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Should I Reupholster or Purchase New Furniture (Spoiler Alert: Buy A Barcelona Chair)

It is something that crosses our minds from time to time: Reupholster or buy brand new pieces?. Nevertheless, the rising evidence is each time more conclusive: Reupholster our furniture is more expensive than purchasing a new one, or it has a considerable price (So, the best option is to buy a brand new Barcelona Chair, and we’ll explain why).

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The Barcelona Chair

It’s true, reupholstering tends to be expensive, and sometimes can even be more expensive than buying an original piece. The main reason has to do with the manufacture/ craftsmanship process.

Automatized manufacture Vs Artisan processes 

Nowadays, most of the furniture is manufactured through industrial processes, at massive scales of output. This turns down sharply the costs per unit. On the other hand, to reupholster a single piece is a craftsmanship work, paid to an artisan. If the specific fabric is not easily available the cost of production will rise. That person should allocate resources for a single piece, and that always turns the upwards the costs. Let’s see with more detail:

  • Maybe the fabric or some supplies are out of the market or are not quickly available.
  • Maybe it will require the purchase of a large quantity of material, just to use a small amount of it. 
  • Besides, you will have to pay for the service of upholstery, a cost that sinks when it comes to automatized manufacture.
  • There are some complexities too, related to the world of upholstery that makes this like a craftsmanship work that requires expertise and experience. This skills are well rewarded.

For all this, upholstery has become something more related to unique pieces, expensive pieces that are originally manufactured through artisan processes, too.

The Market of Replicas: A combination of automatized and artisan processes

Additionally, the quality reached by some manufacturers, specially in the market of replicas, where automatized and manual processes are combined, has made almost not significant to use this kind of service for pieces that are at the same price,  or very near to the same price of a brand new replica. 

A very high quality piece of design, like the Barcelona Chair, for example, combines the industrial manufacture of its stainless steel chromed frame, with the manual, artisan process of sewing its leather into its support. The process is manual, but the scale of operations is big, and the costs for buyers are very much smaller. That’s why you can get a brand new piece of furniture for an affordable price, even comparing it with a reupholstering. 

In the Barcelona Collection, all leather used in each item (The Barcelona Chair, Barcelona Loveseat; and Barcelona Sofa; the Barcelona Ottoman and the Barcelona Bench and Daybed) is treated and sewed individually. That is the final seal in the look and feel of the pieces as a high quality design. 

You can trust in Manhattan Home Design, the specialized dealer in the market of Mid Century Modern Style furniture, with excellence products as the Barcelona Chair, and the Barcelona Collection, as the provider of furniture solutions for your home.

What are the dimensions of your Barcelona Sofa?

One of the main things you need to know when you are buying a piece of furniture is its dimensions. Let’s take a look why is that relevant, and which are actually the current dimensions of the Barcelona Sofa.

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Barcelona Sofa and Barcelona Chairs

A beautiful design by Mies van der Rohe and a well-executed rendering of the Barcelona Sofa will make a great impression in our Living Room, that’s for sure. But we should prevent some events to make our space really shine. 

To take the measurements of the room before we make any furniture purchase is definitely a must. Compare this info with the current measures of our sofa. We have to find out two things, for starters: Does our sofa really fits in our living?, and two: How I am going to assure that is correctly settled for people to use it and be comfortable with it?. 

Standard measures for sofas

Although there are countless models of sofas and sectionals in the market with different measures, there are some numbers useful to us, to keep in mind. On average, a normal sofa, like a Chesterfield of three seats has a back seat large of 78″, while an overall large of 86″.

The average height of 28″ and an overall width of 34″. Keep in mind that the overall large and overall width means the same, depending on the source.

Watching your room, keep in mind that is very common that the length of a sofa can be different from its back seat or from its backseat, or from its front. Sofas like the Chesterfield tend to be compressed in the back and wider in the front. 

The measures of the Barcelona Sofa

The dimensions of the Barcelona Sofa are the following:

  • Overall Height: 31.5″
  • Overall Large: 71″
  • Overall Depth: 29.5″
  • Seat Height: 31.5’’

Want to put your Barcelona Sofa over a base from a relatively weak material?. Keep in mind that it weighs 98 lbs.

Keeping a good social distance

No, this is not a note about COVID19, but about the necessary social distance between your furniture items and yourself, to feel comfortable getting in or out of them, or passing through them. One of the capital sins of decor is to overcrowding your space.

