Mid-Century Modern(ization)

Redefining modern for a family-friendly home

Sectional Shopping

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For the first time we are moving into a home with two living spaces; a living room and a den.  The den is where I’ve told Kirk he can display his plethora of Orioles memorabilia and so it will certainly be the more relaxed of the two spaces.  It’s the perfect size for our current furniture–a modest 7′ couch and matching club chair–and so we’ll need to do minimal furniture shopping, if any at all for that room.

However, since we sold the two heinous second-hand couches that have been occupying our basement ($65 dollars! Holla!), we’re now looking at a very empty and massive living room space.  And you know what that means–sectional shopping!

While we’d like to stick with a style that reflects the home, we don’t need every piece of furniture in our home to be from the mad men era.  One or two pieces would be fun, but we think any more than that would feel forced and cliché.  That said, we don’t want pieces that are overtly traditional either–we think they would stick out like a sore thumb.  With that in mind, we have a few options when it comes to furnishing this enormous space.

We could go trendy:
grey stuffed

We could go retro:

We could go disco (not a sectional, but imagine a set of two facing one another). I secretly love this option!:

Or we could go crazy:


We really only have two criteria.  It must be comfortable and it must have arms for (maximum lounging potential).  I also love the idea of a dark grey couch.  Our current sofa set is off white and now that we have a little one I know its days are limited.

Our wallet has us considering the Ikea Karlstad.  I’m a little hesitant to purchase what will no doubt be a very well-used piece of furniture from a store not necessarily know for quality, but it has great reviews which makes me think we should at least go check it out and see how it feels under our tushies.  Plus it’s completely slipcovered for easy washing.

Behold the Ikea Karlstad:
YHL Karl

And check out this Ikea hack I found over at Our Mid Century.  They dyed their once white Karl dark grey to disguise stains,  tufted the cushions, and added tapered legs.  Pretty slick!
sofa grey

UPDATED TO ADD:  I went and checked out Karl in person and was saddened to realize that the sectional option (with the corner piece) doesn’t come in leather — which was far more comfortable than the cloth cover in my opinion.


Author: Olivia @ Mid-Century Modern(ization)

I am a wife, mother, and writer. I am also a crafting, furniture-refinishing, home-designing nut.

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