As anything in life, there are varying price points for all furniture pieces with a number of factors contributing to their final cost. These factors are: the manufacturer or designer of the piece, size, fabric selection, other types of materials used, customization options, number of pieces available, where it is made, its age, and if it is machine or handmade. Not to mention shipping and delivery fees associated with where you live.
Since I don't want you to feel like I've tricked you into reading this post and won't really provide any hard numbers, let's break down different price points that we typically recommend for sofas and sectionals. We consider our client's lifestyle, overall budgets, and honestly, the affect that mass production has on the quality of our designs for your home (and the planet) when selecting these main pieces.
SOFAS and SECTIONALS: $500-$9500
Yes, I understand that's a pretty big price range. And there are plenty of luxury designers sourcing sofas for much more than $9,500. Even Restoration Hardware can have sectional prices add up to over $15K. But we usually don't go past the $10K point because we want to leave plenty of room for original art and other finishing touches that sometimes don't make the cut because the budget all went to one piece.
We work with a manufacturer from Los Angeles, Moss Studio, to produce custom sized sofas and sectionals with lifetime frame warranties on most of our projects. I'm talking customized down to the inch which is very helpful when working in awkward or small spaces. We really value that these pieces are made in America, are super comfortable, and the quality is great. Often we want high performance fabric that feels really soft and is close to indestructible. So we pair Crypton fabrics with their frames. Real human people are handcrafting your sofa too, and getting paid a living wage which is pretty important to us. These custom pieces are usually somewhere between $3500-$6500, again depending on final size and materials. But if you come to us with a giant great room and want a huge u-shaped sectional totally tricked out, well that's another story and your price just jumped up a few rungs.
For other projects and rooms that aren't your main living space (like basement TV rooms) we might use a company like Interior Define. Their pieces are made well, have enough good looking options to make it worth our while, and carry several performance fabrics that work well enough for secondary spaces. Plus, we like their customer service the best if we have to go retail. Sofas and sectionals from them are around $1500-$3500. There can also be cute, somewhat decent quality sofas at places like West Elm and Pottery Barn at similar retail price points to Interior Define. But nothing very customizable and you can easily lose hours to their poorly organized systems and customer service that doesn't seem to communicate between departments. (At least that has been our experience dozens of times.)
Now, let's be clear about where we might recommend using that $500 sofa. It isn't something we would suggest for a main living area, for people with animals or children, or in a space that sees a lot of traffic from guests. After years working with different lines, we've observed that 90% of these really inexpensive pieces fall apart quickly. Their fabrics get wrecked by pets (and you can't pass it off as "patina"), from kids spilling any number of things, from adults spilling any number of things, and often from just repeatedly sitting in the same spot. Then after a couple of years, second hand stores won't take them and nobody on Craigslist wants something that's covered in chocolate pudding residue or dog saliva, even if it's only $50. So to the dump it will go.
The only times we think something at this price point makes sense are if you've found a sweet deal on a vintage piece, it's for an extra area that needs something to sit on but won't get wrecked by lots of wear, or for people on very modest budgets that definitely don't have cats. And if you must, our pick is always Ikea as they seem to be the best quality at that price point.
We suggest you splurge on your work horse pieces that you should have for decades and save on any trendy items that you might want to swap out throughout the year. Remember that fast and cheap usually leads to more fast and cheap again rather quickly. However, if you buy quality pieces and take care of them, you'll buy them far less often and save both in your longterm budget and hopefully keep more items out of landfills.