So, between your Barcelona Sofa, and any other object, let’s say for example a side table, it’s recommendable to keep one minimal distance. Aim to provide between 3.5′ and 10′ between seating options to help the conversation flow without crowding a room.

As you can see, checking the measures for an average sofa and the Barcelona Sofa, it’s relatively smaller and sleeker than an ordinary sofa. This means that a Barcelona Sofa is narrower but higher. This brings to the Barcelona Sofa a fit, sleeker look. That’s the reason it has such an elegant and distinctive appearance. The Barcelona Sofa is made for the relaxed conversation in a beautiful object, beyond the traditional idea of a place to take a snap in the afternoon. 

Go to Manhattan Home Design and let yourself be trapped in the comfort and magic of this wonderful piece of design. The Barcelona Sofa and all classic items of the Mid Century Modern period have the best quality replica of the market in Manhattan Home Design, for affordable prices. 

Barcelona Ottoman or Barcelona Bench? You call the shots

There are two furniture items that we usually put at the end of the bed: Ottomans, and Benches. At this particular point we maybe don’t differentiate it very well, but they have their differences and there is a lot we can get of each one. And very much more, when they are Barcelona Bench and Barcelona Ottoman.

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Ottomans are smaller and can be at the end of the bed or on one side. They have storage facilities, but they are mainly to rest your feet at one side of the bed when you wake up. some are more functional than others. On the other hand, a bench is a very versatile piece that works very well at the end of your bed. It has a storage surface and an extra comfort zone. 

What are the main differences between a Ottoman and a Bench?

Basically, its function: They can be very similar in appearance and design, but the Ottoman is smaller and will serve mainly to bring an elevated point of rest for your feet. On the other hand, the Bench may serve to have a seat for a while or to put some magazines while we are relaxing in the living room. Ottomans can be rounded, too. Benches are always squared.

How am I suppose to use my Barcelona Bench and my Barcelona Ottoman?

Both pieces are very useful and versatile. A Barcelona Ottoman is great in the living room at the feet of your favorite seat or sofa. Its beautiful design is splendid in a living room or a bedroom at the feet of the bed.

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A Barcelona Bench

Practical and comfortable, the Barcelona Bench is great for many purposes. At the feet of your bed is splendid to throw your personal belongings before going to bed and finally sink in your bed. In your living room, a Barcelona Bench provides you extra seating and extra comfort for these moments when more guests arrive. 

Lately, is a trend using your bench as a center table in your living room, getting the most of the portability and stability of many benches?

The Barcelona Bench has enough stability, beauty, and practicability.  But alone or combined, the Barcelona Bench and the Barcelona Ottoman are just great as decor elements and sidekicks in your daily living. Manhattan Home Designs will always provide you with the best replicas in the market for Mid Century Modern style pieces, like these masterpieces of design. 

How to place your Barcelona Sofa in your living room?

A sofa is one of the most important focal points, not only in your living room but in your whole house. It is a heavy investment, not only in the literal sense of the word but in the financial sense.

Barcelona Chair and Tulip Table
Barcelona Chairs

But if you make a smart decision (choosing the Barcelona Sofa, for example), you will be relieved at the moment you see your purchase properly settled in your home. 

What do you need to consider when you place your sofa?

The correct placement of the sofa on your floor has to do with your living room layout:

  • How are placed the other significant elements in the room?. 
  • Do you have a TV in your living room? A fireplace?
  • Where are located your windows and doors?

For many places, the location of the TV and/or the fireplace determines the rest of the placement of the furniture. A TV in the living room means that it shouldn’t receive natural light directly due to the annoying effects of the glare on the screen, so, the TV is generally placed laterally to the natural light source.

In consequence, is natural to put the sofa in front of the TV. In case you have a large living room, a good idea is to create two different (but not separated) spaces, with two different sets of furniture: One for watching TV with comfort, and the other more oriented to receive guests and have a nice chat.

In that case, you should play with the possibilities of using several styles and models of chairs or to present a more homogenous view with a collection. In cases like that, keep in mind that to rely on a valid furniture collection.

The Barcelona Collection is a very articulated and beautiful Mid Century Modern set for a living room. Excellence items like the Barcelona Sofa, the Barcelona Chair, and the Barcelona Loveseat can be used perfectly, both as individual pieces or as a collection to give a unified, solid view. 

How to place your Barcelona Chair and your Barcelona Sofa? 

The Barcelona Sofa and the Barcelona Chair, just like the rest of the elements of the series, share the same original concept: Its characteristic “X” shaped frame of stainless steel, and that comfortable, beautiful, black cushions.

