Good Questions: CB2 Sofa test?

Good Questions: CB2 Sofa test?

Feb 12, 2007

We got a good question from Mikey:

Hello AT,
I found a couch that I really like online from CB2. It's the "black jack" sectional. The problem is, how do I test it out? Without actually sitting on it? Is there anyone out there in Chicago that can go to the store and sit on it for me and give me their feedback?

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Hi Mikey, deciding to buy something you haven't seen is always a risk. Lucky for you though, we just so happen to have our sister site in Chicago, home of CB2! We contacted AT:Chicago editor Janel, and asked her if she might be able to give us a first hand review when she got the chance. Over the weekend we got the scoop:

"Good news: It looks good, is very compact, and has a sort of cool '70's feel, thanks to its very geometric lines. The fact that it sits directly on the floor – it doesn't have legs to raise it up - gives it a grounded look that seems sort of retro and different from many other styles these days.

Not so good news: It isn't the comfiest sofa in the store – something about the extreme vertical angle of the back cushion in combo with the depth of the seat cushion forces you to sit up very straight. The foam doesn't have much give and the upholstery is very, very casual – like a black twill or denim.

An alternative: It's a very different looking sectional, but we wanted some comparison, so we tried out the Annex. It was much more comfortable for starters – by quite a bit. We think it may even be the same type of foam as the Black Jack, but the design of the sofa and cushions just made for a more relaxed sitting position. The upholstery was much more cozy and luxe – it's got some softness and texture. It comes in a dark grey called slate that we think would work wherever the black would with out being as flat. It also has a corner piece and armless chairs, like the Black Jack, so it could work in a similar way, but it doesn't have the ottoman option.

I'd say if you have a very casual room and want something compact that has a unique, slightly retro modern look, then the Black Jack is a good find. If you are also hoping for lots of comfort, this may not be the sectional to go with. The Annex is priced a bit higher and is slightly more standard in it's design, but has a much higher level of cozy and looks more high-end."

We hope this helps! Has anyone else had any experience with this sofa?

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