Monday, September 13, 2010
Won't Miss #232 - low sofas
For reasons I'm sure that I can only guess at, the sofas in Japan seem to be built for munchkins. I'm not talking about the kind of furniture which has you sitting essentially on the floor with a back support (of which there is plenty in Japan), but about Western-style sofas and sometimes cushy chairs that are just about 4-6 inches too low to be comfortable to sit on (because there is increased knee stress). They make you feel like something isn't quite right and are harder to haul your tired carcass off of. This might be because Japanese have shorter legs, tend to be shorter in general, or that they find the height just fine compared to sitting flat on the floor.
I won't miss sofas and easy chairs that are too low for comfort.