These elements are present equally in all the items of the collection. Sleeker and elegant just like the trends, and with a sober design, and elegant lines, the Barcelona Sofa and the Barcelona Chair are ideal pieces for the chat corner. It’s black or white leather (most of the times)  upholstery invites you to relax but without losing any elegance, you can rely in the Barcelona Chair and the Barcelona Love seat as sidekicks that helps you with the different combinations of furniture according to the dimensions and availability of other different  focal points. 

Always remember the golden metrics of furniture separation

Distance between seating furniture: Aim to provide between 3.5′ and 10′ between seating options to help the conversation flow without crowding a room.

A Barcelona Sofa has the elements to make you feel relaxed but beautiful in your own living room. Trust in Manhattan Home Design to experience the great feeling of a great piece of design. 

Many options in relaxing, but only one Barcelona Daybed

A Barcelona Daybed

Have you ever checked the great variety of options available in daily relaxation? The options are almost countless: Sofa beds, futons, daybeds, benches, trundle beds, and so on. Though we know that there is only one Barcelona Daybed, let’s take a look at all the different possibilities of relaxing outside our own bed that make us dream.

Let’s keep in mind what all the pieces of furniture that we will review have in common: They’re made to bring you relaxation and sleep outside your bedroom, without going to your bed.

Sofa beds

A sofa bed is a classic option that always is present. The main feature with a sofa bed has to do with its dynamic function. It will change from a full seating solution, to a total or partial relaxing one . One sofa, like the LC5 will change almost effortlessly to a bed with a little movement of cushions. On the other hand, most of sectionals are indeed a daily bed in its longer seat. Sofa beds and sectionals have always elegant and functional designs, and they always will have demand from the big public. A very related item, the futon differentiates the sofa due to its rolled cushion, that can be used anytime, to unfold the daily bed. 


The traditional bench is one of the most simple and comfortable pieces of furniture ever created. It has a storage surface and a relaxing and sitting surface that can add several extra seats at certains spots of a big house; whether below a big window, or in the middle of a large hall.

Trundle Beds

Trundle Beds are a convenient item to keep. A portable bed that you can fold and roll in its own casters, from any place, to below your bed or sofa bed. 


Modern Daybeds, like the Barcelona Daybed, combine in the same item the advantages of a twin size bed and a sofa, looking to provide us the best of both worlds. Generally, with a three-sided frame and a twin side mattress to display in almost any place, a modern daybed has the ability to be outdoor/indoor without too much effort. If you have a big area to fill, and big desires of relaxation, this could be the one for you. 

The Barcelona Daybed

And finally, a Barcelona Daybed has the ability to combine a great amount of the features of the items mentioned before. The Barcelona Daybed has an ash wood platform elicited from the Barcelona Bench. Its body, nevertheless, is more alike to a twin bed, but it has a more refined, sober design. And due to its light design, is almost as portable as any other solution, to be relocated to any place in the house. A Barcelona Daybed, different from a regular daybed, will barely overcrowd a room, and always will bring its timeless comfort zone of relaxation. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a great exponent of the Mid Century Modern Style, the Barcelona Daybed is somehow a confluence of several virtues of the different alternatives in relaxation available today. 

Don’t lose the opportunity to enjoy the Barcelona Daybed in Manhattan Home Design, where authentic enthusiasts of Mid Century Modern style are always satisfied to obtain the best quality replicas alternatives for the most affordable prices. 

The Barcelona Chair Replica, the best-kept secret from experimented lessers

In the market of Real Estate, is very well known that a floor with good decor, tasteful and elegant, sells and rents better than a naked, poorly furnished floor. That is why you will always see beautiful and shiny decors whenever you visit a good space for rent (And sometimes even over-the-top, overcharged rooms). 

Of course, we all enjoy a beautiful, functional, and trendy flat for rent. But if we want to do it only with original pieces that maybe result in a little expensive for the lesser. Does space justify that amount?

To display flat with a proper decor is always a good investment. But it can be made wisely, and this is the moment when the Barcelona Chair Replica comes in. Well experimented owners know that replicas are a great tool to exploit the potential of your room without excessive investment.

A well placed Barcelona Chair, as an accent chair, or aligned in a living room set as a part of the Barcelona Collection is an elegant and beautiful way to create a great space that will make your flat trendy and worthy, too. 
Don’t miss the opportunity, and go to Barcelona Designs, where you can get the best quality replicas of the Barcelona Chair, and the Barcelona Collection, for an affordable price. 

