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Old 12-04-09, 01:16 PM
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Couch or not

Couch or not
Thinking about getting a couch for the upcoming year. Maybe in January. I know very little about furniture, upholstery, design...I just sit or lay on it all year. I know, not optimal. Couches are expensive, but lazing about is my only hobby now, so it seems like a good investment.

There are about a 100 couches in Craigslist, no idea who to choose. Any advise on what to look for or what has worked for you would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-04-09, 01:32 PM
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Really, at your level you don't need a couch. You'd be better off putting that money towards a recliner, or an office chair.
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Old 12-04-09, 01:33 PM
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recently returning to a couch, having gone without a couch for 2 years, i say couch.
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Get on a little longer than your height. So when you take a nap, you can stretch out comfortably.
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Old 12-04-09, 02:00 PM
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If you do go with a new Couch, just remember that fit is more important than weight. Other than that, look for one that is stiff yet vertically compliant.
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Old 12-04-09, 02:03 PM
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I can't afford a couch, so, I went with the futon option. I find it's there for support when I need it, allows me adequate rest, and is more flexible than a couch would be. If only it would show up to my races with a couple beers from time to time.
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I think Saris is coming out with a Powercouch this year, I'd wait for that as it allows you to see the IF of your naps.... also total "ZZZZZ"s accumulated per rest period.

I'm getting a new aero couch this season, cant wait!
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Old 12-04-09, 02:16 PM
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All good suggestions above. I would add...

If you have more time than money, you should totally build your own couch. There's a good instructional book out there that should help guide you down to right path. You have to be willing to study lots of important data though.

If you have more money than time, find someone to build your couch for you. Just make sure that person has good communication skills. If they don't, you might as well just spend that money on a prebuilt, aero couch.
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Look, as a guy who won 4 napping titles I can tell you he doesn't need a couch. They are a waste of space and money. Save your money and just get a recliner that's been kicked to the curb, a six pack of Bud, and the Golf Channel. That's all you need. A couch is just for Freds.
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As someone who has taken at least two undergrad engineering courses I know that you can't make blanket statements about couches. Each case has to assessed individually as people respond differently to couch usage.

Here are some links

The couch as defense and as potential for enactment.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7...m&ordinalpos=2
Interferences with the usefulness of the couch are illustrated by means of vignettes from the analysis of four patients which demonstrate the isolating potential of the couch and the reasons why this may make the couch appeal to some patients and repel others.


The week the couch arrived.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...&ordinalpos=12
Personal determinants that could lead to the decision of whether to use a couch as part of analysis are considered from the standpoint of the analyst's preferences and own experience with the couch.

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Old 12-04-09, 04:19 PM
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We have a big sectional and it really is kind of a waste of space..I'd wish we'd gone with those home media chairs...but if you need a couch I'd look into some high end remotes to go with it...you can't get the most out of a couch with out one....
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
Look, as a guy who won 4 napping titles I can tell you he doesn't need a couch. They are a waste of space and money. Save your money and just get a recliner that's been kicked to the curb, a six pack of Bud, and the Golf Channel. That's all you need. A couch is just for Freds.
considering your age, that's not much of a surprise.
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Old 12-04-09, 05:14 PM
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It's not about the couch. Work on your skills related to laying down on what you have before you invest in an expensive couch.
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I feel an xtranormal coming on
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
considering your age, that's not much of a surprise.
It's genetic. I had an uncle who would fall asleep in the middle of a sentence. He fell asleep driving his VW bus down the freeway and woke up with a chain link fence pole in his lap. Walked away.

I napped in the bath tub today. It's farging cold here and the new digs has one of these huge spa tubs. Started reading a mag, half a glass of wine and

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

But look, if you have to get a couch at least get one that's UCI compliant:

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Don't get a couch. Get a divan or a sofa instead. It is much more "Euro".
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Don't get a couch. Get a divan or a sofa instead. It is much more "Euro".
Shilling for Ikea?
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Old 12-04-09, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
Shilling for Ikea?
Do you mean "Icky-Ah"? I have a little of their crap and indeed it is crap.

I would think that an Icky-Ah shill would be pushing a futon anyway.
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Do you mean "Icky-Ah"? I have a little of their crap and indeed it is crap.
Great garage cabinets. And their cheese grater is the bomb.
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Three seat cushions. That way if you have company over, you can put three on the couch. Nobody likes sitting in the crack.

Also get a pattern. And try for a slip cover.

Now I'm off to bed bath and beyond if I have time before my boob job.
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didnt we do a couch/coach parody like a month ago? I would find the thread if we had a working search engine.
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I knew I wasn't crazy. Either way, carry on.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...u-have-a-couch
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I've had many couches over the years. None of them have improved my performance on the bike. You don't list your local, but in fact, I have two couches I'm trying to give away at this moment. Unfortunately the cats have pee'd on both of them
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If you think you could handle some general unpacking and basic assembly and adjustment, CouchDirect.com has some killer deals.
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Don't forget, with a couch there's the added expense of throw pillows. Any quality couch will require them. In my situation, I'd go for a love seat or chair-and-a-half. With my limited available lounging time, paying for a couch and all the extras would be overkill. YMMV.

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