"Let's say you have a really great chair—immediately when you see it the brain associates it with comfort, safety, reading, a quiet time out," says Dr. Manly. "Not only does the mind have an association with the thought 'this chair is my safe space,' but the body also has a muscle memory of the times that were spent there. And then the body can actually relax and the muscles can let down in the same way that the mind does."
Dr. Manly explains that we're drawn to certain fabrics and styles for a reason.
"So many of our muscle memories and our mental memories are formed in early childhood. A taste that we have, whether it's for a leather couch or a beanbag chair, we often associate, without even realizing it, to either negative childhood memories or often comforting childhood memories," she says. "They don't even necessarily have to be childhood memories. They could be memories attached to an old boyfriend's place or the college time."
If you have a chair you don't like or a couch that's uncomfortable, it can impact you in ways you don't even realize.
"If there is a space in our current dwelling that doesn't feel right, it can actually trigger old memories," she says. "Much of this is occurring on a purely unconscious level. Even a color or a fabric can either trigger really warm and comforting memories and thus make us feel more comfortable in the current space, or on the opposite end, it can trigger the unconscious negative memories and make us feel unwanted, unloved, on edge, and irritable."
Whether you're looking to make your home feel more welcoming and comforting or are just looking to upgrade your space, shop these beautiful sofas and lounge chairs. They're all on sale this holiday weekend.
Shop these pretty and comfy lounge chairs and couches on sale this weekend
1. Lulu and Georgia Cami Sofa, $1,272
You can't help but melt into this couch by Lulu and Georgia. Black metal legs complement a soft beige for a neutral look. To get the above price, enter the code "SUMMERTIME" at checkout for 20 percent off. The sale ends at 11:59 pm PT on July 5.
Shop Now: Lulu and Georgia Cami Sofa, $1,272
2. Anthropologie Florence Chaise, $1,199
Elevate your space with this chic chaise. The wood mid-century frame pair beautifully with plush peony linen cushions. It's also available in gray, oatmeal, navy, and sea glass. Snag it during Anthropologie's 20 percent off summer upholstery sale.
Shop Now: Anthropologie Florence Chaise, $1,199
3. Floyd The Sofa, $1,470
Floyd is known for their minimalist yet homey pieces that are an apartment dweller's dream. It's able to be fully disassembled making it easy to get from place to place. Opt for the two-seater ($1,270), the three-seater (1,470) or the three-seater with a chaise ($1,870). All three styles also come in lunar grey, a misty green, a blue-grey, and oat. The base can be upholstered or plain birch. To get the sale price, enter the code "SUMMERTIME" at checkout for $125 off.
Shop Now: Floyd The Sofa, $1,470
4. Article Embrace Rose Pink Chair, $549
The best part about this sleek velvet chair is the deep seat, allowing you to curl up in its arms. Pair it with a pretty accent pillow for added support. It also comes in mercury blue and moss green. Get it during Article's Fourth of July sale which ends July 4.
Shop Now: Article Embrace Rose Pink Chair, $549
5. All Form 3-Seat Sofa with Chaise, $3,145
This couch from All Form is completely customizable. You can choose between nine upholstery options (seven fabric, two leather) and three shades of hardwood legs. The best part is that when you assemble it, you can pick which side to place the chaise. To get the above price, enter the code "FOJ20" at checkout for 20 percent off.
Shop Now: All Form 3-Seat Sofa with Chaise, $3,145
6. West Elm Mid-Century Show Wood Chair, $560
If you're a sucker for classic mid-century lines, this is the chair is for you. The arms and legs are made from solid ash wood. The cushion is also available in mustard and olive. Get one chair for $560 or a set of two for $1,119. Shop the sale prices during West Elm's Long Weekend Super Sale.
Shop Now: West Elm Mid-Century Show Wood Chair, $560
7. Apt 2B Nora Queen Size Sleeper Sofa, $2,285
Sleeper sofas have come a looong way. This vertical channel-tufted design makes for a gorgeous addition to your home on its own, making it's dual functionality an added bonus. As usual, this Apt 2B couch is endlessly customizable. Choose between 48 upholstery options and three leg finishes. For an extra $200 you can upgrade to a memory foam mattress so your guests are extra comfy. Shop this 20 percent off deal now through July 7.
Shop Now: Apt 2B Nora Queen Size Sleeper Sofa, $2,285
8. Lulu and Georgia Roz Swivel Chair, $680
This swivel armchair gives off modern marshmallow vibes in the best way possible. To get the above price, enter the code "SUMMERTIME" at checkout for 20 percent off. The sale ends at 11:59 pm PT on July 5.
Shop Now: Lulu and Georgia Roz Swivel Chair, $680
There's nothing homier than a leather sofa, and this one is perfect. The slopped detail on the arms softens the couch so it's not overly masculine. Shop this two-seater or the three-seater, and in genuine leather or vegan. Shop the sale price during West Elm's Long Weekend Super Sale.
Shop Now: West Elm Hamilton Leather Sofa, $1,760
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