I Tried It: Castlery Jonathan Sofa

There’s no white-glove delivery, but that’s totally fine because of how easy it is to put the sofa together. When the boxes were dropped off, I was anticipating an IKEA-like assembly, but nope—everything was assembled for me, all I needed to do was remove the Bubble Wrap and slide the two couch components together. I assembled this by myself with no assistance. My partner got home and said, “Are you freaking kidding me?” But he didn’t realize just how simple it was. The sofa came in three boxes: the left side, right side, and ottoman. I probably could’ve used my partner’s help getting the enormous seats out of the boxes, but I’m stubborn, prideful, and a glutton for pain.

After delivery

What are the dimensions? How does it fit in your space? Would it be better suited for a different type of home?

The dimensions for the sofa are 89.8″W x 39.4″D x H27.6″H. The ottoman’s measurements are 36.6″W x 30.7″D x 15″H. Overall, this fits well in our space! We weren’t too worried just because it’s a very manageable, apartment-friendly size. I think because the configuration we chose is on the smaller side, it may look a little strange in a sprawling living room, but in a space that has smaller rooms and many walls, it’s quite cozy.

Sit Test: Is it comfortable? Does it feel well made? Does the chair have a tendency to sag?

I love a firm couch, and this is a firm couch—but it’s still overstuffed, which not only makes it look warm and welcoming, it feels like a supportive pillow underneath my tush. I think the ugliest thing a sofa can be is saggy, so I certainly appreciate the overstuffed, extra tall cushions. As soon as I put this couch together, I told my partner to please cook dinner so I could keep sitting on it. I spent the entire first night in various positions: Sitting, lying on my back, lying on my belly, and snuggling. Only reluctantly did I get up when it was time for bed.

Lay test: Is it comfortable? Does it feel well made? Does the chair have a tendency to sag?

Like I said, this is a firm couch, so I didn’t sink into it but rather floated on top of it. It’s buoyant and certainly quite comfortable, especially on my back, which tends to hurt more when I lay on soft mattresses or sofas.

Is the chair suitable for particular decor styles and, if so, which?

This is a versatile couch. The creamy sand hue lends it to a Scandi-style home, and it could also be a minimalist’s dream. It is low to the ground and seems to be inspired by midcentury silhouettes.

Is it durable and practical in a modern home?

The durability mostly remains to be seen. I’m hopeful that the performance fabric really is strong and not just marketing. It’s certainly practical for apartment dwellers, especially with the detached ottoman. My partner and I can snuggle on it comfortably, but it can easily seat four when we’re entertaining. It’s a modular sofa too, so you can add seats and configure it any which way.

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