If you’ve ever bought a piece of furniture from IKEA, you well know that you get what you pay for. In my case—I bought a $100 white couch. I was so enamored by the price and cute style, that I didn’t ever check to see if there was a slip cover for it that I could replace or even wash for that matter. There wasn’t. And now, a few years later, well, let’s just say the couch isn’t really white anymore. I’ve scrubbed and scrubbed to get dirt off it, and the dirt just won’t budge. It’s time to buy another sofa—another cheap sofa. I’m pretty reluctant to take the IKEA route again, so I found what I think is a great and affordable alternative. MUJI is a Japanese-inspired store that I came across in New York. It features spare, modern designs in furniture, housewares and more. What I’m eyeing right now is the “Compact Sofa Light Grey,” which really looks more like a cream color. And it has a slipcover that you can remove and wash. The size is compact but perfect for two people and it has a sleek aesthetic. Price: $327.50. muji.us/store/furniture.
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