ikea vs. crate barrel sofa bed — which to buy?

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So we-are-this-close to closing on our tiny upstate cottage. Between that and the wedding plans, our spending money is just about wiped out. But there a few a necessities that we have planned to get so we can start enjoying the place right away. Namely, a bed for us, and a sofa-bed for guests. Since the house in a rural setting, we’re going to embrace the country-feel and move away from the clean modern lines we have in our NYC apartment. We’ve been eyeing these two Shabby Chic knocks-offs at Ikea and Crate & Barrel. Their lines are nearly the same, but the Ikea one is about $1,000 cheaper. Now, I realize that a sofa is ONE thing in a home worthy of splurge, but I just can’t wrap my head around it right now. Will we regret going with the cheaper Ikea version and saving money? We won’t be there full time, so it’s not like it’s going to get a ton of action. And, we could always order a new slip cover to change the look of it. Do any of you have Ikea sofa beds? What’s your experience with them? — Angela M.


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