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"Now more than ever, people need to be comfortable at home and really nestle into a sofa. This means a deeper seat," explains interior designer Penelope Francis.
The design-trend pendulum began to quietly shift a few years ago, says Francis, founder of Penelope Francis & Co. And now, more people are moving to deeper-seated pieces that offer a more luxurious 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."
"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 15 of the best available right now. Each is perfect for cozy evenings and TV binges.
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Brand: Albany Park Depth: 30" Price: Starting at ~ $1,498
The Kova is a modular sofa from Albany Park. The modular design makes it incredibly versatile, so you can add new pieces or reconfigure the sofa's layout anytime.
Albany Park prides itself on delivering extreme comfort at affordable prices and also ships its sofas quickly in easy-to-move boxes designed to maneuver through tight spaces in your home.
Check out our review of the Kova below:
The Kova is available in seven color choices. Its removable seat cushions are filled with a cloud-soft, feather-fiber blend for the utmost comfort. The back cushions are reversible and fully upholstered, and seat cushions have black mesh backing to keep them in place throughout any Sunday afternoon TV binges.
"Because the pieces are modular, I can rearrange them if I want to change the room's look. Or I can add more pieces. I love having options," writes Sibylla Nash, who reviewed the Kova sofa for Living Cozy. "Most importantly, it offers the perfect level of comfort for sprawling out with remote in hand and settling in for some serious binge-watching."
Brand: Maiden Home Depth: 40" Price: Starting at ~ $2,800
The Jones has a depth of 40" and is super customizable — its modular design offers almost endless possibilities. "The same Jones pieces in your space can be reconfigured for the different aspects of your life and functions of your space," says Hannah Rice, Design Advisor at Maiden Home. "You can create a cozy L sectional for a movie night or two sofas facing off in a conversational setting for entertaining, all with the same 5 Jones pieces," adds Rice.
"You can create a cozy L sectional for a movie night or two sofas facing off in a conversational setting for entertaining, all with the same 5 Jones pieces."
"The pillow-like cushions are heavenly and the deep sofa accommodates guests in an inviting manner," writes Zoe Roscoe, who reviewed the Jones for Living Cozy. "It’s been about six months since the sofa was delivered and it’s just as comfortable as the day it was delivered."
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: 7th Avenue Depth: 38" Price: Starting at ~ $2,950
7th Avenue’s modular sofas are designed for relaxing. Its deep seats and memory foam blend cushions incredible comfort — perfect for kicking back and enjoying an evening unwinding or a Sunday afternoon nap.
The sofa is available in four colours choices: Pure White, Natural White, Charcoal Black, and Mist Grey. Each fabric is water-repellent and stain-resistant — designed to easily withstand water, coffee, ketchup, and even red wine, so you can be confident your sofa is safe from spillages.
“I really love our 7th Avenue sofa, so much so that I would and have recommended it to others,” writes Marah Eakin, who reviewed the 7th Avenue sofa for Living Cozy. “I think it’s well-priced for what you’re getting and I love that you can transition it from space to space, design style to design style.”
Article describes this sofa as "so deep you need a life vest." Its 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: Apt2B Depth: 35” 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 seat.
The Brentwood is available in 62 fabric color options with three choices of leg finishes. Reviewers say it's well-made, comfortable, and durable.
Brand: Inside Weather Depth: 36" Price: Starting at ~ $2,275
The Bondi is a modular sofa from the direct-to-consumer furniture brand Inside Weather. Whether you're looking for a 2-seater to put in a small space in your living room, a large pit sofa for the whole family, or maybe a daybed to unwind in your home office, you can tweak the layout of the Bondi to meet its function.
Each component of the Bondi sofa collection can be used anywhere in your sofa configuration — in the middle of your sofa, on the end, as a corner piece — making the possible configurations almost infinite. Its 36" seats are the deepest Inside Weather offers in any of its range.
One of Inside Weather's key differentiators is how customizable its sofas are compared to other furniture brands. With the Bondi, you can customize the layout, upholstery, frame finish, and the blend used in its cushions.
