Crate and Barrel Lounge II Sofa Review

January 6, 2021

I’ve gotten so many questions about our family room couch over the years — a full Crate and Barrel Lounge II sofa review feels long overdue.

It can feel so daunting to find a sofa that’s right for your family. I felt the same way as we searched for our perfect sofa before settling on the Crate and Barrel Lounge II.

I wanted to find a sofa that looked great, had a timeless design, wasn’t crazy expensive and — mostly important — would hold up well for years to come.

As a mom of two active kids, I’m sharing my Crate and Barrel Lounge II sofa review with you in hopes that it’ll help you find the next right sofa for your own family.

Are Crate and Barrel couches good quality?

First things first: Let’s talk about quality.

I’ve owned countless pieces of furniture and decor purchased at Crate and Barrel.

As for their sofas, we actually own not one but two Crate and Barrel Lounge II sofas.

One is in our family room and the other is in our basement.

Here’s a look at our family room sofa, which we bought in 2015 and still own today:

colorful traditional family room

We have the Crate and Barrel Lounge II sofa in their Taft fabric — the color we selected is Steel.

This particular fabric is extremely durable and is considered to be part of their performance fabric line.

The basement sofa was purchased back in 2010 when my husband and I bought our first home together — we chose a performance velvet fabric in an espresso shade, back when brown sofas were a thing.

It’s moved with us three different times.

Here’s a look at the Crate and Barrel Lounge II sofa that’s in our basement (man, my photography skills have come a long way, thankfully):

Crate and Barrel Lounge II sofa: What I love about it

There’s a lot to love about this Crate and Barrel sofa.

I bet you can guess a few of the “pros” I’m going to share with you based on this photo:

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Here are my favorite things about it:

It’s durable.

This sofa can withstand just about anything. I have two kids, ages 8 and 4, and they jump on our sofa daily. They also use the cushions during pillow fights, sit on the tops of the back cushions … basically they do everything to our furniture that makes parents around the world cringe.

However, this sofa — at least in our house — seems pretty much indestructible. Which is so important for families with young children.

It’s the most comfortable thing ever.

No, really … this sofa is the equivalent of a warm, cozy hug.

I absolutely love curling up on the sofa to read with the kids or watch Netflix.

The cushions are deeper than many other sofas we looked at when we were in the market for a new couch, which makes it easy to relax and curl up. And all four of us fit pretty comfortably on it.

It holds its shape over time.

I’ll give this sofa yet another thumbs up for its durability, because my kids have mashed these poor couch cushions daily and the sofa still looks like new.

The sofa’s performance fabric is amazing.

Kids will be kids, so it’s inevitable that upholstered items in any family home will see their fair share of bodily fluids, not to mention juice spills and so much more. I’ve even spilled coffee and wine on it. Thankfully, both sofas are still in amazing shape despite some, ahem, accidents from time to time. I talk more about my specific recommendations for cleaning the sofa later in this post.

crate and barrel lounge sofa review

Crate and Barrel Lounge II sofa: What I don’t love about it

I personally don’t have any beef with the sofa, but my husband feels it’s too deep for his liking.

In all the reviews I’ve read about this sofa, that’s the only negative I’ve ever seen thrown around.

It really comes down to your personal preference, but for some the sofa might feel too deep — I will say that you do sink into it when you sit down (in the best way possible). I happen to really like that aspect of it.

Before you purchase the sofa — or any sofa, for that matter — I recommend that you visit a Crate and Barrel store if possible and sit on the sofa yourself to determine if it is truly a great fit for your family.

How do I clean my Crate and Barrel Lounge sofa?

The sofa cushion covers are removable, so it’s entirely possible to toss them in the washing machine if there’s an incident that can’t be mopped up with a paper towel.

However, I can’t personally vouch for how the cushion covers launder because I haven’t ever had to wash them. (Lucky us!)

That said, we have had plenty of spills of all kinds on both sofas, and I typically use either baby wipes or a gentle spray cleaner and paper towels. I’ve also been known to take a Clorox wipe (without bleach) to the cushion surfaces, too.

And I’m pretty pleased to say that the cleaning methods I described above worked beautifully for us.

colorful fall pillow ideas

What other questions do you have about the Crate and Barrel Lounge sofa that I didn’t answer?

Leave your question below and I’ll respond!

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20 Comments

20 Comments
  1. I also have the Lounge and u should know it also comes in a Petite which is NOT petite but less deep. Perfect for the biggest person. Petite is a poor choice of words!

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    • Thanks for sharing that!

