Why the Article Sven Sofa is perfect for LIVING in your living room. From movie and game nights, to cuddling, napping, and playing, this sofa has been through it all with us. Here’s why we love it so much after 2+ years.
This post is written in partnership with Article furniture. All opinions are my own.
On Sunday, Michael and I realized this is our 3rd Christmas in this house. We moved into the house in August a little over 2 years ago, and it’s been SUCH a good fit for us in so many ways. We love our neighborhood, our schools, and our community, and feel SO happy to be where we are.
During our years of living in apartments and then a rental, we always had restrictions on our decorating. First, it was budget (we were college students when we got married, then had kids young, and then Michael went back to grad school). Then, it was landlord restrictions (no painting or remodeling allowed!), so things like carpet, cabinets, and paint colors weren’t ever up to us.
As this house was being finished, we both looked forward to getting to live somewhere that felt like US. We envisioned lots of the big things, from paint colors and flooring, to cabinets and shutters, to landscaping and the exterior. But just as important was a house we felt we could really LIVE in.
One of my big design rules is that our house has to be kid-friendly and family friendly. I don’t want to spend my time trying to keep everyone off the furniture, or have my heart broken if a stuffed animal goes flying or tiny hands touch something.
That said, I ALSO really want to bring in pieces that feel pretty, functional AND durable, and sometimes it seems you have to choose between looks and function. That is, until I found my dream sofa…
My Dream Sofa: The Sven Sofa from Article.
If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest or Instagram looking at couches or living rooms, you’ve probably seen the Sven sofa from Article. It’s the internet’s favorite couch. It’s shown up in celebrity homes and humble homes. I’ve spotted it in apartments, offices, hotels, and studios.
The classic, modern design and gorgeous finish selections–from the tan leather of our sofa, to the gorgeous warm grey of our birch ivory loveseat, to beautiful rich greens, blues, and more, it’s one of those magic pieces that can blend in just about anywhere.
We’ve owned the Sven Charme Tan leather sofa for a little over 2 years and still LOVE it. It’s the landing place for everyone in the house and the centerpiece of our open living room and kitchen area. It’s the perfect sofa for living in your living room, not just using it for decoration, or grown-ups only. It checks off all my design boxes, and it’s truly a family couch. Here’s why:
Why the Sven Sofa is Perfect for LIVING in Your Living Room:
A Modern & Classic Design
The first thing I was drawn to with the Sven sofa was the design. The cozy back cushions, arm bolsters, and tufted seat (with no buttons kids/pets could pull off!) are GORGEOUS. It comes in leather, fabric, and velvet options, and the shape is flexible enough to work its way into all types of different decor. It’s a perfect blank slate for different design styles:
- Modern farmhouse decor with cozy quilts and squashy pillows
- Fresh, bright minimalist rooms with clean lines and no extra frills
- Mid-century modern homes with retro pillows and vintage accessories
- Classic decor with timeless rugs and linens
- Fun, bright studios with bold pillows and big pops of color in the room
- And so many more. (Seriously–search #svensofa on Instagram and you’ll be amazed by how many ways people have styled this sofa!)
This is a COMFY couch. My biggest worry was that it wouldn’t be very cushy or comfortable, and I couldn’t have been happier when it arrived. The back cushions are very soft and comfortable and the tufted seat cushion is perfect. It’s comfortable while still having enough structure to provide support.
The seat is a bit deep–perfect for our family who likes tucking their legs up during movies and snuggling in, and great for a tall husband with long legs. For shorter folks or those who like sitting more upright, the addition of some throw pillows gives exactly the back support you need.
It’s the perfect sofa to grow with a family
We’re past the bottles and diapers stage, but this sofa has definitely been part of our family life. We LIVE in our living room, and it’s been with us through it all. It’s been the centerpiece of family games and countless movie nights, and endured races, hide-and-seek, and playful (and less playful) sibling wrestling matches. It’s been a fixture in after-dinner dance parties (you should see Milo’s moves!) and sick days. We’ve entertained company and crashed on it for a nap. It can do it all.
Durability – It’s held up ALL along the way.
I was ready to invest in a leather sofa because I was wanted something that would age well (leather is known for aging beautifully). Our Sven Charme Tan leather sofa is 2 years old now and, honestly, it looks practically brand-new. We don’t play it safe around the sofa; we haven’t covered it with anything, and other than not eating goopy/wet snacks on it, we don’t give it any special treatment. The few times there has been a spill, some quick attention with a microfiber cloth has been enough to take care of things, though you *can* use a leather cleaner if you’re so inclined. (We haven’t yet.)
Leather vs. Fabric: Our Experience
We bought our leather Sven Charme Tan Sofa over 2 years ago, and it looks basically brand new. I love the natural patina that comes with leather. It’s got its own natural grain with color variation and creases that help it to continue to look beautiful even after some natural wear and time. (See: sibling wrestling matches above)
We loved our leather sofa so much, we started looking at getting a fabric loveseat to go with it and knew we wanted to stick with Article’s Sven collection. I debated getting the matching Sven Charme Tan Loveseat or to go with it, or opting for a fabric one for a bit more visual interest.
Article sent us this birch ivory fabric loveseat last month, and we have absolutely LOVED it. The light, warm grey color can pair with so many color schemes (it looks darling with bold holiday pillows, soft neutrals, warm pastels, etc.). It’s GORGEOUS, and I’ve been so impressed with the construction and quality. I love the texture of the fabric, which feels more resilient than so many other sofas we’ve looked at.
Visually, I love the interest of pairing a fabric sofa and a leather sofa. I love the color of the tan leather paired with the warm, soft grey. We love it SO much we’re looking at the gorgeous armchairs to complete the look. I can’t say enough great things about it!
Practical Reasons to Love the Sven Sofa–Price & Value
If all those reasons weren’t enough, it’s also perfect from a practical standpoint:
EASY Shopping – Article has a beautifully curated selection of furniture that prioritizes quality design delivered at a great value. I love that I get to shop online instead of dragging kids with me from store to store. PLUS, their return policy is great, so if you do find you want to exchange (for FREE!) or return something, they’ve made it easy for you.
Incomparable Value – I searched in all different price points for leather sofas, and I didn’t find anything that had better reviews (4.8/5 stars and 2900+ reviews!) AND this affordable price point, while still delivering on quality. Since Article cuts out the showroom, there’s no extra mark-up, so you get a great value when buying the sofa. Plus, you get scheduled delivery (and my delivery window has always been just 2 hours instead of all day, like some other companies).
If you’re in the market, I really can’t say enough wonderful things about the Sven Collection from Article. They’re the perfect pieces to feel like home.