Sofa or Couch in Your Home Office?

I’m now looking for a super-comfy sofa for my home office. I think this will provide a much-needed break for my legs as I spend most of it standing up for my current standing desk setup.

I want something that can double as a spot where I can create amazing content with my Macbook Air on my lap while at the same time being a really nice spot to have a nap when I want to. I want something “oldish” and “vintagy” (is that a word) from a stylistic perspective.

If you’ve got any suggestions or examples or links – I’ll take ‘em! I think my office will be generally recreated into a super-lounge-like area (or something like that).

Well, actually, I’m not completely sold on that yet but it’s probably going to head in that direction I believe. Shoot me your links, examples, images, etc!

[This is part of the Problogger Home Office Series.]

  • Max

    Hey John – This is awesome. Saw your tweet and was going to recommend a standing desk but looks like you’ve already upgraded. I just set up my own standing desk work station and love it. Now I just need to get a couch as well…

    • John Saddington


  • James Brooks

    I have two sofas in my home office and LOVE it! Definitely a worthwhile investment!

    • John Saddington


  • Jil

    I’m not quite sure of the layout, or size of your home office, but I’m assuming it’s not large enough for a sectional.
    I find microsuede works well for most of my clients, it’s usually padded on the arms – for kicking back and relaxing- and cleans up well. I’d go with a neutral colour – perhaps gray? That way you can change the colors on your walls anytime and can always punch things up with a few colorful accent pillows.
    Personally, I like the idea of a reclining sofa for you. Lazyboy makes a great one The new reclining sofas don’t take up as much room as they used to, they are manufactured to only need a few inches behind the couch for the seat to recline back towards.

    • John Saddington

      there were a few pictures of the areas in previous posts. have you seen those?

  • Kristin

    I agree with Jil… microsuede ROCKS if you have kids… my kids have thoroughly tested some out, and even if your kids won’t be on them much… it’s comfy and you won’t beat yourself up if you spill coffee on them one day…

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  • Brad Kinder

    Great idea John. We added a loveseat to our home office. It’s a place in the room I like to think and jot down notes instead of sitting in the office chair. I have also taken one nap there. :)

    • John Saddington

      yes. it needs to be nap-ready!

  • Jil

    After looking at the photos/video again, it seems it’s actually a fairly large space. Have you decided where to place your standing desk for sure? Seems placement by the window makes sense. Then you could have a large reclining couch on the opposite side (looking at the fireplace – desk on right, couch on left), if there is enough room along that you need another chair as well? Finally a large rug would help pull it all together. Paint out the old bricks white to match the built-ins beside it. Pick up on one of the colours of the rug, use this colour as the wall colour. I can see it all now – beautiful!

    • John Saddington

      i’m not sold on anything at this point…. totally an open book as i move forward!