The Deep Sofa Is So Over

Yeah, I said it, and I’ll say it again: The Deep Sofa is So Over. Maybe You’re in the 75% (?) who love these beds…

“OH”, you think, “Heather called my Sofa a bed?!”

Yep, Ya got that right! I did. Here is why:

You already have a bed

It’s most likely on the top floor, unless you are super lucky to have your master suite on the main floor. (One can only dream, right?) That bed is for sleeping and…uh, reading a book, or your tablet – hopefully on the night light setting. You can actually get those 8 hours of sleep we adults need.

Deep sofas are really bad for your back!
Doesn’t matter if you are short or tall, and if you have a kids, they’ll get swallowed up. A Deep sofa tends to need a ton of pillows to support your back. Your back will hammock and that is really, really bad for your posture and can cause you pain!
If this sofa is a sectional, people who get the corner will need two huge pillows there, with a smaller one in front, so they can at least sit up.

Deep sofas look squashy and cozy, but they’re really uncomfortable –
My son has this Pottery Barn Sofa. With 35″ deep cushions, I can barely sit there. He is 6’5′ tall; I’m 5’7 and a smidge. When I visit I’ll be uncomfortably laying with my head against the back cushion, so I tend to sit on the edge.

Pb Basic Sectional – this is their “First” sofa… and that is one deep corner! Notice how far back the cushions lean?

Pb Basic Sectional – this is their “First” sofa… and that is one deep corner! Notice how far back the cushions lean?

Deep Sofa’s take up a ton of space

First of all, sofa’s of this size take a lot of space in your living/family room. Did you remember to measure for that? Can you just barely squeeze in side tables, lamps, and the ottoman or coffee table? If you want a sectional or couch. here is a handy dandy measuring guide from viyet to make it easy for you to figure out if it will fit:

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Got that? And again, look at all these pillows…(argh) most will end up on the floor! But, you really need to keep the ones on the corner – remember how I get swallowed up? You will too.

WHOA ! Way TOO many throw pillows on this Deep Sofa. Not sure if they also use this for guest bed…but you’d have to move around a lot of stuff to do so.

WHOA ! Way TOO many throw pillows on this Deep Sofa. Not sure if they also use this for guest bed…but you’d have to move around a lot of stuff to do so.

 Will it fit through the doors and hallways? 

*** IMPORTANT! How do you figure this out? You have to measure diagonally on one side. Take the measuring tape from the side of the arm to the back corner of the bottom leg. Most doorways are 36″ wide, some may be 30″. O course, added too that is the 2″ door frame and the door itself.  You may have found out that a deep sofa will not easily go through these doorways the hard way. You might have to actually remove the door or in the worst case scenario the entire door frame. UGH! Too.Much.Work. & Too.Much.Time

The Deep Sofa Isn’t Actually a Great Place for Guests to Sleep:

If you don’t have a guest room, you might think a deep sofa is a great spot for guests to sleep. I’m telling you – forget about using the deep sofa. If you’ve actually used your sofa daily, there are most likely lots of crumbs in the nooks and under the cushions. Possibly stains and animal hair on it as well. Quite the job to get that all vacuumed out/off and spot cleaned for a guest to sleep on. And if you have straight arms on your deep sofa? Nobody can sleep there comfortably. It’s like sleeping in a box!

My Pup Magnus Has a tendency to get on the loveseat. Meanwhile, 7 yr old Keeva stays on her floor bed as she knows better!

My Pup Magnus Has a tendency to get on the loveseat. Meanwhile, 7 yr old Keeva stays on her floor bed as she knows better!

Here are better options

If you enjoy having guests overnight, you need a real sofa bed somewhere in the house, but preferably not in the family room. Lord knows there are always some early risers in the family and nobody – well perhaps a teen boy – can sleep through all that racket?

While you get ready for work, make your coffee, feed the pets, or your young kids are bouncing around trying to wake up your guest, it get’s very noisy. Most of us have dealt with this growing up or even today, and it’s not fun to wake up if you stayed up late chatting, or partying.

Re-use a room you don’t know what to do with (say that living room wasting away) for a guest room. What I like about the updated look of this sofa? Seating depth is 22″ much more normal. Add two lightweight tables or an ottoman not stuffed to the gills with books and magazines – this’ll be easy to move .  You can store two nice queen-size pillows in one of those vacuum bags.

This is a great room for a guest. The Brewster Sofa Bed from Bassett is perfect here.

This is a great room for a guest. The Brewster Sofa Bed from Bassett is perfect here.

A great sofa for your family room:

With the access to custom sofas my firm has I’ve seen a lot of sofas. You want suggestions for your family room, so here you go.

The traditional/transitional 6801 sofa from Massoud Furniture

The traditional/transitional 6801 sofa from Massoud Furniture

This 6801 sofa has miles of style. Many of us get jazzed by nailhead trim and wide-turned legs ? The English rolled arm gives comfortable ease when reaching your book, drink, tablet on the side table or to rest your arm on. Though the seats cushions appear to be deep, they actually are only 25″ deep. Three more than the Bassett couch. This is why they’ve added the three large pillows. they’ll add just enough style and extra cushioning for your back not to hammock. These low arms will make it easy to sleep on IF it has to be called into duty. The side details is pretty delish too!

Pearson Furniture‘s  Sally Sectional

Pearson Furniture‘s  Sally Sectional

I’ve personally seen this sofa and sat on it in Pearson Furniture’s showroom during High Point Market Days. This is a beautiful sectional! It will last a long time – same as the Massoud sofa above. It also has miles of style with it’s modern peg feet and the wood trim that encircles the base. Don’t you love the nail trim following the sofa outline?

Again, this sectional appears to look like a deep sofa – but it’s not. Seat depth is 23″. Pearson also allows more customization of the size of their upholstered line, which comes in handy.

Now that you’re convinced a deep sofa is a no-go, and you’ve seen the light, I hope you’re ready to choose a gorgeous, functional and not-jolly-giant sized sofa for your own home. Show me what sofas you love in the comments below!

If you’re interested in finding out more about the custom sofas I can get for you, contact me, and we’ll break you out of overstuffed sofa prison once and for all.

Heather Bates