We're not going to say it. We're not going to say it. We're ... okay, we're going to say it. Could we BE any more excited for the Friends reunion?
After a pandemic-induced delay, the much-awaited TV special is finally airing on May 27 on HBO Max. Now, there are countless moments from Friends that have rightfully entered the pop culture lexicon, but one of our favorite, most everlasting symbols of the show has to be the big couch at Central Perk.
The couch has some unique qualities that make it stand out. First, it's eclectic style, mixing elements of a chesterfield sofa (namely the tufted back and rolled arms) and a wingback chair. Second, it's got gold fringe. And third, it's a lovely burnt orange hue, which is actually making somewhat of a comeback these days.
All in all, it's something that you'd definitely expect to find in a local coffee shop — that is, a hand-me-down from your cool and kind of weird aunt. While that specific couch was found in storage at Warner Bros., it turns out you can buy pretty similar options for your own home, if you're bold enough to work with the color! Check out nine couches à la Friends below.
This is about as close as it gets! We've got the right color, the curvy silhouette, and the tufted back — all that's missing is the fringe (which you might be able to add yourself with a little DIY hacking).
If you're a real diehard, you can buy this replica of the couch — but we'll admit it's pretty cartoonish!
And this is a pretty close second. Same style, smaller size — which is perfect for anyone living in an apartment (and we don't mean your grandmother's massive rent-stabilized unit).
No, it doesn't have all the same elements as the Friends couch, but it has nailed the color (and it looks perfect to sink into with your friends while you have a cup of coffee)!
This sofa has a channel-tufted back, elevating its style ever so slightly compared to the Friends version.
This couch is a pretty solid contender between the color and the style, though it has the traditional horizontal profile of a classic chesterfield.
Yes, this is a chair, but it's got the classic Friends vibe — and it might just be big enough to seat two!
For a boxier look that still keeps all of the plushness, opt for this Anthropologie chesterfield.
Stefanie is a New York–based writer and editor. She has served on the editorial staffs of Architectural Digest, ARTnews, and Oyster.com, a TripAdvisor company, before setting out on her own as a freelancer. Her beats include architecture, design, art, travel, science, and history, and her words have appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, Popular Science, Mental Floss, Galerie, Jetsetter, and History.com, among others. In another life, she'd be a real estate broker since she loves searching for apartments and homes.