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Listen, I appreciate a look-don't-touch, sit-never-lounge luxury couch as much as the next art-history lover. But, when we're talking about my own space and the sofa I want to own for the rest of my life, it's always a pit sofa.
Ok, but... What is a pit sofa? Really, it's a sofa that has a middle. You and your lounging company can all lay out, nobody's gotta sit upright. That said, pretty much all pit sofas are modular. Ok, what does modular mean? The middle part or parts can be taken out to make a classic U-shaped sectional.
Few have the space for such massive sofas, and I'm horribly jealous of those people. My apartment can't even fit an L-shaped sofa or sectional, I'm trapped in the two to three-seat world, a tragedy. That said, I've luckily been able to try out an insane amount of furniture under the guise of "doing my job." Cheap sofas, reclining sofas, chesterfields, and outdoor sofas—all of 'em. But, if I really had the space in my dream mid-century home in the hills, I'd only buy a pit sofa. Something big, comfortable, and perfect for lounging all day reading or watching movies. If you're here, I assume you're the same, and you might actually have the space for it, congrats. I'm going to (graciously, with no malice in my heart) pass on my sofa knowledge and industry connections to you. I've seen and felt a million, but these are the best pit sofas that are 100 percent worth your money.
When combining looks, feel, and price, Albany Park always. came out on top of my list. The pit sofa category isn't short on comfort, but the Kova's plush cushions and moveable pillows stood above everything else.
Modular Sectional Sofa
Buying furniture on Amazon sounds sketchy, but these days, it's one of the best places to do your home shopping, honestly. This pit sofa is affordable and easy to put together. Plus, there's some hidden storage in the ottomans.
Sure, the looks aren't the most outstanding, but for price, convenience, and comfort, you can't beat this.
Modular Corner Sectional
For pure value, it's this pit sofa from Wade Logan at Wayfair. As with every model on this list, the middle ottoman is modular, and can be taken out for more standard seating.
It's a no frills sofa: reasonably comfortable, inoffensive in design, and super affordable.
Range 6-Piece Sectional Lounger
Despite doing most of its early—and some current—marketing on podcasts, Burrow makes incredible sofas. So incredible, that they've popped up in the Esquire Home Awards. Not bad for the podcast couches.
And wouldn't you know it, they make an incredible pit sofa as well. We're naming it the Most Comfortable option, not just because it's physically comfortable, but it's well within the comfort zone of most people's home design. The shape is contemporary—handsome but not flashy, and the colors are muted. Though we really love the Moss Green that's pictured.
If that Burrow couch only looks mildly comfortable, make the jump to Lovesac. The brands are in the same couch in a box category, but Lovesac is the market's turbo comfort option.
This pit sofa is huge, plush, and made for rainy days with movie marathons. For something that's not exactly designer, the price tag might seem offensive ($17,000 for some leather options!) but trust me its not. I have never laid on a sofa that's more comfortable than this in my entire life.
Faible Sectional Sofa
Ok... CB2, our favorite mid-century inspired retailer, doesn't stock any ready-made pit sofas. However, several of the sectional models have a "Design Your Own" feature that allows you to create a pit sofa with the brands top-tier designs.
My favorite combo of beautiful mid-century design and practical comfort was this Faible. If you build it out as a pit sofa with two extra ottomans, it'll run you about $7,000. Sounds pricey, but as one of the best looking options on the list, it's well worth it.
Mario Bellini Sofa
This is a top of the line luxury sofa, a piece of art history. I've written about it a bunch in our home section, but for a refresher: Mario Bellini has MoMA retrospectives, and this is his most famous piece of furniture. This is one of the most iconic designs to come out of a Postwar Italy that was flooded with iconic design.
Not only is the Bellini sofa visually striking, it's insanely comfortable, and with a modular setup, it's easy to turn into a pit sofa. For example, if you live in a city apartment, I suggest you buy this two-seater version. Then, buy two extra ottomans in the same upholstery. All told, you'll pay about $5,000—pricey, but reasonable within the category—and have a truly iconic piece of furniture.
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