When I first moved to New York I had a tiny apartment, an even tinier paycheck, and a desperate need for somewhere to sit, sleep, eat, and entertain (preferably all in one; my studio apartment was the size of a large dog kennel). I bought this futon with all the money from my first paycheck, mostly out of desperation, fully expecting to upgrade the minute my life got some sort of stability. It’s been two years since that original purchase and my life is sliiightly more on track, but I can’t get myself to trade in my futon. I purchased it absolutely planning on donating it to the nearest dumpster the minute I could afford to do so. It was so cheap, and as a piece of furniture from Amazon, I couldn’t imagine it being something I would ever be able to stand long-term, let alone love. But like the ending of every Richard Curtis movie ever, I fell for it.
The sofa itself is genuinely aesthetically pleasing. It manages to perfectly blend the Emeco side chair my husband brought into our marriage with the Ikea bookshelves I’ve had since I was 18. The material is incredibly easy to clean (which, as a pet owner, is a huge priority for me), and it hasn’t lost its brightness in the two years I’ve spent actively crushing Cheetos into its crevices. It’s perfectly comfortable to sit on, and before our bed arrived, I slept on it for a full two months without needing to see a chiropractor once. I love the simplicity in both assembly (it took me maybe an hour to put together, and half of that was spent searching for the instructions I had previously used to write my grocery list on) and the ease with which it folds out. The design of the futon leaves a small space in the back, between the bottom of the couch and the top, an acute angle/cave my cats love to sleep in. So I also give it points because I didn’t have to buy a bed for the cats, which is not included in its features, but it should be.
Since I’ve left my studio, I mostly use the futon for visiting guests. I do prefer to put an air mattress on it for longer stays — it’s just more comfortable than sleeping on a literal couch. But I like it so much more than having visitors sleep on a mattress on the floor. I’m sitting on the couch as I type this and still can’t believe how much use I’ve gotten from an Amazon futon for under $200. It’s ridiculous. What’s also ridiculous is how attached I am to this thing. This couch would have been worth the money had I kept it for two months. After two years it’s still my favorite piece of furniture. I love sitting on it, sleeping on it, looking at it, and I particularly love having people come to my house and ask where I got it. Sometimes I even tell them the truth. —Mallory Mower
Get it from Amazon for $131.46+ (available in eight colors).