The design-trend pendulum began to quietly shift a few years ago, Francis says, who run consultancy Penelope Francis & Co. And now more people are moving from the rigidity of sofas made popular by modern and mid-century design to deeper-seated pieces that offer a more luxury feel.
“I like to compare a deeper sofa seat to a roomy, upper-class seat on a flight,” adds Francis. “I always encourage clients to buy a sofa with a deeper seat. Just like that business class seat, they really are more comfortable.”
What makes a deep sofa?
Seat depth is one of the most important things you should pay attention to when it comes to finding the right sofa.
“The average seat depth is around 28-32" and anything over 34" is considered deep-seated,” says Andra DelMonico, a home design expert from Next Luxury.
“Sofas with shallow seats are best for those that prefer to sit upright. Deeper seated sofas are better for when you want to lounge out or curl up,” she adds. “Since most of us prefer to lounge while binging our favorite show, deep-seated sofas are growing in popularity.”
“Deep-seated sofas are the perfect "all-in-one" alternative to the standard-depth sofa, chaise lounge, or pudgy ottomans - especially in smaller living rooms and studio apartments where you are limited on space,” adds Sydney Peña, interior designer and owner of Sydney Joy Studio.
If you’re searching for a new deep-seated sofa, look no further. Here’s a roundup of 14 of the best available right now…
14 Deep Seat Sofas Perfect for Cozy Evenings and TV Binges
Price: Starting at ~ $1,600
One of Anthropologie’s top-rated pieces, the Bowen is a cozy, low-profile, and deep-seated sofa with a clean, minimalist vibe. It comes in three lengths 71”, 81”, and 91” and has a depth of 35”. It’s also available in a wide variety of fabric styles and colors with a choice of four legs styles too.
This sofa is handcrafted in the USA, with a Kiln-dried, laminated hardwood frame and in each cushion, spring coils are encased in high-resiliency foam ensuring a supportive and comfortable seat with a plush, relaxed silhouette.
Brand: Maiden Home
Price: Starting at ~ $2,325
The Warren is super customizable with choices 8 width choices ranging from 60" to 100" and more than 55 fabric or leather options. It's deep, 39" seats are perfect for movie nights and its stylish design will look at home in almost any living space.
Every Maiden Home piece is handmade in the North Carolina region (North Carolina and Virginia), home to the world’s most skilled furniture craftsmen. Each Warren sofa is made to order, using techniques that have been passed down through generations, cut-no-corners construction and premium materials.
Brand: Benchmade Modern
Depth: 40” or 43"
Price: Starting at ~ $3,027
BenchMade Modern specializes in high-end, custom-made sofas, and if you're looking for a deep-seated sofa the Couch Potato is perfect. It comes with your choice of super deep 40" or 43" seats and has plenty of other customizable options including your choice of fabrics and leathers, cushion type and leg finish.
Each BenchMade Modern sofa is handmade in the USA and its frame comes with a lifetime warranty. The Couch Potato is available in a wide range of configurations including a loveseat, chair, sectional and chaise.
With its unique mismatched look, this sofa will add modern vibes to any living space. The Blaine’s modular design gives it flexibility and it can be used as either two loveseats of one extra-long sofa.
It features premium pet- and family-friendly fabric and its back cushions are made from matching fabrics but designed in contrasting styles. The solid oak tapered legs provide a Scandinavian, modern feel and this sofa is finished with two bolster pillows.
This might just be the perfect sofa for snuggling up and binging your favorite shows. It’s corduroy look make it seem super and the seat depth of 46” makes it extremely cozy. Couple it with a blanket and a hot cup of cocoa and you might never want to leave.
“This wide sofa is low to the ground, has extra plush cushions, a deep seat, and comes in four beautiful colors,” says Next Luxury’s home expert DelMonico. “It’s perfect because it’s easy to care for, and the chaise is reversible, making it easy to add to your lived-in home.”
This deep seat sofa has a casual-yet-formal appeal. Design to work just as well in smaller, intimate spaces as large ones, this sofa is part of Canadian designer Christiane Lemieux’s first Lemieux et Cie Renan collection dedicated to artisanal modernism.
With a depth of 41” this roomy sofa comes with two throw and two bolster pillows for added comfort and its three back cushions provide the cozy support needed for everyday seating.
