Our Crate and Barrel Lounge ii sectional and family life!
Once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it. That’s why when we wanted a lounge sofa, we eventually ended up buying the same lounge sectional 3 times. This was the Crate and Barrel Lounge ii. 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 these Crate and Barrel Lounge II Sofa Reviews!
Want a Lounge Couch? We have owned 3! My Detailed Crate and Barrel Lounge II Sectional Review
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I first sat down on a Lounge couch while browsing Crate and Barrel years ago. I wasn’t even sofa shopping, but I came across it and sat right down. I sank into the deep couch cushions and thought “This is what a REAL family has in their home”.
Of course, I was much more “real” with my craigslist, juice stained couch at home. But sitting on the Lounge sofa, I could envision it holding up to our every day life- sippy cups, kids jumping, our big dog, cuddles on the couch, etc.
Crate and Barrel Lounge II
If you have not sat on this sofa in store, and are looking for more than a review but also a description, here are the details you need:
The lounge couch comes in various sizes- apartment to grande size sectional. In my opinion, the lounge II blows a lot of other sectional sofas for sale out of the water because of its durability. 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!
Update: Our Living Room As It Looks Today:
What’s Up With The Lounge II Petite?
The petite version of the Lounge is just a tad less deep. This is not what we own, but if you like your feet to touch the ground, or you don’t want to lounge to the maximum, you should consider the petite version. 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 couch. 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 Our Lounge Couch
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.
We were of course looking for highly durable. There are several in stock fabrics that are durable- and more that are special order. 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 Crate and Barrel Sectional
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. This is the exact sofa we bought with the exact color, fabric and dimensions listed. Steel is a neutral but more of a blue-gray.
I was SO in love with this sofa: the fabric, the sleek design, the whole thing. I knew right away I would not have to worry about my kids staining the sofa. The color is on trend but also dark enough, it would be hard to stain.
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 Lounge II 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 told 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 – THAT BRAND NEW TRIM – of our play room door – YES, YES, THAT BRAND NEW DOOR – because it was about an inch too small.
Although I never want to repeat that experience, we fit the sofa into the playroom! The next day we had our contractors come back to fix the door, trim, walls, and repaint. You live and learn!
(Take a tour of our playroom with the lounge sofa in it here!)
Our Second Crate and Barrel Lounge ii
We wanted a second crate and barrel lounge ii when we moved into our new 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 lounge sectional 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 Taft, Cement fabric and color (the link brings you to the exact sofa we bought with the dimensions).
This random photo was from a few days after the delivery men dropped it off. Had I known I would be writing a review years later, I might have taken a better photo!
We owned this particular Lounge 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 large back cushions do not sag, they hold their shape. I fluff them out every few months. This is just a really well made sofa.
The worst thing that has happened to our lounge 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- but we have gotten juice, dog throw up, etc. At the bottom of this post I talk about how I have managed to get all of that off this fabric!
Our 3rd Lounge Sofa: The 3 Piece Lounge Sectional
About a year after the purchase my husband and I agree that the room felt half empty, and we wanted to go bigger. There was no sofa shopping- we wanted the exact same sofa, with the same Taft/Cement fabric, just bigger. So we put our current Lounge sofa on Craigslist, sold it immediately, and used those funds towards the larger sofa. This is the 3 Piece Sectional Lounge II we went with, with the exact color and dimensions listed. My personal opinion is that the colors look more realistic in my photos than the website.
See the space between the sections? The alligator teeth under the sofa are separated here. When my kids jump on the couch repeatedly (they’re not supposed to but you better believe they do it anyways) the alligator teeth sometimes slide apart. The dog is not supposed to be on the sofa but he also pretends he doesn’t know. No stains.
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!
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What I Dislike About This Lounge Sofa
The toss pillows the sofa comes with flatten out over time. After a year or so they are deflated and unexciting, no matter how much you fluff them. Eventually, I switched all the toss pillows it came with for my own throw pillows anyways. I think it’s cuter like that anyways, don’t you?
Some reviews mentioned feathers coming out in an annoying or painful way. We haven’t experienced any of that.
My Biggest Secret About The Crate and Barrel Lounge ii
This is the main reason I am writing Crate and Barrel Lounge II Sofa Reviews. The store won’t tell you to do this, but I have actually zipped off a cushion cover that needed extra care and washed it in my washing machine. I had a child lose her lunch on the playroom sofa. I unzipped the cover, sprayed stain removed on it, and threw it in the wash on cold and delicate. I recommend closing the zipper up before you wash so that the zipper doesn’t get damaged in the washing machine. I air dry the cover– do not use a dryer or the cover could shrink. No damage at all to the fabric- it comes out beautifully!
I wouldn’t recommend you do this often- I certainly don’t treat this like a slipcover, but it’s a great trick to keep in your back pocket when desperate!
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