Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Joybird — The Apartment Therapy Sofa Squad


In our initial call out to readers asking for suggestions on what companies to test next for our Apartment Therapy Sofa Squad, an abundance of you identified Joybird as a brand you wanted to know more about, so we hiked on over to Los Angeles where the company is based and sat on their sofas with Apartment Therapy staffers and a (fantastic!) volunteer group of loyal readers. Check out our thoughts on the 17 models we tested.

A little info about Joybird:

Based in Los Angeles, Joybird is a direct-to-consumer, online-only furniture brand known for their large selection of modern and mid-century modern style sofas in happy colored textiles. Each of their pieces is made to order (most in about 6 weeks though for a surcharge, you can expedite production) and comes with a 365-day home trial (meaning within a full year, you can return the sofa, no questions asked). Fabric swatches are free to order (don’t miss their pet-friendly options if you have a furry mascot of your own), in-home and curbside delivery is a flat rate of $99 for orders over $999, and your furniture comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame. Plus, for each item sold, Joybird is committed to planting more trees than were used in the manufacturing of the specific item you buy so you can feel extra good about your purchase.

Briar Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,649
  • Available size: 90″w x 36″d x 35″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in sectional and armchair

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “The Briar is a nearly perfect sofa. Honestly if I didn’t have a new sofa, I’d consider buying this. The roll pillows are great for leaning against.” – Arlyn Hernandez, Design Editor

“This is my Goldilocks sofa. The seat seems like it would hold its shape well over time. It’s the best combination of soft and firm, elegant and relaxed. It’s mid-century modern style without trying to look like a reproduction.” – Libby E.

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,699
  • Available size: 84″w x 40″d x 34″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 10 leather options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in modular sectional, daybed, armchair, ottoman, loveseat, bench, and chaise

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “The seat is super deep, but it feels right for this style.” – Libby E.

“I like that this is soft yet structured.” – Kingsley B.

Astor Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,749
  • Available sizes: 80″w x 33.5″d x 27″h / 96″w x 33.5″d x 27″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in sleeper sofa, sectional, armchair, and loveseat

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “It’s a little firm and upright but in a way I really like.” – Michelle S.

“This would be great for company though I don’t know if I would want to binge watch on this sofa.” – Kingsley B.

“Nice neutral look and I like the piping and low profile. The arm rests are a good height. It’s soft and has a clean yet interesting look A little formal yet casual.” – Renee W.

Braxton Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,599
  • Available size: 90″w x 36″d x 35″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 10 leather options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in ottoman, modular sectional, loveseat, armchair, sleeper sofa, and bench

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “A little firm but not in a bad way, necessarily. The more I sat on this, the more I liked it.” – Arlyn Hernandez, Design Editor

“Perfect arm rest height and it has a nice look to it.” – Renée W.

“The cushions are a bit firm but I actually like it on this sofa. It feels supportive.” – Kingsley B.

Bryant Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $2,049
  • Available size: 96″w x 40″d x 26″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in modular sectional, ottoman, 2-piece loveseat, and chair and a half

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “I could see this being great for my boyfriend’s house.” – Michelle S.

“Wow was this a floppy sofa! If you’re looking for couch specifically to binge watch TV, this is for you. Could also be great as a guest bed if you remove the back cushions.” – Arlyn Hernandez, Design Editor

Delaney Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,599
  • Available size: 64″w x 33″d x 33″h / 84″w x 36″d x 33″h / 104″w x 36″d x 33″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 11 leather options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in sleeper sofa, armchair, ottoman, loveseat, daybed, twin sleeper, modular sectional, reversible sectional, sleeper sectional, apartment chair, bed, swivel chair, bench, and XL ottoman

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “Similar profile to the Briar but a but of a different feel. It’s soft when you plop down on it, but it’s super supportive. All the cushions are removable.” – Arlyn Hernandez, Design Editor

“If I had to pick between sitting and laying on this sofa, I’d nap in it all day.” – Michelle S.

Eliot Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,599
  • Available size: 64″w x 33″d x 33″h / 84″w x 36″d x 33″h / 104″w x 36″d x 33″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 11 leather options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in sleeper sofa, armchair, ottoman, loveseat, daybed, twin sleeper, modular sectional, reversible sectional, sleeper sectional, apartment chair, bed, swivel chair, bench, and XL ottoman

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “I could relax and feel attentive on this sofa, plus the arm height is great.” – Kingsley B.

“This sofa looks beautiful but it’s a little firm for me. The leather is really nice though, and smells good.” – Renée W.

Fitzgerald Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $2,049
  • Available size: 88″w x 34″d x 34″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 10 leather options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in loveseat, armchair, bench, swivel chair, ottoman, and modular sectional

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “Love the single cushion bench.” – Nancy L.

“Since there aren’t separate cushions, it seems like this would be easy to keep looking tidy. A little sterile looking for my tastes, though.” – Libby E.

