Once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it. That’s why we currently own two of Crate and Barrel’s Lounge II sofas – but in total we have owned THREE in various sizes and colors. With four kids, a giant dog, plus a husband who occasionally eats on the sofa- have confidence in my qualifications to write a Lounge II Review!
I first sat down on a Lounge II sofa while browsing Crate and Barrel years ago. I sank into the deep pillows and thought “This is what a REAL family has in their home”. Of course I was much more “real” with my craigslist, permanent marker graffitied, juice stained sofa. But sitting on the Lounge II, I could envision it holding up to our every day life- sippy cups, kids jumping, our big dog, cuddles on the couch, etc.
Crate & Barrel’s Lounge II Review
If you have not sat on this sofa in store, and are looking for more than a review but also a description, here goes: It comes in various sizes- apartment to grande size. It is incredibly deep and the kind of sofa you just sink into. The cushions are durable and they are not attached to the couch. The covers can be unzipped off the cushion. The family friendly Taft fabric is thick, textured, and each color is woven of several different shades of the same color, so it hides stains. Clearly it is meant for lounging, because your feet won’t touch the ground. This sofa just checks off all the boxes!
The petite version of the Lounge II comes in all the same sizes but is a tad less deep. This is not what we own, but if you like your feet to touch the ground you should consider the petite Lounge II. My parents are in their 60s and they don’t like to sit on a sofa with their feet up. When my mom visits us, she puts a pillow behind her back on our regular Lounge II sofa. She prefers to sit up straight at all times. For someone like her, or if you like your feet to touch the ground, I would suggest going with the petite.
What We Wanted In A Sofa
We wanted a sofa with a low profile back, because the back would face the entrance to our room. Most sofas were about 5+ inches taller! I also didn’t want a sofa with tufting or anything extra that would go out of style; I loved the clean lines on the Lounge II.
We were of course looking for highly durable. We want 10 years minimum out of our sofa. Our floorpan is open to the kitchen and there are 4 of those kids! Even when they aren’t eating- their hands and faces are sticky, like, for most of their life.
Our First Lounge II
We finally made the plunge and bought our very own Lounge II 2 Piece Sectional, in the family friendly Taft fabric. We went with Steel color. Steel is a neutral but more of a blue-gray. Now we would be a real family! Just kidding.
The sofa is about 3 years old in this photo. Looks brand new, right?
Upon arrival, the cushions look super puffed up and feel slightly firm, but within a few days they mellow out to be their normal selves.
The sectional has alligator teeth on the bottom that hold the sections together.
Here is a tip- make sure it fits through your doors – even the interior doors – before you buy! Why is this important? Because when we moved into our newly built home and brought this sofa with us, we found ourselves telling our moving guys (who had just carried this massive sofa up to the 3rd floor of our home!) to pick up a mallet and hack at the trim – THE BRAND NEW TRIM – of our play room door – YES, YES, THAT BRAND NEW DOOR – because it was about an inch too small. Talk about dramatic. I ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK AND DIED. I can STILL hear the noise of the mallet coming full force at my brand new walls, while I watched.
Although I never want to repeat that experience again ever, it ended okay. We fit the sofa into the playroom, and we had our contractors come back to fix the door, trim, and walls.
Our Second Lounge II
While moving into our next home, I was so impressed with the Taft fabric I was ready to commit to the lighter Cement color for our new living room. I bought the new sofa before our home was even built yet, and scheduled it for delivery the day after move in!
We went again with this 2 piece sectional, and did the Cement color.
This random photo was from a few days after the delivery men dropped it off. Had I known I would be writing a Lounge II review years later, I might have taken a better photo!
We owned this particular Lounge ii sofa for a year. It is about 1 year old in the above photo. No regrets on the color, even being so close to the kitchen! The back cushions do not sag, they hold their shape. I fluff them out every few months.
The worst thing that has happened to this sofa is when someone ate chocolate ice cream and then proceeded to face plant right on the cushion. The guilty kid must have ran off, becuase I found it later when it was dried. Chocolate stains, right? But after dabbing gently at the chocolate with a damp rag, it all came up. Something about the Taft texture allows food – even staining food – to be whisked off. We have not spilled anything like red wine or red juice on it though. Now that I wrote that sentence down, it is bound to happen soon!!
Our 3rd Lounge II
Our living room is more spacious in our new home. My husband and I agreed (about a year after the purchase) that the room felt empty, and we wanted to go bigger. There was no sofa shopping- we wanted the exact same sofa, just bigger. So we put our current Lounge II on Craigslist, sold it immediately, and used those funds towards the larger 3 Piece Sectional Lounge II.
See the space between the sections? The alligator teeth under the sofa are separated here. When my kids jump on the couch (they’re not supposed to but you better believe they do it anyways) the alligator teeth slide apart.
Our sofa is almost a year old in these photos.
For a family of 6 and a spacious living room, this 3 piece sectional was the perfect fit!
What I Dislike
Is a review even a review if you don’t have a complaint? The toss pillows the sofa comes with flatten out over time. After a year or so they are flat and unexciting, no matter how much you try and fluff them. Eventually I switched all the toss pillows it came with for my own throw pillows.
My Biggest Secret About The Lounge II
Crate & Barrel won’t tell you to do this, but I have actually zipped off the cushion covers and washed them in my washing machine. I found this out when a potty training child peed on the playroom sofa. I unzipped the cover, threw it in the wash on delicate, then air dried it. No damage at all to the fabric- it came out beautifully! I wouldn’t do this often, but it’s a good trick to keep in your back pocket.
I hope my review of the Lounge II was helpful! Happy sofa shopping!
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