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I write to you from the plush, indulgent comfort of my Sac. Truth be told, there's nothing I prioritize more than comfort in my home. Every piece of bedding I have is silk; my couch is a leather that’s so worn and malleable, it’s difficult to not nap whenever I’m on it; and on every sittable surface, from my patent leather barstools to my crocheted hammock, there’s a certain softness that makes my home feel, well, homey.
I’ll never understand people who adhere to Kardashianic minimalism, with hardly a cushion or pillow or fuzzy throw blanket in sight. The horror! When I’m in my home, I want, more than anything, to relax. I want every surface I sit on to feel softer than a cotton candy cloud. I don't want my guests to have to compete for the "best seat," because every seat is the "best seat." And I want it all to be visually appealing, too—if I didn’t, I’d just litter pillows across my living room floor. As it is, there’s a better solution. The Lovesac.
Maybe you’ve seen Lovesac’s stores in the mall, maybe you’ve seen an Instagram ad. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a friend with a Lovesac in their home, so you’ve experienced the ultra-plush softness for yourself. Lovesac coins themselves as “The World’s Most Comfortable Seat,” and after having mine for a few months, I’m inclined to wholeheartedly agree.
There are many things you should know before getting a Lovesac, from size to set-up. But first: What the hell is a Lovesac? Let me dispel a rumor that I, quite frankly, find offensive: A Lovesac is not a beanbag! After getting mine, I was on a walk with a friend, listing the merits of the Lovesac. I strongly recommended he get one, to which he replied, “I would, but I don’t want a beanbag in my home.” Unless you’re a college freshman, you don’t want a beanbag in your home either. And the Lovesac is not—and never has been—bean-based. Instead, these cloud-like cushions are made from repurposed foam, which not only looks and feels more elegant and expensive than beanbags do, but is also way nicer to the environment.
When you go to the Lovesac website and pick your Sac, you have a lot of decisions to make, starting with size. But honestly—building your Sac is such fun. There are Sacs to fit every space, from small (the CitySac, which is about three feet wide and seats one person) to massive (the BigOne, which is about six feet wide and seats four people). As someone who lives in a New York City apartment that’s in need of space, I opted for the mid-sized 4’ x 4’ MovieSac, which can fit two people cozily, or one person very comfortably.
I’ll admit it: I was scared. I didn’t know how the Lovesac would arrive at my apartment or how I’d set it up, much less where I’d set it up. But it was all too easy. The Lovesac arrives in a (large) box, but it’s all squashed down in a zipped bag, so when you open it, you have to let it breathe for about a day. It’s fun to break up the foam inside and see the cushion spread out; even better when you go to sleep and wake up the next morning and it’s doubled in size, like bread rising.
Once the Sac has fully expanded, you can put the cover on. I opted for a Custom velvet cover, which took about 8 weeks to be shipped (the Quick-Ship covers are fewer in design, but faster to arrive). Let me tell you: This velvet is soft as hell. It’s not thick and rough the way some velvet is, but instead, short-haired and smooth, perfect for curling up on. If you prefer other covers, though, they have fabrics including chenille, bouclé, faux fur, denim, twill, tweed, microsuede, polylinen, and more, in a wide expanse of solid colors and funky prints.
I’m sure you have a couch you love, and maybe even an armchair or two. Well, this is better. The Sac is made for lounging in; I watch TV and movies in it, I read in it, I work in it. You can lie all the way down in it like it’s a human-sized dog bed, or you can sit upright, which is admittedly harder; the lumbar support is there, especially with the help of a throw pillow, but when presented with the option to recline, you’re gonna recline. Many of Lovesac’s Sac images are people getting snuggly and cozy and napping on the Sacs, and honestly, I’m starting to think that those are candids.
Unlike what I’d imagine a beanbag to feel like, the Sac has all the strength and durability of a sofa. You end up being about as high up on it as you might be on a sofa, and you’re nowhere near feeling the ground underneath your body. You can spread out as much as you want to without fear of falling off; when I’m centered on my MovieSac, there’s at least a foot or two of space on all sides of me. And don't even think for a minute that you'll hear that tell-tale, cheap-sounding, beanbag rustle that lesser options would give whenever you shift around.
Let me address the elephant in the room: The size of my Lovesac. It really is the elephant in my living room. Yes, it’s big, but if you can make it work with the space you have, it’s so worth it. The Sac is pretty squishy, so you can try and squeeze it in a corner if you need to, but when it sits untouched on all sides is when it can truly expand to its fullest, roomiest, comfiest self. Speaking of roomy, though—the sizes on the site really aren’t exaggerating. Not many urban homes will have the space for a Sac, so make sure you measure precisely before ordering yours.
The great thing about the Sacs, though, is that they really aren’t an eyesore. Their covers are all stylish, and if you pick one that goes with your home or stands out—like my Dalmatian-print cover—it turns into a centerpiece, a conversation-starter.
Yes, they are pricey, but no pricier than a couch, or an investment armchair. Plus, the covers are completely removable and machine washable—changing your decor? No problem! You can’t exactly swap sofas, but you sure can swap your Sac cover to match the new aesthetic.
And, hey—I don’t know where you’re reading this story from. Maybe it’s an office chair that swivels and kind of makes your ass sore every few hours. Maybe it’s a couch in your living room that you love. I don’t like to presume, but here’s what I’ll guarantee—you’d be much happier reading it on a Lovesac.
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