&#8
Above: The Floyd Sofa is available in four colors—gray, pale blue, deep blue, and mustard yellow—and with an upholstered or on-trend birch frame (shown). It also comes in three sizes: a three-seater (shown), two-seater, or three-seater with chaise. It’s available for pre-order now and will ship this month.
A detail of the birch and steel framing, easily taken apart and put back together when it&#8
Above: A detail of the birch and steel framing, easily taken apart and put back together when it’s time to move (no Craigslist needed). The cushions are upholstered in fabric that “goes great with coffee, wine, dirt, salsa, and more,” the company says. (In other words, it’s easily cleaned.)

A three-seater Floyd Sofa with an upholstered frame is $1490; the three-seater with birch frame is $1590. Another plus: it ships for free.

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Above: A lookalike we’ve long admired: the Can Sofa from Danish design house Hay, shown here as a three-seater. Like the Floyd Sofa, the Can is pared-down and relaxed, meant to be “a sofa for everyone,” the company says, with pillow-like cushions that sit on a frame. It, too, comes flat-packed and is easily set up and taken apart.

A few notable differences: Hay’s version has piping on its cushions (one of our Design Trends for Fall 2018), and a canvas, not wood, frame. Like the Floyd Sofa, it’s available in a variety of colors and sizes; the Three-Seater with Grey Army Frame shown here is $2,321 via the Finnish Design Shop. (See the full list of retailers here.)

N.B.: See more of our Floyd coverage at Sleep Simplified: The Floyd Platform Bed for Urban Nomads and 5 Favorites: The New Portable Flat-Pack Bedframe.

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