My husband and I dubbed this holiday season Couchmas — because instead of giving each other gifts, we desperately need to get a couch (and a mattress, but one major purchase at a time here people). I can’t take credit for the term Couchmas, my husband is the one always coming up with funny words for things.
This was no ordinary couch search. The sofa we currently have is beyond uncomfortable. Neither of us even want to sit on it for long periods of time. Getting a more comfortable couch soon is a necessity. Due to the uncomfortable level of our current sofa that we didn’t sit on before it became ours, we didn’t want to purchase a couch we couldn’t actually sit on — so that takes out like 90% of the sofas on the market unless we wanted to take a trip down to High Point for a week to sit on every couch in America. So basically we were limited to what we could sit on in the DC area. Which seems like it would be a lot, and it sort of is, but then you also have to take out the uber-expensive couches. So our choices are getting smaller and smaller here.
We spent two full weekends in December driving around the DC area (Maryland and Virginia included) going to every store we could find that had sofas and sectionals. I’m talking two full weekends. In December. With my husband who is not a huge fan of shopping, holiday crowds, DC traffic, or malls. That’s how desperate we are for a couch. We probably sat on 200 couches. On the fourth full day of couch shopping I got a bit grouchy. I was pretty surprised at my Mr.’s stamina during this search. He was the one being positive, and I was soooooo over this couch business.
We each have different qualities we want in a couch — his number one most important thing is that it be the most comfortable couch known to man. Like La-Z-Boy status. Like a damn fluffy mattress in the living room. In my opinion the comfort expectations were a little high. The couch we had before the uncomfortable couch was one of the most comfy sofas I’ve ever sat on, but it was old. And blue. I was done with it. It had to go. I do miss how comfy it was though. So because of that damn blue comfy couch, the expectation for comfort was high.
Unfortunately the modern style of sofas that we both like aren’t usually every comfortable. Here lies the problem. My main concern is the aesthetics of the couch. That it’s pretty. That it looks good in my living room. Then that it’s somewhat comfortable. To me, you can just add pillows to make it more comfy as long as the cushions are somewhat comfy. His first priority is the comfort, then the aesthetics. You see where this is going, right?
So after sitting on countless sofas, couches, and sectionals for four days, and nothing hitting both of our needs (in our price range) and feeling like this is the one, I felt like we needed to go back to the very first store we visited. There was one couch there that was up to his comfort expectations, and I’m not sure why we didn’t take it more seriously. It was the beginning of the search so I think we both thought surely the one will just be really obvious. Like how we felt when we were looking at our current condo and we both knew, yes, this is our place.
What we want out of our sofa or sectional is pretty specific — obviously that I like the looks of it and it’s up to his comfort standards — but also we really wanted it to be a sectional or have a chaise on one side if we could find one we loved. We also wanted the depth of the seats to be a certain length. My Mr. is tall so no short seats! But we also didn’t like super super deep seats either. I really prefer the look of clean lines which is typically hard to find with high comfort levels. As far as color, we were looking for a medium to dark gray. I also prefer sofas with fewer cushions, meaning I’d rather have one long cushion or two longer ones than three or four smaller seat cushions. Not a deal-breaker, but a preference.
If #8 (in gray of course) would have been more comfy, that’s the look that we both love in a sofa, but it’s hard to find tufted modern sofas that are super comfy. I’m starting to think they just don’t exist.
These eight couches were all in the running:
ONE // Holden Sofa with Chaise, Room & Board
TWO // Asana Sofa, Crate & Barrel
THREE // Vapor Sectional, ZGallerie
FOUR // Taraval Sofa, Crate & Barrel
FIVE // Cameron Sectional, ZGallerie
SIX // Klyne II Sectional Sofa, Crate & Barrel
SEVEN // Harding Sofa with Chaise, Room & Board
Once our new couch arrives I’ll reveal which one we ended up going with — which one of these eight do you think we decided on? Which is your favorite?
Have you ever been on a great sofa search? Were you able to find the perfect sofa or sectional? What was it? Tell me your sofa search story!