Why a Barcelona Chair Replica?

In furniture, a replica is an exact rendering of a design piece, by a manufacturer different than the original. This reproduction has to meet the original standards of the first design, not only in its aesthetics but in its functionality. 

A Barcelona Chair Replica, to be considered like that, not only must look like the original, but it has to feel the same and its quality standard should last for years, just like the original piece. But if a replica is almost an exact copy of the original piece, what’s the difference between purchasing a replica and original? 

Price. Replicas manufacturers don’t pay for original license or brand copyrights for the exclusive use of the brand, logo, and other marketing tools. But aside from the important price factor, there are other advantages to take into consideration.

Use your Barcelona Chair as a “proxy” A replica may tell you accurately is this piece is made for your space. Do you like a certain piece of furniture but you don’t want to spend a great amount of your budget? Still not sure if this piece really fir in your place?. Try a good quality replica.

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The Barcelona Chair, the Platonic Ideal of a Chair

The Barcelona Chair is definitely one of the most beautiful modern chairs ever made. Its iconic silhouette and black upholstered cushions are in the golden pages of architecture and interior design enthusiasts all over the world. This sense of admiration is well expressed by critics and writers around the world, just like the great American author Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, one of the greatest American novelists, with remembered pieces like The bonfire of the vanities, or A man on his full, has been described sometimes like the crooner of the high class American society. About the Barcelona Chair, he stated that the Barcelona Chair was the “platonical ideal of a chair”, and emphasized how it was necessary for the students of architecture to save enough to posses the original version of this piece. 

In philosophy, platonic means the quintessential thing, the model that holds the essential elements that every subject in the real world must-have. And, somehow, it’s true. The Barcelona Chair has the main elements that any chair should have: Functionality, beauty, and quality. Is a chair to enjoy and experience in the long term.

If you don’t want to lose the opportunity of enjoying a great chair, go to Barcelona Designs, where the best replicas of the Mid Century Modern chairs are rendered with total commitment to the author indications, just like a platonic chair should be. 

What’s the difference between the Barcelona Chair and the Mies van der Rohe Chair?

If you are an enthusiast of Mid Century Modern Style, you will be at some point interested in the Barcelona Collection, and you know that the Barcelona Chair is a fundamental element of the collection. 

Actually, the Barcelona Chair is the element that holds all the collection together. Its iconic “X” frame and its comfortable leather cushions are reproduced in the other elements, like the Barcelona Loveseat, and the Barcelona Sofa. This brings a great coherence to the collection, to use it as a group or individually in any decor. 

But sometimes you can find on the web the expression “Mies van der Rohe Chair”. What does it name?. Well, the Mies van der It’s essentially the same as the Barcelona Chair. The Barcelona Chair was created by Mies van der Rohe in 1929 as a main element of the Barcelona Collection in the International Exposition of Barcelona. Is used that people and the industry itself tend to name products by their original Designer. For example, the Tulip Table, a worldwide icon of Mid Century Modern style is often called Saarinen Table, in reference to it’s original creator, Eero Saarinen. In this case, the Mies van der Rohe chair is just like the Barcelona Chair. 

Don’t lose your opportunity to experience the Mies van der Rohe Chair in Barcelona Designs, the best replica store in Mid Century Modern Style. 

The Barcelona Daybed: Where and when to use it

Elegant, of a clean-cut and a stylish silhouette, the Barcelona Daybed is a privilege reserved to those who appreciate comfort and class. Maybe you are interested in this marvelous piece of design while having some doubts about the best way to get the most of it.

Great in great spaces, great decor

The Barcelona Daybed, rendering its name is a beautiful piece of furniture to relax and to enjoy. It has a clean-cut line, ending in a characteristic rounded bolster. Its design invites us to feel free and look on the horizon while we rest. 

Large halls, great living rooms, wide bathrooms are ideal spaces for the Barcelona Daybed. Below a wide window, it creates a very nice effect of freedom and relaxation, without; offering extra seats without overcrowding the room. 

Crafted in fine Aniline leather, the Barcelona Daybed looks its royal charm mostly in classic white or black. Its solid and elegant presence can be complemented with throws or cushions of color to complement your space. Its discrete but noticeable presence is excellent too as a tool to bring clarity in a dark space (using your white Barcelona Daybed), or making a solid statement in clear, white space (using your black Barcelona Daybed).

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this wonderful collection piece, go to Barcelona Designs to get an affordable high-quality rendering of this classic.