As Apartment Therapy reader LilyC commented on Good Questions: Deep Sofa for Tall Folks?, "comfort is in the rear of the beholder." My sentiments exactly.
Your height and the length of your legs matter, as does the amount of, ahem, padding you have on your backside. For some, a comfortable couch is one that you sink into, a place where lounging evolves easily into sleeping. For others, a comfortable couch is one with a bit of structure and support. But in a review of Apartment Therapy posts on sofas and couches, a handful of winners do emerge. I have also thrown in a few from my own personal experience, both in my own home and on floor models in area stores.
• 1 Lounge from Crate & Barrel. $1,449+. Very deep and very squishy without being saggy, the Lounge is the kind of couch on which you can watch 4 seasons of The Sopranos without a break. I practically fell asleep on the floor model today when I did my test-drive at the store.
• 2 Couchoid from Blu Dot, $1,179. Some people swear by this funky sofa. In answer to our post, Good Question: Is Blu Dot's Couchoid Comfortable? one reader commented that the low arms make it difficult to lean back so isn't a "sink-into-the-cushions" couch. But I know folks who have no problem chilling out on the hip-looking Couchoid.
• 3 Coussin by French designer Inga Sempé for Norwegian manufacturer L.K. Hjelle. I found this baby on My Modern Met Oh, my, does this sofa look amazing. I cannot track down a price but I fear the worst. The Coussin is like a bed with pillows from your head to your toes. If this were my couch I would watch a lot more TV.
• 4 Jasper by Room & Board, $1,399. Our post Room & Board Couch Round-Up: the Good, the Bad, and the Un-Comfy, garnered 46 comments, with very little consensus on the Jasper. Some folks claim it is the ultimate in lounging comfort; others say it is too upright and bouncy for serious laziness.
• 5 Axis from Crate & Barrel, $1,699. The salesperson at Crate & Barrel told me that the Axis and the Lounge (#1) are the store's bestsellers in the comfort category. And I must say, the Axis, especially the sectional, was indeed very deep and enveloping when I (literally) climbed into it.
• 6 Case Study from Modernica. $2,695. I have never sat on one of these couches but I have a friend who adores hers. Looks pretty upright and firm, though, so not for the lounger who likes to be engulfed by a couch.
• 7 Togo from Ligne Roset, $3,135. Here's a couch that makes a style statement but also gets rave reviews for being incredibly comfortable.
• 8 Gabriel II from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. I thought this was the best of the bunch at Mitchell Gold, though I haven't been to the store for a while. Would love some input on this and other couches from the store responsible for the book "Let's Get Comfortable."
• 9 Grand-scale roll arm from Restoration Hardware, $1245 – 3250. This is the couch we have in our "McMansion room," the uber-macho room on our top floor where my husband hunkers down to watch his 72-inch TV. He is 6'5 so this long and quite deep couch is ideal for extended (read: compulsive) TV viewing. I must say, it is a bit too big and sloppy for me. I think I prefer a little more structure.
• 10 Jackson from Room & Board, $1,899. Apartment Therapy readers are divided on the Jackson's comfort quotient. Some readers say it is just about as comfortable and cozy as a couch can get.
What is your favorite comfy couch? Did we miss any?