Review: The Best Couches Of 2020

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Rivet Revolve Modern Upholstered Sofa Couch

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The Rivet sofa comes in either fabric or leather depending on your preference, however the leather option will set you back nearly twice as much. Assembly is simple, just screw on the legs and add the cushions since everything comes in one box: no other assembly is necessary. The one-year warranty is an added bonus as well. The cushion covers are not designed to be removed for cleaning, so spot-treat as needed. However, some users mentioned the cushions do have zippers so proceed with caution if you choose to remove them as some said the zippers are not highly durable and may not re-zip well. You can remove all six cushions from the couch for easier cleaning, and you leave the back cushions off to provide more room for laying down.

Key Features

  • Sturdy hardwood frame with beech wood legs
  • Cloth fabric or leather

Specifications

  • Brand: Rivet
  • Dimensions: 79.9 x 34.6 x 35.4 inches
  • Weight: 93.5 pounds

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Removable back cushions for additional space for laying down
  • Matching pieces available
  • 1-year warranty

Cons

  • Cushions may not stay in place
  • Cushion covers are not designed to be removed

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Zinus Ricardo Contemporary Upholstered Living Room Couch

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The Zinus couch (and matching love seat if you are interested in a set) do not come assembled, but should be easy to slip together especially with a partner. All of the pieces you need come in one box, and there is a storage area under the couch base that holds all of the pieces during transit. This space can be used during a move to keep everything together so less chance of the pieces being separated and lost. The upholstery is a polyester fabric with a similar feel to linen that some find less appealing than other smoother materials. Additionally, users have commented that the back is very straight and good for sitting upright, but less ideal for lounging for extended periods of time.

Key Features

  • Wood frame
  • Polyester fabric cover
  • Storage compartment in base for legs and tools

Specifications

  • Brand: Zinus
  • Dimensions: 78.3 x 30.7 x 31.5 inches
  • Weight: 86.3 pounds

Pros

  • Easy to assemble and disassemble for moving
  • Firm for good support
  • Modern look

Cons

  • Does not come pre-assembled

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HONBAY Convertible Sectional Sofa Couch

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The HONBAY sectional allows you to choose the best position for your room. This versatility comes at the cost of needing to assemble it yourself, but if you follow YouTube instructions that are out there, you should have no trouble completing the assembly, especially with a partner. The frame is made from solid wood, and the upholstery is a breathable fabric. The chaise lounge will allow you and a partner to both stretch out comfortably at the same time, and with removable back cushions, you can make even more room if you choose to take a nap.

Key Features

  • Reversible sectional chaise lounge
  • Solid wood construction

Specifications

  • Brand: HONBAY
  • Dimensions: 78.5 x 35 x 30.3 inches
  • Weight: 105 pounds
  • Capacity: 660 pounds

Pros

  • Cushions stay in place with hook and loop fasteners
  • Versatile set-up options
  • Sturdy construction

Cons

  • Does not come pre-assembled

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Signature Design by Ashley - Alenya Queen Size Sleeper Sofa

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Sleeper sofas are handy to have around when you have guests to ensure everyone has a place to sleep. The rub with sleeper sofas is that because the mattress must be stored away and folded in the process, the mattresses tend to not be the most comfortable sleeping surface. The Alenya sleeper sofa by Ashley is no exception. Some users purchased a memory foam mattress replacement, while others said they use a memory foam topper that is stored between uses. Assembly is required so make sure to have a partner to assist as sleeper sofas have added weight to contend with.

Key Features

  • Queen sleeper sofa
  • Two toss pillows
  • Polyester/nylon blend upholstery

Specifications

  • Brand: Ashley Furniture
  • Dimensions: 37.5 x 84 x 38.5 inches
  • Weight: 181 pounds

Pros

  • Seat cushion covers are removable for easy cleaning
  • Easy transition from sofa to bed
  • Matching pieces available

Cons

  • Assembly required
  • Back cushions are not removable
  • Sleeper mattress is not top of the line

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Modway Engage Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Fabric Sofa

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If you are looking for a sturdy couch with a contemporary style, look no further than the Modway sofa. It has a sturdy design and a look that provides a low profile to fit most rooms. The flared arms and splayed legs give the sofa a multi-dimensional look that will add flare to any room. The sofa is extra firm as reviewed by multiple users, so those that are looking to sink into their coach will want to look elsewhere, but those with bad backs or otherwise find a need for a firmer seat should appreciate this sofa all the more. Assembly consists of screwing on the feet and should take no time at all.

Key Features

  • Polyester fabric upholstery
  • Solid wood legs with cherry finish
  • Flared arms

Specifications

  • Brand: Modway
  • Dimensions: 90.5 x 33 x 32.5 inches
  • Weight: 90.5 pounds

Pros

  • Sturdy design
  • Easy to assemble
  • Nice fabric

Cons

  • Cushions are not reversible
  • Very firm

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Signature Design by Ashley Tulen Reclining Sofa

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The seat cushions of this sofa are firm while the arm rests and back cushions are less so making for a plush place to plop yourself. Both the left and right sections of the sofa recline simply using the pul-tabs between the seat and armrest, and are designed to only need three inches between the sofa and the wall. You won't be able to recline to a fully prone position, but you will be able to pull up and rest your feet while you take a nap without issue. Some users have mentioned that taller users may find less head and neck support but otherwise most users will find this reclining sofa by Ashley to be perfectly comfortable.

Key Features

  • Pull-tab dual reclining action
  • Fabric upholstery

Specifications

  • Brand: Ashley Furniture
  • Dimensions: 40 x 87 x 40 inches
  • Weight: 170 pounds

Pros

  • Arrives assembled
  • Only needs three inches between sofa and wall
  • Plush fabric

Cons

  • Back not overly tall

Before choosing the best couch for your home, make sure to think through and weigh the various options carefully. Functionality, size, and design can all play a big role in choosing the most appropriate seating space for your living room or den. Here are a few items to consider before making your next couch purchase

Functionality

Think through what functionality you need now, as well as what functionality you may need in the near future, to ensure you have a piece of furniture that will suit all of your needs, even if they aren't immediate since a couch purchase is not one you make regularly. If you are needing additional sleeping space in your home, spring for a sleeper sofa with a pull out bed or a convertible futon, if you will spend a lot of time sitting or lounging, consider a reclining sofa option. If you are simply looking for an accent piece in your living room and it will only be used for short stints, these options may be too bulky so favor design in these situations and choose a lighter weight option that fits your style. Just know before you buy.

Material

Upholstery for a couch will generally come in either a fabric such as polyester, cotton, or some form of blend with nylon, or in leather or faux leather varieties. Leather is easier to clean in general as it can generally just be wiped off, however it can also be pricier and more reactive to changes in temperature. Color and pattern are also important to consider as you will want something that matches your existing furniture. Make sure to weigh the options as well between pricier hardwood construction and more affordable wood composites as the more solid the frame, the longer the couch should last.

Delivery

Make sure you have a plan for how to get your new couch home as they are very large and can also be quite heavy depending on the brand and features you choose. While delivery is sometimes included, make sure you know what comes with the delivery option you select as some "free" delivery options only guarantee they will get the package to your address, which does not ensure that they will help you get it through the door or help assemble it. Springing for additional delivery up-charges may be a stress-free way of guaranteeing you are ready to enjoy your new couch immediately. If you choose to do the heavy lifting yourself, make sure to recruit at least one assistant because an extra set of hands can always come in handy.

If you are looking to fill out your living room even more, make sure to look through our top picks for the best loveseats as well!