Living room funiture – While there are certainly a lot of gorgeous, Instagram-worthy sofas out there, there actually aren’t very many that provide the lumbar support you may need if you struggle with constant back pain. 

If you’re shopping for living room furniture and having some trouble vetting furniture brands and retailers for their attention to good ergonomics, we’re here to help you out. 


To see which brands create the best back support sofas, I tested over 20 different sofas and combed through hundreds upon thousands of real customer reviews and testimonials.

From high-quality seat cushions to help those with a bad back decompress their spine to reclining sofas, we’ve reviewed them all. I analyzed furniture companies offering sofas with all kinds of features, from built-in reclining seating elements to footrests. I also looked for sofas that provide substantial seat heights and depths for added comfort. 

1. Allform Modular Sofa

What I Loved About this Allform Sofa 

Allform is a brand that focuses on versatility and modular design. What drew me in was the easy ability to build a custom  sofa inspired by mid-century design but with the contemporary focus on comfort and craftsmanship. Best of all, their site highlighted the sofa’s medium-firm foam seat and back cushions, which would be perfect for lower back support.  While Allform’s sofa isn’t the cheapest one on this list, I definitely have to agree with over 300 customer reviews that have highlighted the sofa’s comfy appeal, durability, and sturdy frame. 


Designing a sofa online couldn’t be easier, as the site just guides you through intuitive customization options from seat cushions to upholstery, wooden legs, along with add-ons I haven’t seen anywhere else like weighted blankets.  And while I had to put together the Allform sofa myself, it was definitely worth it. The high-quality materials and plush cushioning feel just as great as they look on the site, and after intentionally crouching at my desk all day, I tested out the Allform sofa and honestly felt great after just a few minutes. 

In terms of customer service, I was also impressed that Allform backs all their frames with a lifetime warranty. The brand also gives customers 100 full days to try furniture out at home before committing long-term, something I’ve definitely never seen from any other furniture brand.  For its impeccable quality, easy ordering and assembly, and intuitive customer service, I had to put Allform at the top of this list. 

2. Rivet Sloan Mid-Century Sofa 

What I Loved About this Amazon Sofa 

Amazon has been making significant inroads with a wide range of home decor, and sofas are no exception. In fact, the easy browsing and shopping experience was one of the highlights that drew me to this sofa. 

The Rivet Sofa is a customer favorite, and I actually included the two-seat version in my round-up of best loveseats. So, it’s safe to say my expectations were already set. Overall, I agreed with the customers’ consensus across 896 verified reviews (most of which were 4.6 out of 5 stars.)  Like the Rivet Loveseat, the sofa is just as ergonomic and sturdy. However, I don’t think it was that much of a firm sofa compared to Allform. That said the high-density foam cushions didn’t sag very easily. 

All in all, I’m impressed by Amazon‘s optimized online shopping experience affordable and specifically its Rivet brand of ergonomic sofas that offer ample back support. 

3. Homelegance Power Reclining Love Sofa 

What I Loved About This Amazon Loveseat 

Another Amazon favorite, I tested the Homeelegance recliner sofa, which features channel-tufted foam cushions and ergonomic headrests. While it didn’t have as many reviews as the Rivet sofa, customers who did buy it raved about its easy-to-use double reclining mechanism. 


Like the Rivet Sofa, I was able to specify a free delivery time. The sofa arrived on time, but unlike the Rivet, came pre-assembled. I tested that out as soon as it arrived and I was hooked. The mechanism itself is easy to operate, on-par with much higher-priced La-Z-Boy options out there, and the smooth gliding motion worked seamlessly. And in a first for this list, this loveseat features cup holders! 

4. Ashley Furniture Larkinhurst Sofa

What I Loved About this Ashley Furniture Sofa 

While I’ve seen trendier brands come and go, Ashley Furniture has built a name for itself as a brand and retailer that customers trust. And as I was researching brands that customers trust in terms of ergonomic design, Ashley Furniture kept coming up. So, I decided to test the Larkinhurst sofa to see if it lived up to the hype. 

For the most part it did. To start with the shopping experience, Ashley Furniture may not have the most intuitive eCommerce experience. However, I did appreciate the opportunities to add on a matching armchair or even a sleeper sofa to create a full set, something that I’m sure a lot of families would appreciate when furnishing a living room on a budget. 

All in all, I have to agree with most of the 162 customers who gave it 4.6 out of 5 stars. The Larkinhurst is comfortable, and compared to the Homeelegance reclining sofa, doesn’t feature a middle console, which makes lounging much easier. Additionally, I was impressed by the plush upholstery, which felt much more luxurious and comfortable to the touch than Amazon‘s Homeelgance sofa. The sofa’s high-density foam cushions and throw pillows made for additional back support.

5. Serta Copenhagen Sofa

What I Loved About this Serta Sofa 

To be honest, I didn’t even realize that Serta made anything other than mattresses. That said, it’s not hard to imagine that one of America’s most trusted mattress brands would create an incredibly ergonomic sofa that can help alleviate certain back problems. 

How to Find the Best Sofa for Back Support

Back pain sufferers seeking a sofa that provides substantial support may have some added challenges. In addition to finding the right size sofa and specifically one that fits through a door, you’ll also have to scrutinize everything from sofa cushions to frame durability. Here are a few tips to help you out: 

  • Proper Support – Your sofa needs to have a strong frame with impeccable integrity that’ll stand the test of time. Always opt for a solid steel or hard-wood frame. Better yet, look for sofas with medium-firm memory foam cushions that’ll provide lumbar support and encourage good posture.
  • Reclining Sofas – Many new sofas have recliners built-in, which takes the pressure off your spine and helps eliminate slouching. Look for furniture with easy-to-use recliner mechanisms or automated features.
  • Sofa Beds – While back pain sufferers should generally stay away from sleeping on sofa beds or futons for long spans of time, these can be beneficial if you like lounging horizontally during the day.
  • Chaise/Ottoman Options – Many brands offer sofa sets with optional chaise and ottomans. Look out for these as they can also help alleviate pressure to the spine without the added price of a recliner.
  • Good Posture – No matter what seating configuration or features you’re seeking, just ensure the couch you buy has the right seat height and seat depth to support you. Also, look into sofas that provide sturdy armrests to support you even more.

Choosing the Best Back Support Sofa

Whether you’re looking for a neat little loveseat or a sectional sofa to spread out on, I want to make it easy for you to find the best sofa to suit your needs and lifestyle.  Explore even more tips in our furniture guides.