Rejuvenate in Style and Comfort
Jun 19

Rejuvenate in Style and Comfort

Unlock the Secret to Finding Your Dream Sofa

These days, it would seem safe to say that we are all accumulating endless amounts of hours sitting, working, lounging, binge-watching – let’s admit it, probably eating most of our meals on our sofas. So, we figured that now is the best time to share all the tips and tricks of what to look for in finding your most comfortable sofa for your lifestyle, if you need one.

If there is one person that has been on the hunt for the sofa that is both stylish and comfortable, it’s me. I’ve finally found the one, and fingers crossed, can hand out my metaphorical final rose. Hey, Bachelor fans, did I use that correctly? It’s been a sofa saga, and I am personally so excited for it to arrive since I’ve seen the floor model in the store with my own eyes three times now, but have yet to see mine in the pretty powdered blue Crypton Fabric.

So now that I have acquired all the comfy sofa secrets from my extensive research, I am giving them to you today, and yes, that means dimensions. We have also included my tried and true favorites that I keep coming back to, and talking about what makes them special to the people who own them. Let’s just say we have a lot of nappers on our hands. But if all those don’t hit your style spot, we have a bunch more options at the end for you. Hope you are as excited to read this post as I am to write it!

Cracking the Comfort Code: Sofa Dimensions Decoded

But before we get into our recommendations, let’s take the time to figure out what type of sofa will work best for your lifestyle and the way you like to lounge. The dimensions you choose for your sofa will not only play a factor in the style, but also the level of comfort it will offer.

One with a higher seat and back height and shallow seat depth tend to lean on the more traditional side, making them a better fit for a formal setting. On the flip side, a really low to the ground, deep-seated sofa will feel more relaxed, casual, and looking like it’s straight out of the 60s/70s era. In the middle of those two lies the more modern, contemporary style, and is one most of us are on the search for – sophisticated yet cozy.

So what exactly are those dimensions you should be looking for, you ask? Let’s dive in:

Sofa Length

This is the one dimension that will be determined more so by the amount of space you have rather than your preference for comfort. Standard sofas will come in sizes anywhere from 72″ to 96″, while loveseats are more in the 48″ to 72″ range. I believe that if you have the space for it, an 84″ long sofa is ideal because even someone that is 6’4″ will be able to comfortably fall asleep to their next binge-worthy show.

Seat Depth

In my opinion, this is the most crucial dimension of a sofa. Too shallow and you feel like you can’t relax, but too deep and you’re a little kid again with your feet dangling in the air. The average seat depth is between 21-24″. If you like to sit upright, then 20-22″ is ideal for you. Those of you who like to lounge/lay down, then 23″ to max 26″ is what you’re searching for. Any more and you might as well just buy a daybed.

Don’t confuse your seat depth with the sofa’s overall depth. The seat depth is the space in which you occupy when seated – it measures from the front of the seat cushion to the back cushion, rather than to the back of the sofa.

Seat Height

Most sofas, accent chairs, and dining chairs have a standard seat height of 18 inches. A sofa can be anywhere from 15″ to 20″. The main factor you should consider is how much is your seat depth. If you have a deep and low to the ground sofa, it will make it very difficult to get out of it. So if you like your sofa to be 24-26″ deep, try adding an inch or two to make it easier, unless this isn’t an issue and you like the style over everything else.

Back Height

The worst feeling is to sit down on a comfortable sofa only to lean back and feel it stop too short with little to no support. That’s why a good rule of thumb is to find a sofa with a back height of 30″ – 36″. The deeper the sofa, the lower it can be in that range, since you will naturally want to sit in a more relaxed position and need less height.

Arm Height

Last but not least, the place where we lean and lay our heads upon – the armrest. Look for a sofa with an arm height between 7″ – 9″, which is measured from the top of the seat cushion to the top of the armrest.

Once a two-cushion fan, I have now opted for a single, top-stitch cushion cover with a 5″ soft foam density, wrapped in a down-feather filler on my Moreno Sofa from Lawson-Fenning. The softer your foam’s density is, the more it will compress and lower when you sit down, so take this into consideration when choosing your cushion construction and preferred seat height.

My Dream Sofa Comes to Life

Let’s finally take a peek at this dreamboat. After the first time I went to Lawson-Fenning, I asked if I saw her dream sofa – the one above, but coming in a different fabric. The Moreno Sofa is sleek, modern, and yet with a traditional touch, thanks to those curved arms.

With a little help from the LF team, I was able to tweak it to the ideal dimensions for my needs: 96″ Length, Seat Height 17.5″, Seat Depth 23″ – 24″, Arm Height 26″ (about 8.5″ above the seat cushion), and a Back Height of 31″ – just enough for support, but low enough to lounge. She’s perfect, and I think I am very excited to finally see her in person.

Tried, Tested, and Approved: Our Comfy Favorites

And now let’s revisit our other favorites. This sofa has been in an on-and-off-again relationship, currently on with my LA living room for over three years now, but there is a reason it keeps finding its way back to one another. It’s pretty cozy, just ask my boyfriend who is napping on it as I write this for real.

From Arlyn: “I love a deep sofa because if I had my pick of positions to be in for life, it would be horizontal on a pile of pillows. But it’s not so deep that you feel like the sofa is eating you. It’s squishy and fluffy, but just firm enough to support you, and the arms are at the perfect height to lay my head on during day naps. We also used this beauty’s neutral friend in the media room of the Portland Project. Our very own Sara slept on it when the whole team took over the house for our reader event. I can confirm that she got a very restful sleep, ’cause it was very hard to wake her up the next day. Then again, that lady loves her slumber.”