Price: From $2,495
This deep seat sectional sofa was designed to deliver maximum comfort with minimum details. At 53.5” this is one of the deepest sofas in this roundup and it was designed to provide a welcoming space for you to stretch out and lounge.
A comfortable, low section with extra deep seats, the Mags rounded edges give it a casual feeling, and its soft cushions are wrapped with down for lasting, sink-right-in comfort.
Brand: World Market
World Market’s iconic Brynn sofa provides comfort and refined style for years of movie marathons, game nights, and cozy evenings. This sofa features a versatile ivory-slipcover look and feather-filled reversible cushions with soft down pillows and performance fabric.
“This sofa is extremely budget-friendly, great quality for the price point, and has feather-filled reversible cushions so it never gets frumpy,” says Peña of Sydney Joy Studio. “I have personal experience with this one and absolutely love how beautiful, comfy, and affordable it is.”
Brand: Interior Define
Depth: Up to 38.5”
Price: From $1,440
Recommended by Penelope Francis, the Ms. Chesterfield from Interior Define is a beautiful take on the classic Chesterfield sofa style.
This sofa is highly customizable with hundreds of fabric options and 18 leg choices. You can also choose the perfect length with options ranging from 74” all the way up to 106” and when it comes to depth, 30.5” comes as standard of you can choose the deep option which takes it up to 38.5”.
Article describes this sofa as “so deep you need a life vest.” It’s 40” depth makes it perfect for lounging, it also comes with soft throw pillows to make it extra snug. The Sitka sofa is available in four colors — Boreal Gray, Mist Gray, Oceana Blue, and Quartz White.
“Its clean Scandinavian design helps it to look fresh while also blending in with your current decor,” says DelMonico. “The seat and back cushions are soft enough to feel as though you are sinking in yet supportive enough to be comfortable.”
Brand: Joss & Main
Designed and handcrafted in North Carolina, the Fuller 88” Square Arm Sofa is deep-seated for ultimate comfort with simple lines accentuate and tapered block legs. It comes in 129 fabric and color options, which gives you countless possibilities to find the perfect combination for your living space.
“This sofa from Joss & Main has a sophisticated style that adds elegance to your living room,” says DelMonico. “It’s also on legs, which helps it to look lighter in smaller spaces.”
Brand: Pottery Barn
Price: $3,398 - $4,948
Pottery Barn’s Big Sur sofa is modern in style with square arms and designed for lounging. It features a double chaise to give that little bit of extra room to stretch out and can be customized to fit your preferences.
“This piece is seriously a show stopper,” says Peña. “Great on so many levels, aesthetically and functionally. You can customize with performance fabrics that look and feel incredible while knowing it'll last.”
Price: Starting at ~ $1,600
The Brentwood sofa is custom made in Los Angeles, CA. Its wide armrests, solid wood frame lines and button-tufted cushions give this sofa a sophisticated look, and its foam seat cushions offer a cozy yet supportive sit.
The Brentwood is available in 62 fabric color options with three choices of leg finishes. Reviewers say its well-made, comfortable and durable.
Brand: Rove Concepts
Price: From $1,799
Founded in the Pacific Northwest, Rove Concepts is a direct-to-cosnumer brand that set out to deliver handcrafted mid-century sofas and furniture to the masses. Alongside its deep seats and low profile, the Arya Modular sofa features elegant curves and layers of high-density cushioning
The Arya style embodies the fundamental elements of modern design and effortlessly adds sleekness to any space. Its also built to be comfortable and durable with 3 layer high-density foam cushioning on top of a Kiln-dried hardwood frame with doweled joints and reinforced corner blocks.
Pro Tip: Check Cushion Space as Well as Overall Depth
"Not everyone always sits upright with both feet on the floor. If you want cozy, knees up comfort to binge watch your favorite television series or cuddle with your sweetie you are going to love a deep-seated sofa," says Dennese Guadeloupe Rojas of Interiors By Design.
Rojas also notes that you should pay attention to the actual seat measurements, alongside the overall sofa depth when shopping for a deep seat sofa. "To avoid anyone falling on the floor during family movie night with multiple family cuddlers, you need at least 23 to 24 inches of cushion space. If you or your family members are tall, you would appreciate the benefits and comfort of a deep-seated sofa," she says.
Need some tips on how to ensure your new sofa will fit? Check our guide on how to measure sofas here.