We Reviewed West Elm's Sofas IRL. These Are the Most Comfortable

We Reviewed West Elm's Sofas IRL. These Are the Most Comfortable

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Arlyn Hernandez
Feb 6, 2017
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Furniture shopping can be frustrating; there are so many options to see online (many that look like serious contenders), but you can't always get to a brick-and-mortar store to test them out yourself so you're forced to enter that scary, unknown territory of "blindly" making a serious purchase. How does so-and-so sofa sit? Is it as soft as it looks? Will it be deep enough for impromptu naps (or guests?). Fear not, because we did the research for you!

Five editors tested 15 West Elm sofas, ticking away at criteria that rated sit, depth, softness, height, napability (a word we created for our tests) and overall comfort, all of which were tallied and averaged across the board. You'll also find initial thoughts and reactions from the testers to give you even more insight into each seat.

A little info about West Elm:

Really stylish, fashion-forward decor mixed with not-so-scary price points makes West Elm a wonderful design resource; their furniture is great for small spaces with their low profiles and tailored silhouettes. You'll get a mix of aesthetics—from mid-century/retro to glam and flirty to streamlined and modern—so there's something for everyone. In recent years, they've expanded the size offerings of their best-sellers, so whether you're working with a compact studio or a lofty living room, chances are, there's a size that'll be right for you.

The Sofas

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Eddy Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $799-$899
  • Available sizes: 74"w x 34.5"d x 33"h / 82"w x 34.25"d x 33"h
  • Available colors: 4 quick-ship upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in a loveseat and chaise sectional

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This was way firmer than I thought at first glance and has a very narrow seat." - Arlyn Hernandez

→ "Firm, but I felt supported so I didn't mind it. I wouldn't lounge on this all day, but feels good for a party; easy to get on and off of." - Nora Taylor


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Paidge Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,099-$1,799
  • Available sizes: 72.5"w x 38"d x 34.5"h / 86.5"w x 40.5"d x 34.5"h
  • Available colors: 1 quick-ship upholstery option, 110 special order upholstery options, 4 leg shape/wood stain options
  • Additional notes: Available in poly-fill or down blend fill / Also available in a sleeper, 2-piece chaise sectional, Build Your Own sectional pieces, armchair

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This is a perfectly fine sofa, but I felt the frame on the edge of the seat, which I didn't love." - Tara Bellucci

→ "I really liked the fabric on the Paidge; it's a sofa I'd consider purchasing for my own home." - Nora Taylor


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Hamilton Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,099-$1,699 (upholstery) / $2,799 (leather)
  • Available size: 81"w x 36"d x 31.5"h
  • Available colors: 3 quick-ship leather options / 103 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in a 2-piece chaise sectional

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "Even though three cushions tend to work better for bigger households, I'm a two-cushion girl, both for personal comfort and aesthetics." - Arlyn Hernandez

→ "The back on this was too low for my liking, but I could see that being an asset in a smaller space where you want to keep your furniture low profile." - Tara Bellucci


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Antwerp Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,199-$1,899
  • Available sizes: 76"w x 35.5"d x 32"h / 89"w x 35.5"d x 32"h
  • Available colors: 3 quick-ship upholstery options, 102 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in a loveseat and armchair

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This was really comfortable. I'd buy it!" - Brittney Morgan

→ "It's a small complaint, but the arms were kind of pointy on this." - Tara Bellucci

→ "This was perfect for me—a great sofa for a tall person like myself. It had good depth and was easy to stand up from." - Nora Taylor


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Shelter Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,299-$1,899
  • Available sizes: 72"w x 38.5"d x 30"h / 84.25"w x 39"d x 30"h / 92"w x 39.5"d x 30"h
  • Available colors: 3 quick-ship upholstery options, 105 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in a sleeper, 2-piece terminal chaise sectional, swivel chair and loveseat

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "The Shelter has the best balance to me between looks and comfort—I liked the sleek silhouette and how modern the one cushion looks. Plus, it was really comfortable." - Arlyn Hernandez

→ "It could be softer for my own personal preference, but it's certainly wide enough to take a serious nap on." - Nora Taylor

→ "This was super comfy! I'd only deduct a few points for the textured material which is a little scratchy (though looks great)." - Katie Holdefehr


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Urban Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $1,399-$1,999 (upholstery) / $1,999 (84.5"w leather)
  • Available sizes: 73"w x 39"d x 31"h (upholstery only) / 84.5"w x 39"d x 31"h / 93.5"w x 39"d x 31"h (upholstery only)
  • Available colors: 1 leather option (84.5"w only) / 3 quick-ship upholstery options, 94 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in a sleeper, 2-piece chaise sectional, 4-piece chaise sectional

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "Yes! I love this sofa. I see myself Netflixing all day on it." - Brittney Morgan

→ "Okay, this might sound nuts, but this was too soft for me. I don't have the best back, so I need something with a little more support." - Arlyn Hernandez

→ "Nice and deep, which works great for my long legs." - Nora Taylor

→ "This is one you can definitely cocoon into and I also love the shape for maximum napping." - Katie Holdefehr


