Published on February 19, 2020

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Maximalists, look away. Today we’re spotlighting a trustworthy staple: the brown sofa. What was once reserved for your dad’s man cave in the basement or as the landing pad for gamers in a frat house has officially been reclaimed by design geeks.

The chocolate-colored couch’s power lies within its ability to transform a house into a cozy hideaway. We’ve rounded up our favorite sofas, from leather investment buys to mahogany-hued upholstered numbers, that get 10 out of 10 for both aesthetics and comfort—the ultimate living room centerpieces. You can thank us later.

Made from recycled leather and consisting of three separate pieces (four if you can’t resist the ottoman), this movie-night–worthy set is made for relaxing—and then rearranging at a moment’s notice. 

If CB2’s relaxed leather sofa looks straight out of a men’s magazine, that’s because it was designed by one. GQ delivers a couch you’ll want to pluck right from its site, if not for the buttery sheen then for those vintage-inspired block feet. 

The age-old Chesterfield gets a modern spin with a sleek iron base, more proof that the marriage of classic and contemporary is a no-brainer.

Mod sofa shoppers hoping to introduce a ’60s seating moment into their living space can rest easy (literally) with this curvaceous caramel style.

We love a good trend meet-cute. Ribbing and leather couple up to produce a couch made for solo stretching (it’s almost seven feet long!), cuddling, or football Sunday with a crowd.

This family-friendly choice comes in top-grain leather with a solid-pine frame. Despite its firm appearance, it’s cushy enough for a catnap. 

The Grant sofa’s coffee color, wide frame, and extra-plush cushions with top-stitching will warm up a minimalist space without taking away from the serene vibes. 

With rolled arms, brass detailing, and delicate solid oak feet, this is the sofa version of a 1920s cigar club chair.

Inspired by famous Italian architect Carlo de Carli, the Sella sofa’s cushions are filled with feathers—it’s so comfortable you’ll almost forget about that deadline you sat down to tackle. Not to mention, the muted brown leather appears almost gray, giving it chameleon status in any space.

You’ll sink right into this bubble-esque sofa, plus the soft leather will patina with time, making it a one-of-a kind piece where every scuff tells a story.

For the couples that think a love seat is too small but a three-seater is too chunky, we present to you the in-between: an almost-five-feet-long piece with arms sturdy enough for head propping.

If leather isn’t your thing, opt for a rich cocoa fabric to create a similarly luxe effect. The Replay sofa’s upholstered back has lots of give, creating a custom (and cozy) seating experience for each lounger. 

See more living room inspo:
Pink Sofas Are Our Favorite Living Room Eye Candy
13 Chaises I Dream of Elegantly Sprawling On
12 Coffee Tables That Will Transform Your Living Room

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