Choosing a Vintage Style Sofa

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If you love the farmhouse style and all things vintage, you may be struggling to find a sofa that fits the bill.   As we renovate our 1906 farmhouse we are trying to be conscious of keeping in line with Old World vintage style.  A new sofa has been a challenge, but as I settled on one for our family, I learned a few things that I would like to pass on to you.

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Choosing a Vintage Style Sofa

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First of all, you will want to study the details of vintage sofas and begin to make a mental list of what to look for.

I was really drawn to daybeds and settees, I even consider a chaise lounge.

This antique daybed belonging to my friend, Wendy, would look amazing on my porch!


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I was happy to locate a replica. . .


(also comes in gray)

And you all know how I feel about the french mattress look!

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The Bella Cottage


Actually, all the sofas from The Bella Cottage are just jaw dropping!  Here are a few more that caught my eye. . .

Burlap Settee



Linen Slipcovered Sofa





French Daybed



Leather Sofa


So lovely, yes?


As time went on my list of must-haves began to look like this:


  • Deep seat (like a day bed)
  • Simple arms
  • Simple lines


  • Leather
  • Velvet
  • Linen


  • Single seat cushion
  • Lots of throw pillows
  • Solid color
  • Slipcovered, if not doing leather (because- kids. and dog. end of story)
  • Piping, pleats or tufting

Once I knew what I was looking for, I stumbled upon the Farlov couch at IKEA.

IKEA Farlov Sofa


We think it should be named FarLOVE.

 The first thing my family said was- it looks like a bed. Bingo.

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And that single seat cushion is hard to find, so that was a win.


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So, after some analyzing and shopping, we were able to find a sofa that complimented our old home.  The daybed feel, linen slipcover from and simple detailing all coordinate with a legitimate 1906 farmhouse.

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  1. Sherry Stuifbergen
    November 28, 2017 / 1:43 PM

    What about the leather sofa you repainted? Do you still have that in your redone living room?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:48 AM

      Sherry, my husband has that couch in my “man cave” now, it looks great in there!

  2. November 28, 2017 / 4:04 PM

    They are all beautiful selections but your final choice also looks so comfortable.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 11:49 AM

      Thank you, Debra, yes I think it is the most comfortable couch we have ever had!

  3. November 28, 2017 / 4:20 PM

    Great selection of vintage style sofas. The Bella cottage sofa is particularly stunning. But I was wonder why you were so interested in a seat single cushion. Are you worried that it will get smashed down? I have a three cushion sofa and I am constantly turning and switching the cushions.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 4:38 PM

      Oh, I just really love the look of the one cushion. However, as time goes on I am finding it’s less work than the three seat cushions.

  4. Brenda
    November 30, 2017 / 7:53 AM

    Lovely choice.

    I am wondering why you prefer just one seat cushion.

    Years ago I had a sofa, and then two love seats in an all cotton “antique” velvet that wore wonderfully through pets and children use. Since you are current on what is available, let me ask you if you saw much all cotton as you were shopping for a sofa.


    • Brenda
      November 30, 2017 / 7:54 AM

      … correction: make that “all cotton velvet.”

      • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
        December 7, 2017 / 4:42 PM

        No, I did not.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      December 7, 2017 / 4:41 PM

      I really love the one cushion look, I feel like it’s going to become more and more popular in the next few years. I did not see any cotton sofas as I was looking but you could find a slipcover in cotton, I would think.

  5. May 17, 2018 / 12:03 AM

    Wow! It is really good info! Thanks for sharing this post 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 25, 2018 / 6:35 AM

      Thank you, so glad you enjoyed the post.

  6. Betty D.
    July 25, 2019 / 8:26 AM

    I recovered a beautiful vintage sofa in performance off white fabric & made a one cushion, it’s beautiful & easy care the foam is high density polyester wrapped & it’s easier to care for than the cushions.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 31, 2019 / 10:06 PM

      OH my, your sofa sounds absolutely divine, well done!!!!

  7. Ramona F. Zavolas
    February 20, 2021 / 1:42 AM

    2/20/21 4:40am

    Where can I see the French Daybed ? Price and is it still available ?

    Thank you

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 27, 2021 / 10:03 PM

      I’m sorry, it looks like it’s no longer available! 🙁

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