Never has the word “comfortable” had so much meaning as when discussing a couch. And for all you armchair quarterbacks out there, the comfortable couch is now a second home with the official kickoff of the NFL season yesterday! But what really is a comfortable couch? Is it one that can take a beating whenyou hit it if your favorite football team can’t seem to get past the first down? Is it a place to take a snooze after a long day at work? Perhaps even a place to help your children with their math homework? The answer could certainly be all of the above. However, a really comfortable couch is one that not only induces super laziness, but one that delicately balances structure and support to keep your legs and your, erm, backside at ease. With that being said, we’ve come up with a list of must-have couches from our experience that meet these specific standards. Give ‘em a try at home or at the store and let us know what you think.
Tailor Sofa from Crate & Barrel $1600+: This beautiful turquoise couch shows off a contemporary flair while subtly contouring to your shape. However, it is firm enough to keep you awake through the season finale of True Blood. Personally, we absolutely love the the metal button detalining on the arms, as well as base of the couch. Talk about a sleek, uber-cool retro finish.
Arosio’s Sliding Sleeper Sofa from Design Within Reach $3,500: The phrase “Made in Italy,” is usally followed by “ooo’s” and “aaaahs,’ as well as trepidation to view the price tag. However, we think brilliant designer, Peter Arosio’s Sliding Sleeper Sofa is a wonderful value. As far as safe posture is concerned, you can’t go wrong with this couch. The firm seat cushions and backrest provide ideal support for sitting and, oh yea, sleeping. Which brings us to our next point: this couch can almost magically transform into a super comfortable queen size bed. Kudos to Design Within Reach for selling a couch that makes it so easy to be lazy. The couch comes in red, charcoal and nude.
Ligne Roset’s Elysee $1900+: Ligne Roset is renowned for creating elegant, contemporary design, without sacrificing pure comfort. The Elysee is no exception. The compactness and streamlined shape are perfect for small spaces, such as city apartments. Ligne Roset’s intimate knowledge of multi-density foams has been taken up a notch with the Elysee. Overall, we think this is a super couch at a super value.
Ektorp Corner Sofa from Ikea $999: Ikea is synonymous with functionality and chic design. The Ektorp couch takes comfort to the next level. Polyester fibers in seat and back cushions ensure soft support. Plus, we love the corner sofa concept in a living space…it really helps open up a room!
Kensington Collection from Restoration Hardware $2460+: Don’t let the regal name and appearance fool you, this couch is great for the activities of the rest of us common folk! The down-blend fill makes for a wonderful all day lounging experience. This timeless piece is a must if you want beauty and functionality.
What do you look for when couch shopping?