Ellington Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,299
  • Available sizes: 74″w x 36″d x 31″h / 84″w x 36″d x 31″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in armchair, corner sectional and sectional with bumper

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “There are no back cushions (which I need for a sofa this deep). I guess it’s a good opportunity to DIY your look with throw pillows.” – Libby E.

“This is not a very heavy sofa, which I think could be good and bad. Overall, it’s a little firm and tight for me, but the brass legs are marvelous.” – Arlyn Hernandez, Design Editor

Hathaway Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,699
  • Available size: 89″w x 33.5″d x 30″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in loveseat and armchair

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “I would like this sofa in an office or formal space, but I would need a lot of throw pillows.” – Kinglsey B.

“I’d consider this for a second sofa since it’s a little too shallow for my everyday couch. The seat is soft and smooshy but also firm? It really is a gorgeous sofa, especially in that perfect blush.” – Arlyn Hernandez, Design Editor

Holloway Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,349
  • Available sizes: 61″w x 34″d x 34″h / 88″w x 34″d x 34″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in corner sectional, sectional with bumper and armchair

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “This sofa does not say ‘sit back and relax’, but it is fairly comfy for what it is. Seems like it would hold up well.” – Libby E.

“Of all the sofa’s tested, I liked the Holloway the best. It’d be good for a nap with a pillow even though it’s a little shallow. Plus, that green color is great!” – Michelle S.

Hopson Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,399
  • Available sizes: 64″w x 33″d x 33″h / 84″w x 36″d x 33″h / 104″w x 36″d x 33″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 10 leather options (for 64″ & 84″ sofas) / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in sleeper sofa, bed, apartment sectional with bumper, armchair, ottoman, sleeper sectional, sectional with bumper, apartment armchair, loveseat, reversible sectional, modular sectional, table top ottoman, swivel chair, XL ottoman, and bench

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “The arms are a little low but the back cushions on this one are great. Not a great napping sofa, though.” – Kingsley B.

“The Hopson is a contender for me. It’s sleek and simple but still comfortable. The seat cushions are aggressively plain, but the right fabric choice could make all the difference.” – Libby E.

Preston Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,299
  • Available sizes: 68″w x 35″d x 34″h / 86″w x 35″d x 34″h / 95″w x 35″d x 34″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 10 leather options (for 86″w sofa) / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in sectional, armchair, reversible sectional, ottoman, sectional with bumper, bench, and corner sectional

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “The look of the Preston is great but it’s pretty shallow.” – Renée W.

“Super soft back cushions, but agreed that it’s too shallow for how I like to sit on a sofa.” – Arlyn Hernandez, Design Editor

Serena Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,549
  • Available sizes: 87″w x 36″d x 32″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 10 leather options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in sectional with bumper, corner sectional, sectional, ottoman, armchair, loveseat and bench

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “I’m surprised how nap-able this is because sitting on it feels like I might slide off of it onto the floor because of the leather.” – Libby E.

“The French seams are beautiful. Love the single bench cushion and the styling would work well across many different aesthetics. The armrests don’t look like they’ll withstand rambunctious teenagers sitting on them though.” – Nancy L.

“It has a classic look that could easily be integrated into any room. It’s also a great mix of comfort and refinement, though it doesn’t have much bounce. This is my top pick.” – Jessica I.

Liam Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $2,549
  • Available size: 96″w x 38″d x 33″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 10 leather options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in loveseat, sectional, armchair, chaise, ottoman, modular sectional, and bench

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “I’m on the fence about this one. I love the look of the Liam and the seat cushions are great but the back is too firm and tight to relax fully.” – Kingsley B.

“Super plush! The back is pretty firm compared to the seat, so sitting upright isn’t as comfortable as laying down.” – Jessica I.

Hughes Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $1,399
  • Available sizes: 66″w x 34″d x 33.5″h / 90″w x 37″d x 33.5″h / 95″w x 36″d x 33.5″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 11 leather options (for 90″w sofa; 10 available for 66″w) / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in armchair, reversible sectional, ottoman, loveseat, apartment armchair, swivel chair, modular sectional, bed, bench, sleeper sofa, XL ottoman, daybed, table top ottoman, and sleeper sectional

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “This is what I think of when I hear ‘Joybird’. This is way more comfortable than it looks. Pleasantly surprised with this one!” – Arlyn Hernandez, Design Editor

“I liked the lean on the Hughes for lounging back.” – Renée W.

Welles Sofa

The Specs

  • Price(s): Starting at $2,549
  • Available size: 90″w x 34″d x 32″h
  • Available colors: 65 upholstery options / 10 leather options / 3 leg options
  • Additional notes: Style also available in armchair, bench, loveseat, ottoman, sectional, and sectional with bumper

The Rating

Tester’s Thoughts

→ “This is so sexy. The deep tufts might be a nightmare to clean, but what relationship is perfect?” – Nancy L.

“I liked this one. It has good bounce, but the back is a little too high for optimal napping.” – Jessica I.

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