Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

A Review of the Floyd Sofa, a Minimalist’s Perfect Perch

Image used with permission by copyright holder

After nearly eight years of owning a $300 couch purchased from Walmart during graduate school, it finally gave out on me. Its cushions collapsed inward on themselves, leaving the whole thing looking sad and deflated as if the couch itself knew its time had come and had accepted, though reluctantly, its own impending doom. The breaking of a leg was the final straw, so to speak. The couch was lame, and it had to be put down.

So, with a characteristic lack of empathy for an inanimate object, I saw the couch’s final breakdown as a chance to check in with our friends from Floyd, a direct-to-consumer, minimalist furniture company with a design ethos that tends toward streamlined looks influenced by the clean lines and pleasing angles of mid-century modern furniture.

When our friends at Floyd learned of the death of my not-so-beloved couch, they offered a sample in exchange for an honest review, and, being couch-less, I couldn’t pass them up on their offer. And, being honest, I warned them if I didn’t like it, I would inform The Manual’s readers about why. The thing is, I liked it.

Receiving the Floyd Sofa

Early one Tuesday morning, I made my way to my apartment building’s lobby where eight boxes from Floyd had arrived in my name. While I was annoyed at the fact that the couch (a three-seater with a chaise attachment) came in not one, not five, but eight boxes, I was grateful that the majority of them only held cushions and pillows and were not in any sense heavy.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Still, you’ll want to make sure when receiving the bed that you have some sort of cart or dolly to move the heaviest (135 lbs) box, which contains the base and back of the couch. Since my apartment building offers those for residents, I didn’t have a problem moving the boxes down the block-long hallway to my apartment.

However, a word of warning during these days of front porch package thieves, since the couch comes in so many boxes, it is imperative to be home at the time of delivery. You do not want someone to run off with the legs to your chaise or your back cushions and wind up with only a semi-useful sofa.

Putting the Floyd Sofa Together

Once you get all your boxes into your house or apartment, open them, and remove all the pieces (which is honestly the longest part of putting together this piece of furniture). After that, putting the couch together is a breeze, even with just one person. With two, it would make things even easier.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The process is simple: just attach the legs to the base of the couch, add the back supports after that, then add the back itself, throw on the cushions, and you’re good to go. Each leg attachment only requires the insertion of a pin and the turning of a screw. Bam, you’re done. Congratulations, you’ve just assembled a handsome couch in less than half an hour.

Testing the Floyd Sofa

After having the sofa for about two weeks now there are two things to note. One: It is beautiful. The gray color I was given as a sample was much lighter than it appeared on the website (word to the wise, order swatches from Floyd before buying so you can get a true sense of the fabric feel and color). Two: It is large enough for three people to sit comfortably and for two people to sprawl out. It’s the perfect couple’s couch, a couch for lounging and watching GoT and whatever else is the latest binge-worthy show from Netflix.

Now, be prepared for the cushions to be a bit stiff when you first start using the sofa. They take about a week to break in and become soft, but once they do, you won’t regret the time spent wearing them down to the perfect puffiness. In the end, they’re as soft as a full-on plush couch, with the added bonus of not looking like something your mom bought in 1993.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

So, to Buy or Not to Buy the Floyd Sofa?

One word: Buy. The two-seater is a great starter couch for small apartments or for people who don’t want to splash out as much money that they would for the three-seater, or the three-seat plus the chaise. The Floyd Sofa is durable, stain-resistance, comfortable, easy to put together (and take apart) and looks handsome as hell. Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a better first foray into the world of direct-to-consumer furniture, and we couldn’t be happier. The icing on the cake, however, is that it’s made in the USA from nontoxic material, has a 10-year warranty, and ships free anywhere in the continental US.

To order your own Floyd Sofa or to check out their other pieces (like their amazing bed and side tables), head on over to the brand’s official website, or click the big red button below.

Happy lounging!

Editors' Recommendations

Topics
Chase McPeak
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Chase McPeak is the former Lifestyle Editor. Chase regularly appeared on Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast where…
The 11 best Robert De Niro movies to stream right now
From Raging Bull to The Godfather Part II, these are the roles that have defined De Niro's long career
Robert De Niro in Goodfellas

There are few actors working today who can match the career that Robert De Niro has had. Some, like Brad Pitt or even George Clooney, have been in plenty of great movies, but even they don't stack up to the kind of career that De Niro has had over the last half a century. De Niro's success can be chalked up, at least in part, to his collaboration with great directors. De Niro has been in some of Martin Scorsese's best movies, and Scorsese isn't the only director who knows how to use him.

Really, though, it's De Niro himself who deserves a lot of the credit. Although he's been in plenty of schlock, the best movies of his career are up there with the best movies ever made. When he emerged on the scene, De Niro showed off his ability to play a range of different types, and his skills have only deepened as the years have gone by. Keep reading and find out what Robert De Niro movies you cannot miss if you have already.

Read more
The 12 best Adam Sandler movies (they’re not all comedies)
From Uncut Gems to Happy Gilmore, these are the films that defined Sandler's career to date
Henry Winkler (left) and Adam Sandler in The Waterboy

 

What is there left to say about Adam Sandler? The Sand-Man has been a fixture of pop culture for well over 20 years, having worked first on Saturday Night Live and then broken out in a series of farcical, wonderful comedies in the years after his departure. He's one of the biggest comedy stars on the planet, and he's been part of some of the best comedy movies. He's also made plenty of movies that nobody should be forced to watch twice.
For every movie that has immediately been relegated to the trash bin of history, though, Sandler has also made an indelible comedy or a surprising turn into drama. While he could have emerged looking a little bit like a one-trick pony who relies on funny voices for cheap laughs, Sandler turned out to be far more complicated than that. He is a genuinely great actor whenever he wants to be. The rest of the time, he's content to make silly movies with his best friends. Here are the best Adam Sandler movies you need to watch now.

Read more
Take a lot of handwritten notes? This gadget will change your life
A man uses the reMarkable 2.

There is an overwhelming desire to return to paper from people of all walks of life lately. Screens have invaded us. But what we're often not seeing is an actual return to paper. It's not necessarily as convenient as we remember it to be, and a lot of the return to paper is about desire, not action.

Should you also have the desire to return to the physical but also have an addiction to screens, let me introduce you to the reMarkable 2. It's a sort of notebook, drawing tablet, document reader hybrid that is considered one of the best tablets for handwritten notes. Here are the top ways its been helping us.
It helps me remember things
Let's start this one out with a list:

Read more