What do they say it takes to make something a trend? Seeing the idea three times? Four? Well, I’ve been seeing a design cropping up just about everywhere of late – including on the cover story for the new Spring issue of Domino Magazine.

Enter the built-in sofa.

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While the built-in definitely has a 70’s throwback vibe, when done right the look feels fresh, modern, and seriously chic. And some of my favorite interior design crushes are doing it oh so right right now.

Take the LA home of Garance Doré, about to grace the cover of Domino Mag. Designer Sarah Sherman Samuel flanked a minimalist fireplace with not one, but two custom built-in sofas complete with gorgeous curved arms and soft pink linen upholstery. It feels a touch Moroccan, but also has beautiful casually elevated vibe.

Idea to Steal: Built-In Sofas on apartment 34

The built-in sofa is a perfect solution for a lounge-y room – think a TV room or play space. A wraparound version like the one above feels super cozy and inviting.

Idea to Steal: Built-In Sofas on apartment 34

I’m obsessed with this built-in example. Another piece of design by Sarah Sherman Samuel, this time for the home of Mandy Moore, this couch a) has gorgeous upholstery, but what I really love is the function of the built-in side table separating the two cushions.

Combined with the recessed bookshelves (another favorite design idea I actually used in the Sunset Idea House all those years ago), it feels like the built-in sofa was integrated into the original construction. It takes what would otherwise be a pass-through space and turns into a spot you actually want to stop in and stay awhile.

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While a built-in sofa has a decidedly relaxed vibe, they don’t have to look like you’re in Morocco or Ibiza. Wood framed designs (vs. plaster or those painted white) offer a warmer, less tropical vibe.

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Now a built-in sofa certainly isn’t for the commitment-phobe. You have to really love your design and not be a serial changer of well, everything, such as myself. Hence why I don’t have any builtins in #thisoldvictorian, but I’ve certainly considered it. Our media room would have been an awesome spot for one. And who knows, maybe that’ll be my next update!

What do you think? Would you be brave enough to put a built-in sofa in your house?

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