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How to Shop for the Most Comfortable Couch [Buying Guide]

by Pam Silvia

Whether you’ve been wanting to spruce up your living room décor or are looking to replace your sagging couch, our catalog is filled to the brim with options that are sure to showcase your style and personality — so, why delay happiness? We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Your living room is where you spend quality time with your loved ones, so the value, look, and function of your furniture in this space are very important.

At Great American Home Store, we offer couches and other living room seating to suit any style. From farmhouse to mid-century modern, and more, our catalog has living room couches that exude the aesthetic you always wanted. Because it is where your loved ones usually gather, your couch can literally set the tone for relaxation and congregation, so you better make it the best seat in the house. Check out our buying guide to discover tips for buying the most comfortable couch.

young woman using her cellphone while relaxing on comfy couch

At a Glance:

Best Types of Couches

Best Brands for Couches

What to Look for When Buying a New Couch

Tips for Buying a New Couch


Where to Buy a Couch

Types of Couches

Before we delve into the top couch brands, best couch features, our shopping tips, and consumers’ frequently asked questions, let’s take a look at popular living room seats:


gray living room sofa by Mayo Furniture

There is nothing quite like unwinding on your couch after a long day. With countless upholstery options and sizes in every style you can imagine, the sofa is often the focal point of your living room design. The most comfortable sofas are fitted with springs and tailored cushions made from various materials. Given that the living room is where loved ones assemble, your choice of sofa should be thoughtfully considered.

Best For: Mid-sized households with a closed or semi-open floor plan


brown living room sectional by Albany Industries

When you need to spread out, look no further than a comfortable sectional couch. No matter your preferences — between contemporary or traditional, reclining or stationary, chaise or standard, fabric or leather, 2-piece or 5-piece, sectionals provide endless comfort with ample room to sprawl out. Whether you prefer a traditional sectional or a modular set, your living room’s design and layout are in your hands. Whereas a modular sectional set gives you total configurable freedom, a traditional sectional has considerably less involvement, as these models are often L-shaped or U-shaped.

Best For: Large families and large open-concept living rooms

Reclining Couches

gray reclining couch by Cheers

Everyone lounges in their own way, but reclining couches have your back when it comes to relaxing. Across all brands and configurations, the most comfortable recliners come in a variety of styles and sizes. From manual recline levers to multiple power-recline options to handheld remote controls to even built-in USB charging ports, there is an abundance of recliner features that are sure to meet your requirements for relaxation.

Best For: Shoppers with a more flexible budget and homeowners that require more lumbar support

Learn More: The Ideal Types of Living Room Chairs

Best Couch Brands

Check out these profiles of the best couch brands Great American Home Store has to offer:

England Furniture

Whether you’re hosting family game night, weekly movie nights, or just enjoy entertaining, your living room needs to be company-ready. The most important requirement is having the most comfortable couch for everyone to relax on. Thankfully, there are England Furniture sofas. England Furniture has been crafting quality upholstered furniture in the quiet foothills of East Tennessee since 1964. Today, the company continues to be recognized for using the highest-quality materials and shortest build cycle, but what is the England difference? Well, England Furniture’s dedicated and skilled Tennessee craftsmen and craftswomen build each piece of furniture custom for your home so that it lasts a lifetime. With over 500 fabrics and leathers to choose from, England Furniture offers the broadest selection, along with countless combinations, to help homeowners create something special and uniquely suited for their spaces.

Corinthian Furniture

Are you giving your living room a makeover? Tired of sitting on the same lumpy couch every day? Corinthian Furniture has the perfect living room couch to renew your space. Based in Corinth, Mississippi, Corinthian, Inc. specializes in offering a variety of stationary and motion seating groups of quality construction that will fit into any home's décor. With over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Corinthian is an American furniture company you can trust to provide comfortable, affordable couches made with quality materials.

Steve Silver Co

Whether you're looking for a contemporary design, traditional sentiments, or a mixture of both, there is a Steve Silver Co sofa that matches the couch of your dreams. Founded in 1983, Steve Silver Company is an industry-leading importer of dining, living, bedroom, home office, and outdoor furniture. The company operates from a 900,000 square foot, state-of-the-art warehouse, and distribution facility in Forney, Texas in addition to extensive overseas sourcing and quality control expertise, with several overseas offices across the globe.

Couch Features to Look for Before Buying

couple at a furniture store choosing fabrics for new couch

Frame: Solid Hardwood

Hardwoods are sourced from broad-leafed deciduous trees, such as oak, maple, and cherry walnut. As far as furniture making goes, this type of wood is stronger and does not bend or dent as easily as softwoods from evergreen trees or engineered woods like plywood.