From Jess: “Let’s just say I have fallen asleep on my sofa more times than I would like to admit. It’s the perfect amount of plush to curl up on, but not too plush that you sink in and have a hard time getting off of. Plus, it’s held its shape so nicely, and I am on it A LOT. Let me also say that I am now and probably forever a pro single-cushion-er. I love that there isn’t an uncomfortable dip in the middle of my sofa when I lay down. Now I have a hard time getting comfortable on a multi-cushion sofa. One and done!”

From a first glance, you might think this sectional doesn’t look squishy enough, but then I would be glad to say you are wrong, my friends. It’s one of those deceivingly comfortable sofas – there is just that right amount of cush on the seat, and a little extra on the back, so when you fall back onto it, it gives you a slight hug. I mean, Emily has used it in three different houses now for a reason.

From Sara: “I love this sofa so much, I got it for our first living room, which now lives in my brother’s apartment, then I got one for my mom’s living room, and then we got the velvet one for our TV room. If that’s not a solid recommendation, I literally do not know what is. The leather is so nice and gets really soft and wonderful with time. And the velvet one we have in our TV room right now is the perfect size for Mac and I to cuddle up on and watch TV.”

From Ryann: “When I chose this sofa for my living room, I was willing to sacrifice comfort if need be, because it was so beautiful. My boyfriend and I joke that it’s like having a piece of art as furniture, so when the decision was made, in the back of my mind, I thought if it’s not the most comfortable sofa in the world, it’s still worth it, I’ll love it just as much. But luckily, this love story has a happy ending. This sofa is SO comfortable, you guys. The depth of the cushion is deeper than normal sofas, or at least the ones I’ve come across, so when you sit on it, it’s like sitting on a day bed. Plus, the back cushion is shorter in height, so if you want to lean back and slouch a little, the top of the cushion supports your neck perfectly. The leather was extremely soft when we first got it, but it’s only getting softer as the days go on. My boyfriend slept on it the night it arrived because he believes it’s more comfortable than our bed. True story.”

From Brady: “After 2 years of having this sofa and getting lots of love via TV show binging and movie marathoning, I have to admit that it is still just as comfortable as the day that I got it. The single-seat cushion has been a game-changer for us, as it means that no one has to sit in a cushion crack, and the down back pillows give you all the comfort and support that you need to really relax, while being able to fluff them up over and over again. Beyond comfort, the lines are timeless and tailored, which means that it works with so many different styles. I’d buy this sofa over and over again if I could.”

As if this sofa couldn’t get any better, there is a sectional version. Disclaimer: This is a big kid, coming in at a minimum of 120″, remember the average is 72″ – 96″. But if you have the room for it, then the more the merrier.

Years ago, I had the opportunity to design a sofa with the help from Rosa and the Clad Home team. Inspired by my favorite elements of a traditional-style sofa, the end result was this custom, low and deep sofa. The perfect spot to curl up with a good book for the night. Plus, the soft velvet fabric isn’t too bad either.

From Sara: “This is the sofa we got for our living room, and to be 100% honest, I wasn’t sure how comfortable it was going to be. When we were sofa shopping, I was looking for stunning pieces, and was definitely in the mindset of form over function. I figured we’d be hanging out in the TV room most of the time, anyway. Fast forward to now, and this couch is my favorite place to take an afternoon nap. I didn’t even opt for the pricier cushion inserts and just went with their premium foam. It is SO comfortable that when I told Em it wasn’t down filling, she was surprised. We got the smallest size of this sofa, 70″ wide, 38″ deep, but still, something about the curved shape of the sofa and the depth make it the most comfortable place to sit/nap for my 5’2″ height. Though I will point out that we’ve had two different people stay overnight with that couch as their bed, and we didn’t get any complaints. That’s a pretty good endorsement.”

Now that we have gone over my favorites, we hope to help you find yours. If any of the above sofas aren’t quite what you’re looking for, we have rounded up a few other options that fall within my go-to dimensions. We also checked the reviews, but as a general friendly reminder, be sure to always read the helpful reviews from others on a retailer’s site when purchasing any sofa or furniture for that matter, as we have not personally sat in all of these.

Product Link
Mirren Reversible Chaise Sectional Link
Shelter Sofa Link
Ever Slipcovered Sofa Link
Jake Leather Sofa Link
Leonelle Sofa Link
Bolinas Slipcovered Sofa Link
Lewis Sofa Link
Nixie Grey 2-Piece Sectional Sofa Link
Jake Leather Sofa Link
Claire Modern Sofa Link
Harmony Sofa Link
Noah Sofa Link
Hoxton Black Leather Sofa Link
Denver Indoor/Outdoor Sectional Link
Lounge II Sofa Link

I hope this post was as helpful for you as it was for me, since I am starting my search for that stylish yet cozy sofa of my dreams. As of now, I don’t own any living room or dining room furniture since moving back to Los Angeles, so I am ready, if you are, to continue this comfy series.

What would you want to talk about next – an accent chair to pair with that sofa? Or shall we move onto the dining room, and we can all have matching, cute yet cozy chairs? Let’s chat about it in the comments below! xx

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