11 tush-worthy couches
Every year, baseball enthusiasts around this great nation of ours will participate in one of our greatest pastimes: Sitting on the couch, remote in hand, bucket of chicken on lap, watching the game. And with 162 games per season at about 3 hours per game, that means the most fanatic of fans will hit the couch for 486 hours every year (that’s 29,160 minutes or 20.25 days).
And as you prepare for your yearly, momentous couch-athon, take a look down at your current seating arrangements. You hate that lumpy, crumb-covered, 10-year-old sofa, don’t you? And that unseemly ass print you’ve left really shouldn’t get any deeper. It’s time for a new sofa.
Because, yes, now we’re judging.
Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up some great finds — from the comfortable to the eco-friendly — that will suit almost any whim and fancy of even the pickiest of butts.
1. For creatures of comfort
If you're looking for some true rest and relaxation, just turn to Restoration Hardware’s English Roll Arm Upholstered Sofa. The couch offers an angled, supportive back, and large loose cushions. And with 56 fabric options, this versatile option will find its rightful place in any living room.
2. For the eco-conscious
If you like your furniture green — not in color, but in spirit — The Kristin Drohan Collection has got you covered. The designer is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) and proudly touts its environmentally friendly and healthy manufacturing process on its website. (The SFC is a coalition of suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and designers who promote sustainable practices.) The Lois Sofa is “one of our client’s favorite for comfort and versatility,” according to the site.
3. For eco-conscious creatures of comfort
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams promises “upholstery, case goods, lighting, rugs and accessories designed to make people comfortable.” Add on top of that environmentally friendly manufacturing made right here in the USA. Now we’re talking. The company’s Alexa Sofa features an eco-friendly hardwood frame and eco-friendly high-density, high-resiliency cushioning. CBS “Sunday Morning” recently interviewed the masterminds behind the name. You can find the video here.
4. For the modernist
The Swept Sofa from Blu Dot is a super sleek — or lean, as the website describes it — option for those with an affinity for the modern. The couch, which is available in slate or white, gets high marks for one of the cleanest looking couches we’ve ever seen.
5. For the Feng Shui enthusiast
If you often find yourself rearranging your furniture in the quest for a balanced, energized living space, let us suggest Crate and Barrel’s Essex Sofa with Casters. Thanks to the antiqued brass casters under the legs, this couch should be easy to move when you have a Feng Shui moment. The website describes this piece as a sink-in-comfortable couch with deep cushions. And bonus: The manufacturer employed eco-friendly construction with certified sustainable, kiln-dried hardwood frame and seat cushions.
6. For the eccentric
Forget those even, boring sofa backs. The Tobiko Sofa from Inmod features a wave of wood complete with cutout holes. It’s a piece of art, it’s eco-friendly, it’s suitable for indoor or outdoor use, and it’s comfortable, according to the company.
7. For those who yearn for the 70s
If you’ve ever found yourself sinking into a bean-bag chair and loving it, have we got the sofa for you. The Cozy Sac, which is made in the USA, has created the ultimate bean-bag creation: the bean-bag couch. The Micro-Suede Cozy Sacs range in size from 2 ft. to 8 ft., which can easily seat three or four of your closest, bean-bag loving friends.
8. For those with limited space
A couch and a bed? What a luxury. For those of you with limited space — perhaps you inhabit a compact studio in NYC — a daybed may be your best bet. Pottery Barn’s Savannah Daybed with Trundle functions as a couch by day and bed by night — the best of both worlds.
9. For the four-legged
Every so often our furry companions like to get in on the TV action, and they too deserve a comfortable place to rest. Enter Frontgate’s Comfy Couch Pet Bed, which offers your pets a thick orthopedic foam cushion and spun-polyester fill. We’ll take one in human size please.
10. For the inspired
Maybe during commercial breaks, you like a little inspiration from your furniture. This limited edition piece — the Wordy Double Seater from voila! — features soft denim cotton fabric with hand-silkscreened designs of inspirational quotes by famous leaders and innovators. The company will even inscribe these quotes on the fabric of your choice.
11. For the museum lover
We just couldn’t pass up including this art installation posing as a couch. Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien’s creation, My Beautiful Backside, “is a collection of seats whose backrests are a composition of highly colored, floating cushions in various shapes.” The design is inspired by a painting of a Maharani sitting on the floor of her palace, surrounded and supported by pebble-shaped cushions. Looks almost too good to sit on.