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  2. Lol! We just ordered the “petite” model yesterday and I felt the same about the word! Being 6’ tall I’ve never bought anything “petite” in my life! But we bought for the exact reason—the standard will just be too deep for our LR.
    My question, please: Do you think we can change the legs/feet to add a bit more height to the couch or will it look awkward? Feet are currently 1.5”. Thanks!!

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    • LOL yes, I’m not sure it’s really “petite.” But I sure do love how cozy that sofa is!

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  3. Question about the fabrics. I read that the taft tends to pill. Does that happen just in the beginning or have you had a problem with that? And what about the velvet? Anything I should know? Which do you prefer? Thanks in advance.

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    • Hi Jessica! I personally haven’t experienced an issue with the Taft fabric pilling.

      I love both fabrics and think both hold up very well over time. I’ve been really impressed by the quality of both and haven’t had any issues with either type.

      Regarding making a choice about fabric, I think it comes down to the aesthetics you like best.

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  4. I am trying to figure out which fabric to buy. Other reviews mention that the taft tends to pill. Have you had that problem at all? If so, was it just when it was new or does it keep doing it? Anything I should know about the velvet? Thinking about getting the Nile (blue) in that if not the cement taft.

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    • Both fabrics are great quality! I think it comes down to personal preference in terms of the look you like best (Taft versus velvet). I haven’t experienced any issues with the Taft fabric pilling, and we that sofa gets heavy use as it’s in our family room.

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  5. Hi Kate! Wondering how you feel about the two cushions vs the bench style? I’m looking to purchase this sofa but hesitant to buy a sofa (that could fit three people) with only two cushions. Seems like it leaves one person to sit on the crack? On the other hand, the new “bench” style single cushion would seem like its shape may take a beating over time. Would love to know your thoughts on this! Thank you.

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    • Hi Kelly! I didn’t realize that Crate & Barrel released an updated style of this sofa with a single cushion.

      I see your point about one person always sitting in the space between the two cushions, although this has never bothered anyone in my family. It’s probably a matter of personal preference and what you’re most comfortable with. As for the sofa itself, it holds 2 adults and 2 kids pretty comfortably.

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  6. Hi. I have tried to leave a comment a couple of times. Going to ask one more as I dont see either of them posted. Did you find the taft fabric to pill at all? I have read from others they just bought it and that is a problem they are having. I am debating between the taft or the velvet and see you have both. Do you have a preference?

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    • Hi there! We purchased this sofa in the Taft fabric years ago and haven’t experienced any issues with pilling. That said, it sounds like the reviews you’re reading are recent ones from folks saying there are issues with the fabric, so it could be that Crate & Barrel has altered their manufacturing process over the years. I’m not sure. But from my own personal experience — based on me purchasing this sofa years ago — I’ve been very happy with it and have had zero issues with the fabric.

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  7. Hi Kate. What luck. I’m sitting here debating on the lounge 2 in the performance velvet (were getting it without feathers-that sounds crazy to some but I hate the smell of down-any down that isn’t the absolute most expensive, ergo washed processed 100 times) so we confirmed we can get the sofa with down alternative cushions. But your photo of the brush velvet isn’t coming up. It’s just a blank spot. Is it posted anywhere else on your blog? I’d love to see how it’s held up after 10-11 years. Our last two DWR sofas lasted 15&17 years-but they’re twice as much! Can’t you repost the Brown velvet sofa? Love your blog so far!

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    • Hi Paddy, thanks so much for the kind words! Strange that the image isn’t showing up. Here’s a peek at it on my Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVhdFBtl3lj/. Good luck with the sofa buying process!

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  8. Hi Kate! I bought a lounge couch 5 years ago and want to turn the chaise into a sectional. They don’t make the same color fabric I have anymore. Do you know if i can get mine recovered?

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    • Hi Beth – I’m sure you can have the sofa recovered, although I do not know if Crate & Barrel would be able to do it. If I were you, I’d probably call them first and see if they’re able to take on that project. If not, I’d try and independent upholstery shop.

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  9. Can you rotate or flip the bottom cushions (if they start to flatten)? Thank you! Very helpful article!

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    • Hi Stefanie, you sure can!

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  10. Hi Kate. Quick question I know you mentioned performance fabric is this different from the stock fabrics? Trying to decide on which to go with particularly with the extended lead time

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    • Hi Enny! I don’t know much about the stock fabrics and don’t own any C&B upholstery in those. I do love the performance fabric because I feel it’s extremely durable, which is important for my family. If you’re able to visit a C&B store, I highly recommend going and getting samples of some of the fabrics you’re considering ordering. Take them home and put them through the ringer — run your car keys over them, pour ketchup and wine on them….you get the idea. Then try to clean the samples and see how they hold up. That’ll give you a sense of which fabrics might be best for your own situation.

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