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?