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 extra deep 40" or 43" seats and has plenty of other customizable options, including your selection of fabrics, velvets, 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 various configurations, including a loveseat, chair, sectional, and chaise.
Brand: Medley Depth: 38" Price: Starting at ~ $2,123
Medley’s mantra about home is that it’s “your cozy little nook of the universe,” where you’re “relaxed, comfortable, and wearing your soft pants.” The Lala is the embodiment of that vision — rooted in the idea that comfort and elegance should go hand in hand.
The Lala features sleek, mid-century inspired lines and its 38" depth means there's plenty of room for lounging. The Lala also comes with a number of customization opportunities, including length (from 64"-104"), fabric choice, leg color, and cushion filling.
The Dawson sofa looks like a cloud. It's light and airy design, paired with foam-filled cushions offers the perfect place to sit back and relax. Available in 96", and 106" lengths with an optional ottoman add-on and a chaise sectional, there's sure to be a Dawson configuration that's a fit for your space and lifestyle.
"Absolutely love it," writes one reviewer. "Every time someone walks into my home they immediately complement how nice my sofa looks."
Blu Dot calls the Esker "the fancy sweatpants of sofas." It has an inviting 42" depth and overhanging cushions that entice you to lounge to your heart's content. The Esker's wide, low arms also provide the perfect spot to rest your head if you fancy a little afternoon nap or to kick back with a good book.
The Esker is made from a solid hardwood frame and high-resiliency foam cushions with fiber padding wrap provide a soft plush sit. You can choose from three fabric options, all designed to stand the test of modern living – Kelso Sand and Kelso Blue (100,000 Double Rubs) and Afton Grey (60,000 Double Rubs) as well as Storm Velvet (100,000 Double Rubs).
This might just be the perfect oversized 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.”
Brand: Anthropologie Depth: 35” Price: Starting at ~ $1,600
One of Anthropologie's top-rated pieces, the Bowen is a cozy, low-profile, deep-seated sofa with a clean, minimalist vibe and track arms. 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.
This sofa is handcrafted in the USA, with a Kiln-dried, laminated hardwood frame. Spring coils are encased in high-resiliency foam in each cushion, ensuring a supportive and comfortable seat with a plush, relaxed silhouette.
This extra deep sectional sofa was designed to deliver maximum comfort with minimum details. With a depth of 53.5", this is one of the deepest sofas in this roundup. And with a low seat height of 16.25", 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 down for lasting, sink-right-in comfort.
If you're looking for a versatile sofa that'll work in almost any space, the Fleetwood 100'' Upholstered Sofa's traditional look is perfect. The sofa has track arms and rich linen-blend upholstery — available in a choice of four colors. The cushions are also removable for easy cleaning.
Brand: Pottery Barn Depth: 50” Price: $3,398 - $4,948
Pottery Barn's Big Sur sofa is modern in style with square arms designed for lounging. It features a double chaise to give that little bit of extra room to stretch out.
"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."
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What to Consider When Buying a Deep Couch
1. 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.
If you love sitting back and watching sports, maybe you'll want a reclining sofa
If you frequently have visitors, a sleeper sofa/sofa bed could be what you're looking for
If you have pets or young children, a slipcovered sofa could work best so you can easily remove and clean the covers
Before starting your search for the perfect sofa, you should also the upholstery that's best suited to your style and needs. For example, if you're buying something to be the centerpiece of your room maybe you'll want to splash on a velvet or leather sofa, or if you want something that's easy to clean a high-quality microfiber sofa or a sofa with removable covers could be better.
3. Your Living Space
Whether your sofa is going to be the feature piece of your main living space or a complimentary sofa in a dining room or home office, can have a big impact on what you buy.
Not only should you measure your space to ensure you have enough room for your desired sofa, you should also think about how a new sofa will fit with your current home decor and living room furniture — especially other key pieces like your coffee table or media unit.
Ash is the founder of Living Cozy. He's been featured by publishers like MyDomaine, Realtor, Real Homes, Architectural Digest, The Spruce, Homes and Gardens, and more. As a writer his work has appeared in publications like FastCompany, TNW, and Entrepreneur.
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