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Lola Tufted Sofa

The Specs

  • Price: $1,299
  • Available size: 76.4"w x 34.7"d x 29.9"h
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship options

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "For something so tailored, this was pretty comfortable." - Tara Bellucci

→ "It felt more like a loveseat, but probably a good size for a small space, though it was gorgeous." - Arlyn Hernandez

→ "The design almost makes up for what it lacks in comfort, but not cozy enough for an everyday sofa." - Katie Holdefehr


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Esme Sofa

The Specs

  • Price: $999
  • Available size: 74.8"w x 35"d x 30"h
  • Available colors: 3 upholstery options

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "This was really gorgeous but felt kind of sinky in the middle." - Tara Bellucci

→ "Probably one of my favorite silhouettes at West Elm, but rather small (which makes it a good stylish option for a studio or small home." - Arlyn Hernandez

→ "Pretty design—it's sleek and modern and much comfier than it looks. The velvet is lush and cozy." - Katie Holdefehr


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Dekalb Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $2,499-$2,899 (leather) / $1,249-$1,549 (85"w upholstery)
  • Available sizes: 72.5"w x 38"d x 33"h (leather only) / 85"w x 38"d x 33"h / 99"w x 38"d x 33"h (leather only)
  • Available colors: 1 leather option / 83 upholstery options (85"w only)

The Ratings

Testers' Thoughts

→ "Leather sofas are great for their durability, but they're not always super stylish. The color options on this are warm and fashion-forward, plus it's insanely comfortable." - Arlyn Hernandez

→ "Great mid-century-esque stylish but very cushy. I also love the inside-facing arms; their like an additional pillow for naps." - Tara Bellucci

→ "The leather is beautiful! It's buttery." - Katie Holdefehr


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Andes Sofa

The Specs

  • Price: $1,299
  • Available size: 76.5"w x 40"d x 32"h
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship upholstery options, 106 special order upholstery options, 2 leg color options
  • Additional notes: Also available in a 3-piece chaise sectional, terminal chaise sectional, 3-piece sectional, L-shaped sectional, 4-piece chaise sectional, Build Your Own sectional pieces and ottoman

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "The back is pretty upright, but it was just deep enough and firm enough to be comfortable to me." - Brittney Morgan

→ "Sleek, modern and pretty deep for my 5'3" frame." - Arlyn Hernandez


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Henry Deluxe Sleeper Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $2,899-$3,399
  • Available size: 72"w x 40"d x 33.75"h
  • Available colors: 1 quick-ship upholstery options, 83 special order upholstery options

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "The stock fabric is super soft." - Brittney Morgan

→ "A friend of mine has this sofa, so I've road tested it a bunch; it's comfortable and keeps its shape. A little boring in terms of looks, but a solid sofa." - Tara Bellucci


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Henry 2-Piece Sleeper Sectional w/ Storage

The Specs

  • Price: $2,898
  • Available size: 107"w x 62.5"d x 34.5"h
  • Available colors: 2 quick-ship upholstery option

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "I like the chaise for lounging (plus the hidden storage), but it didn't impress me." - Brittney Morgan

→ "The cushions are a sweet spot for soft-firmness." - Nora Taylor


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Brooklyn Leather Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $2,199-$2,799
  • Available sizes: 66.5"w x 35.5"d x 30"h / 81"w x 35.5"d x 30"h
  • Available colors: 3 quick-ship leather options

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "A little too small to sprawl out on but overall, really comfortable." - Brittney Morgan

→ "The legs on this sofa are so unique, but it's a little firm for me." - Tara Bellucci

→"I know it's leather, but it was so slippery!" - Nora Taylor


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Peggy Mid-Century Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $999-$1,799
  • Available sizes: 64.5"w x 35.5"d x 34"h / 79.5"w x 35.5"d x 34"h / 85.5"w x 35.5"d x 34"h
  • Available colors: 3 quick-ship upholstery options, 97 special order upholstery options *(not all colors available in all sizes)
  • Additional notes: Also available in terminal chaise sectional, chaise sectional, loveseat, L-shaped sectional, sectional, Build Your Own sectional pieces, Build Your Own banquette, and armchair

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "I tested the version with the chaise lounge, which is always a plus for lounging, but without it, it just isn't deep enough for me." - Arlyn Hernandez

→ "Honestly, it was too firm and not very cozy." - Brittney Morgan


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Retro Tillary Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): $999-$1,249
  • Available size: 77"w x 38"d x 27.5"h
  • Available colors: 1 quick-ship upholstery option, 20 special order upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Also available in 6-piece sectional, Build Your Own sectional pieces, bench, 8-piece sectional,2-piece sectional, ottoman

The Rating

Testers' Thoughts

→ "The material was way too scratchy, and would be more comfortable with something softer." - Brittney Morgan

→ "You can sit cross-legged on it, which I like!" - Tara Bellucci

→ "Pretty deep for such a small sofa, but also pretty firm." - Arlyn Hernandez


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