Deep-Seated Sofas

One of the many factors to consider when you are choosing a sofa is seat depth. Old-school sofas are relatively shallow (seat depths often range between 20-24") because they were designed for use in formal sitting areas. If you're trying to be prim and proper, it's easier and more comfortable to sit up straight when the sofa back is close by.

Nowadays deeper sofas are a popular choice for less formal spaces like den/family/TV rooms. The extra depth is more conducive to lounging, especially if two people want to lay across the sofa at the same time! Also, a nice deep sofa can make a great extra bed. If sleeping is a major consideration, then focus on styles with a single seat cushion and make sure they're long enough.

Here are a few examples of sofas with deep seats...

Sofa Liljevalch - Svenskt Tenn

Belgian Shelter Arm Slipcovered Sofa - Restoration Hardware

Greyson Sofa - BoBo Intriguing Objects
Piazza Velvet Storm Sofa - CB2

Bliss Sofa - West Elm

The Theodore Sofa - Jayson Home and Garden

Silhouettes Sofa with Dressmaker Skirt - Hickory Chair

Tufted Deep Sofa in Sand Velvet - RoomService

If you're considering a sofa with a deep seat for a casual room in your house, just be sure that there are plenty of other more upright seating options in the area. The addition of a pair of armchairs or a more traditional sofa will not only accommodate guests, it can also keep the room from looking sloppy and overly lax. Choosing a structured sofa style (like the tufted ones above) will also keep the space looking orderly and put-together.

What do you think of deep-seated sofas? Do you have one in your home? Do they annoy you? I really like them but they annoy my husband which is one of the reasons why the one in our den isn't super deep!


  1. Love deep-seated sofas. In graduate school, I lived with five other girls - one of them had a deep-seated sectional and we kept on falling asleep on it!! Soooo comfy (and dangerous if you're trying to finish a paper).

  2. The one in our den isn't deep enough either. We need to find a sofa for the playroom that can also function as a bed to be more flexible, so this is very helpful! Thanks!

  3. I LOVE, LOVE the Resto Belgian Shelter Arm sofa :) I love the deeper 41" seating, which makes it a perfect movie-watching/cuddling couch :)

  4. I absolutely the belgian shelter arm sofa, Im so tempted to get one ... just deciding if I should take the risk and purchase one and have it shipped to Melbourne, Australia hhhhmmmm