Whenever people shop for couches, they tend to think about the how enjoyable the new sofa will be without actually considering whether it will really be comfortable. Sure, looks are great and all, but it seems odd since the main function is of course to be able to enjoy it.
To be more direct, just because a sofa looks great doesn't mean that it will be comfortable. In fact, you will never be able to tell whether a sofa is comfortable simply by looking at it unless you consider its measurements. An important detail of this is that what you find works for you will differ from what other people might like. It's not a universal thing so it's worth taking the time to get it right. If you plan to keep your couch for years to come, you need to consider the specifics before you purchase a sofa. Here are the top 5 things to make sure you get the most comfortable couch or comfortable sectional for you.
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Rule 1. Make sure the seat depth is appropriate for you
Seat depth is important because your height can impact how comfortable you will find the sofa. For the seat depth, the seat should allow you to sit comfortably without having to use a throw pillow. Your thighs should be supported by the sofa. The knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle when seated and the feet should touch the floor.
For a person of average height, 21 to 22" is generally the standard to allow clearance between the person's legs and the front edge of the seat. For a tall person, a seat depth of 23" to 25" is a good option. For a shorter person, a seat depth of around 20" is preferred. If you want to have furniture that includes a lot of accent pillows though, you can always go a little deeper and then factor that in. Some people even like to use accent pillows when sitting upright but then be able to move them and slouch down a little lower for full relax mode. It's up to you of course in terms of how you want to use the room.
Rule 2. Look at the seat height versus your sitting needs
If the sofa height is not appropriate for a person’s height, tall people can feel as though they are simply squatting instead of sitting while shorter people can find their legs dangling above the floor like children. This is why seat height is so important for the most comfortable couch.
The seat heights for modern comfortable couches can vary. However, the standard range is typically between 15" and 20". The average sofa seat height measures 17 to 18" from the floor to the top of the cushion. Keep in mind if you do have down in the seat cushion you might sink a little more than a built-in cushion that will be firmer. In addition, a general rule is that the deeper the seat depth, the lower the seat height needs to be and vice versa. This ensures that overall you're getting something that is supportive and ergonomically sound.
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Rule 3. Choose the best cushion filling for the function of the piece
The filling used on bottom and back cushions can make a huge difference for comfortable couches. High density foam is quite common and is known for its comfort and durability. However, down or wool are also popular and are generally considered to be the best option when it comes to a more relaxed vibe. However, with down and feathers, the filling may shift a bit and the cushions will need to be fluffed on a regularly basis to keep the original form. Overall down pillows not only have a softer feel, but a softer and less uniform look.
Batting may also be used with foam cushions to help keep the cushion filling smooth and to prevent slippage. Wool or cotton batting are commonly used and come in two thicknesses. The batting should not have a huge impact on your comfort level. However, it is important to know that it is there because it can be visible, especially in the instance of cotton batting because it can poke through the covering of the cushion.
If you need back support, or you prefer sitting up, a sofa that features a tight back that doesn't not have loose cushions is the best option. Many people also prefer sofas that are comfortable enough for lying down. For these individuals, loose back cushions are the best option.
If you plan to lie down on the sofa to watch TV or nap regularly, you should also opt for a 3-seat couch over a 2-seat couch. On a 2-seat couch, the daily wear caused by lying down on the couch can cause wear to the bottom cushions over time. With a 3-seat sofa, there will be more room to lie down, meaning your weight will be more evenly distributed across the surface of the couch.
Rule 4. Take into account the back height
The height of the back of the couch will depend on your preferences and your height. The back height for the most comfortable couch generally ranges from 26” to 32”. For taller people, a higher back height can make the couch seem more comfortable since it has a taller support point. However, shorter individuals may not like a high back and instead prefer a standard height. The back height that you select is generally up to your preferences, and as long as the back pillows are high enough that's where most of the function comes from.
However, you may also want to select the back height for your sofa based on the height of your ceilings. If you have standard 8’ ceilings, a low profile sofa will look best. For higher ceilings, opt for a high profile sofa so that the furniture can look balanced in the room.
Rule 5. Analyze the back pitch angle for support
Whether your sofa has an angled pitch or a straight back matters if you need back support or if you prefer to sit up straight. If the sofa has a pitch that is too far back you will not be able to sit up straight on the couch without the use of cushions or throw pillows. A straight back though typically isn't very comfortable because you do want a bit of a angle to get a natural form when leaning back. It's just too formal of a sit for most people, unless you're in a waiting room for the dentist and don't plan on being there for ver long.
In contrast, pitch sofas are excellent if you enjoy reclining on the sofa to relax or binge watch one of the best TV shows of all time. By adding some support, you can still sit up straight on this type of couch. However, it will require some minor adjustments, first and it may not be as comfortable as a straight back sofa if you have back problems.
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We can customize your couch to make sure that it is comfortable for you and work with one of our Furniture Stylists for more direct help.. While most manufacturers try to accommodate the average person by making one-size-fits-all sofas, we understand that you have unique furniture needs. With comfortable couches that are been built to your specifications, you can ensure that your customized couch will actually be comfortable for you and your family.