Entry-level Sofa Woes
So, I bought a new home, my first, and have since been in the market for a new sofa to replace my futon which serves as my primary and only sitting area currently. Thanks to copious amounts for reading of this forum, I feel like I have a good idea of what to look for in a sofa. However, after visiting a number of furniture shops around Atlanta and checking out many online retailers, I've come to realize that certain trade offs will have to be made at my price point. Indeed, while $800-$1,200 can get you a nice looking sofa, it seems impossible to get a nice ~80" sofa that doesn't have some sort of flaw. To wit:
Troy sofa at C&B - http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=932&f=24283 - Flexator spring system
Ian sofa at Room & Board - http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/product/detail.do?productGroup=3001&catalog=filter&menuCatalog=room&menuSubcategory=201198 - Flexator spring system made by McCreary Modern - questionable build quality
Martin sofa from Rowe - http://www.rowefurniture.com/collections/sofas/martin/default.htm - questionable build quality from Rowe?
In short, is there any solution for getting a sofa for around $1,000 that both looks fairly modern and has the craftsmanship to last a while? I swung by the Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams store today and they have some very nice stuff, but it's all $1,500 and up. Depressing. All the real nice stuff at Pottery Barn, C&B and Room & Board appeared to be the same way. All the Lee Industries stuff seems to be well out of my price range as well.
Additionally, I've also been considering a sleeper and it seems as though the only ones that get consistently good reviews are the Comfort Sleepers, which are all $2,000 and up.
So I ask, are there any good, entry-level options that don't seem like a severe compromise? I can probably wait and scrape together more money to put towards this, but I am sick of having a futon for a couch, and it could be quite a while as I have several other items to purchase for my new home.