As you assess product specifications for different couches, look for kiln-dried solid hardwood frames. Since wood can hold a lot of moisture when it is first harvested, a kiln-dried frame ensures that 93 percent of the wood’s moisture is removed compared to when it is air-dried. Most importantly, a kiln-dried hardwood sofa frame is considered a safe bet for durability, so you can enjoy many years of happy lounging.

Cushions: Feathers and Foam

When it comes to a comfy couch, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Foam or fiber fillings provide a light firmness but may flatten over time while feather fillings rank high on comfort but will require regular plumping. The solution, therefore, is scoping out a couch with a combination of feather and foam filling so you can reap the squishy benefits of the feathers and the structural support of the foam. Better yet, find a couch with foam-filled seat cushions and feather-filled back cushions.

Upholstery: Consider Your Lifestyle

While a living room design that looks straight out of Architectural Digest sounds irresistible, remember that your home is a dwelling, not a museum. So, when you are furnishing a common space, you must ask yourself, “How will this piece of furniture be used?” and “Is it beneficial to my family circumstances?”

For example, if you have a hyperactive puppy, you might want to avoid a leather sectional. Likewise, if you’ve got a young Picasso, then a white linen sofa is a bad idea. In either of these cases, you may want stain-resistant performance fabric for your couch.

Whether you go for bold, patterned, or neutral upholstery, your choice of fabric will have a huge impact on the room, so choose carefully to ensure it fits with your room’s color palette and overall design. Consider placement here, too, as natural materials are likely to fade under strong sunlight. We recommend a synthetic material if the couch will be placed near a window.

Tips for Buying a New Couch

Try before you buy. In your search for the most comfortable sofa, you truly won’t know that it is the most suitable option until you sit on it for some time. While most furniture retailers can process returns for online purchases, trying a product in the store will save you time and labor.

Measure your room and entryway. Don’t forget to measure the dimensions of the room you hope to fill with your new couch. A room mockup will help you determine if the couch can fit in your room without it lending to an obstructed traffic flow or crowded appearance. Checking and double-checking your room’s measurements in addition to your entryway’s hallway dimensions will ensure a compatible purchase and a smooth delivery into your home.

Read customer reviews. Product reviews from shoppers will indicate whether the couch looks and feels as advertised. While one bad review shouldn’t necessarily deter you from a purchase, we recommend steering clear of any products with several bad reviews that indicate poor construction or issues with use.

Resist going too trendy. Regardless of how modern or attractive a couch looks, keep in mind that you will have to live with it (and often, on it) for years to come. As is the case with fashion fads, it is possible to live to regret buying into certain home décor trends.

Shop local. Too often, furniture sourced from big-box stores is not manufactured for the long haul. Since these products are mass-produced, they may not be built with the same level of care as tactful, well-practiced hands. For products that stand the test of time, put your trust in handcrafted furniture from local businesses (including yours truly).

Comfortable Couch FAQs

young woman in casual wear resting on blue sofa and smiling while surfing on mobile phone at home

Here are some popular questions prospective customers have asked:

Q1. What is a good depth for a sofa?

While a good depth for a sofa depends on your height, 20 to 22 inches tends to be the ideal range for most people to sit up comfortably. For reference, an average sofa’s seat depth ranges from 21 to 24 inches, although there are many options outside of that range.

Q2. Are low sofas comfortable?

If you are looking for a more relaxed shape for your couch, then low-back sofas are ideal for slouching and lying back. That said, many high-back sofas can be very comfortable.

Q3. How can I make my sofa more comfortable?

To make your sofa the most comfortable couch it can be, you can add cozy accessories like a soft blanket and fluffy throw pillows. Alternatively, you may choose to add foam inserts into your zippered couch cushions to restore plumpness or add a sofa slipcover to cover up rough upholstery.

Learn More: How Much is a Couch, Really?

Why Trust Great American Home Store?

Boasting the largest selection of in-stock home furnishings in the Mid-South, the Great American Home Store is your one-stop shop to find all the furniture and décor items your home needs. Our buying team is constantly searching across the globe for the next hot style in home fashion products. We go to several markets a year comparison-shopping to ensure you’ll be able to find everything from formal living to casual comfort at the lowest prices. Since our business is backed by the manufacturer, we can promise that we bring you all your furniture needs at prices that are far below our competitors.

At the Great American Home Store, we also understand the importance of offering a vast selection for any size budget. We offer many flexible financing options with approved credit so that you can find the perfect furnishings to reflect your unique style.

Shop Couches at Great American Home Store

The home of your dreams is closer than you think. Shop couches online or visit us today at one of our furniture stores in Memphis, TN, and the Mid-South. Check out our website to shop local furniture sales and subscribe to our email list to be the first to learn about our special offers. Our experts at Great American Home Store are always happy to help you find the most comfortable couch for your home — just call us at 800-260-4898 or use our online chat feature. Contact us today!

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