SIXTIES SOFAS

Retro couch and chair.

Retro couch and chair.

I bought this cool late 60s matching sofa and chair a few year ago at a thrift shop. I loved their simple style, shape and tapered legs. And even though they weren’t in perfect shape, with a $65 price tag they were well worth it. I brought them to the photo studio I had at the time to use for some retro photo shoots and since then they’ve been sitting in a corner in my parents basement…along with all of the other vintage furniture for the new house that doesn’t fit in our own home (thanks mom and dad). So this sad looking set that once sat proudly in someone’s living room sits here in a cold basement. But there’s hope…

1960s orange couch waiting to be reupholstered.

1960s orange couch waiting to be reupholstered.

 

1960s orange chair ready for reupholstering.

1960s orange chair ready for a makeover.

I am quite fond of the original orange textured fabric but alas, the cushions have seen better days, the arm rests are worn and the wooden legs have scuffs and scratches. I know the set has great potential and would be a great addition to our new living room but I think they need a new look.

I contacted a local woman in the upholstery business. She took a look at the couch and chair and confirmd what I already knew – they would definitely be worth re-upholstering. The bones of the couch are still in great shape. She would strip them down to their frames and start fresh with new padding, new cushion foam and poly wrap…and of course new quality fabric that should be good for another fifty years. So for about a $1700 investment I would essentially have a like new sofa and chair but with 1960s style and quality wood structure and legs.

My other option would be to buy a new couch. I would want it to have the stylish design, clean lines, unique touches, tapered legs and to be quality made like these original sofas from the 1950s and 60s:

This 1960s couch has a similar textured fabric in a great turquoise colour. And I love the funky design on the back rest.

1960s couch set from Eaton's catalogue.

1960s couch set from Eaton’s catalogue.

I’d feel like dancing too if I owned this beautiful 1960 Kroehler couch.

1950s Kroehler couch.

1950s Kroehler couch.

And check out the beautiful lines of this sectional. My parents had a similar 1960s sectional for years while growing up. If only I would know at the age of 15 I would one day be searching for the same couch I’d have tried to convince them to keep it instead of trading it in for a 1990’s pastel floral sofa and loveseat (sigh.)

Elegant sectional by Kroehler, 1959.

Elegant sectional by Kroehler, 1959.

To help me decide, I did a search for new sofas available today that have the vintage style I’m looking for. Many of the mid century style sofas I found were only available in the U.S but here are a few that are available in Canada.

From EQ3, here is the Reverie sofa,

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This 86″ sofa is from EQ3, cost would be $1699 plus tax.

And EQ3’s Oskar 2 piece sectional,

EQ3's Oskar sectional is made in Canada and costs $3398 plus tax.

EQ3’s Oskar sectional is made in Canada and costs $3398 plus tax.

Both CB2 and West Elm now have stores in Vancouver and Toronto so you may be able to find one of their sofas available. This is CB2’s movie sofa.

The movie sofa from CB2, $1399 Canadian plus shipping.

The movie sofa from CB2, $1399 Canadian plus shipping.

And CB2’s parlour sofa,

CB2's parlour sofa available in lots of colours - $1699 Canadian plus tax.

CB2’s parlour sofa available in lots of colours – $1699 Canadian plus tax.

The Crosby love seat below is a nice size for a smaller space, from West Elm.

The Crosby loveseat from West Elm, $1499 plus shipping.

The Crosby loveseat from West Elm, $1499 plus shipping.

This style is from Bouclair’s Atelier line of furniture in soft velvet.

Bouclair Home Atelier line of furniture makes this retro 3 seater in velvet, priced at $999.

Bouclair Home Atelier line of furniture makes this retro 3 seater in velvet, priced at only $999.

This sectional can be shipped internationally for a price. It is the Luna sectional from True Modern.

True Modern's Luna sectional is nice but is pricey with a total price of around $4500 including tax, shipping and duty.

True Modern’s Luna sectional is nice but is pricey with a total price of around $4500 including tax, shipping and duty.

And one of my favorites, the Canadian made Hudson sofa from The Bay.

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Hudson Bay’s Hudson sofa, currently on sale for half price for $999.

Although there are some nice mid century styled sofas and sectionals available that I would happily put in my future living room, I think I like the idea of bringing my thrifted vintage sofa and chair out from the basement and giving them a new look.

UPDATE: I will be taking some photos of the reupholstering process and of course the before and afters in a new post coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. We have not had great success with EQ3 either in Iqaluit or in Essex.

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