Inflatable Microsuede Couch

Slouch Potatoes Welcome

As pads go, a dorm room is no luxury suite. But for young adults living away from home for the first time, it’s the ultimate place for hanging out, studying, partying and occasionally sleeping. Too bad the bed takes up so much precious square-footage when what dorm dwellers really want is space for entertaining friends. Well, in just 30 seconds they can have it, thanks to the inflatable SlouchBack.

Longtime friends Jeff Seibert (that’s him on the left) and Andrew Goetting thought up the idea for the SlouchBack when they
were in school, then came together after college to make it a reality. Their invention is a portable microsuede couch that inflates automatically in less than 30 seconds, bringing instant comfort and convenience to the dorm room or extra seating to the family room. It’s so much more comfortable than a flimsy folding chair and loads more functional than pillows stacked haphazardly against concrete walls. When deflated, the SlouchBack is easy to tuck away. And, slouchers don’t need to worry about spilling their popcorn or soda — the microsuede covers (available in a handful of cool colors) are easily removable and washable. Just chill out, slouch back and enjoy. Read More Read Less
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Andrew

    I'm Andrew Goetting and I'm very excited to be featured on the Daily Grommet today. In a dorm room not too far away, my childhood friend and I conceived a product designed to redefine comfort forever... We reached outside the limits of the shoe-box size dorm room to create a product to bring comfort and convenience to college living. We quickly realized that the SlouchBack is not just for dorm rooms - it provides relaxing comfort in all homes and apartments! Please watch today's video to learn more and I'll be here to discuss the SlouchBack with all of you.

  • Brendan H
    Brendan H
    12/2/2009 12:07 PM

    I live in a dorm room and the slouch back is great! Its easy to set up and is very comfortable. When you don't want it, it deflates and can be stored anywhere. A must buy for all college students!

  • Brandy
    12/2/2009 12:22 PM

    This looks so cool and comfy!!!

  • Andrew
    Andrew – Special Guest
    12/2/2009 12:26 PM

    Brendan H, Awesome to hear you are enjoying the SlouchBack! It was to great meet you on the SlouchBack college campus tour! Enjoy the Holidays!!

  • Nick
    12/2/2009 1:44 PM

    I bought a slouchback before I left for freshman year this summer and its been a lifesaver. All my friends love it!

  • Raphael Tyler
    Raphael Tyler
    12/2/2009 2:18 PM

    I live in a dorm room and the SlouchBack saved my life. Not to mention the girls can't get enough!! Your a genius Andrew!!

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    12/2/2009 2:26 PM

    My kids loved watching TV with the Slouchback. They felt so mature (like the big boys) with their drinks in the cup holders. This is ideal for when you have a ton of friends over and need extra sitting space in the family room/TV room.

  • Robyn's Online World
    Robyn's Online World
    12/2/2009 3:08 PM

    I'm thinking my teenage son who is still at home would like this even. He always wants his bedroom to look more like a lounge than a bedroom when friends come over.

    Does this fit standard twin sized beds or just the extra long twins that are in dorm rooms? Any chance of making it in black?

  • Kate
    12/2/2009 3:16 PM

    This looks like an easy solution to convert a bed into a couch at our summer camp or for quick additional seating. Does it need to rest against a wall?

  • Andrew
    Andrew – Special Guest
    12/2/2009 3:42 PM

    Hey Kate, great question! It works best when used against the wall or any bit of back support, ex. on the floor against coffee table, etc. However we have tested and have heard positive responses from customers who use it free standing in their TV room. Hope I answered your question.

  • Andrew
    Andrew – Special Guest
    12/2/2009 3:47 PM


    The Slouchback will do exactly what your son is looking for. He can have his bed become a couch for when his friends come over in just seconds. It is designed to fit perfectly on a twin bed and there is a few extra inches of left over space on a twin xl. When used on any other size bed; full, queen, king it creates a sheas lounge. As far as black goes we will eventually have a black cover, and since the cover in interchangeable it would make a great addition for the future. Possibly suggestions, the Navy and Brown are both dark in color and match well with everything.

  • genie goldring
    genie goldring
    12/2/2009 9:11 PM

    hi ! love the slouchback and i'm a mature adult, not one of the more typical college users. we built a guest house behind our home and furnished it with a trundle daybed for maximum number of sleepers but also needed that bed to be a comfortable couch. in came slouchback to make our wish a reality. it's provides a great way to cuddle and get comfy, can't imagine a solution as optimal, and practical.

  • Tara
    12/3/2009 7:57 AM

    Cool twist on a blowup mattress. I have a couple of blowup mattresses that we love for the kids' guests! Just be careful of cats with sharp claws, right? Fun.

  • Andrew
    Andrew – Special Guest
    12/3/2009 8:56 AM


    When developing the SlouchBack we put lots of emphasis on the durability, and I can ensure you that it would take lots of clawing to puncture through the micro suede cover and interior unit. Having dogs my self I have had zero problems to date. Having said that one must always use caution with new furniture around pets as I am sure everyone has a few chewed on chair legs. Enjoy- Andrew

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/3/2009 11:23 AM

    I love stories of young entrepreneurs. Bringing a product to market is the equivalent of an MBA - and probably costs more than one! What is the biggest/most surprising thing that you've learned in this process?

  • Andrew
    Andrew – Special Guest
    12/4/2009 11:05 AM

    From my perspective the most interesting aspect of my business development that I would share is that every step is a new step and seemingly impossible. In retrospect the challenges are overcome when you network with everyone and anyone, share resources by asking for and offering help, and use endless creativity to find the right person who can solve the individual problem. Its all about knowing what you don't know and finding someone who does.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    1/3/2010 10:11 AM

    I echo your thoughts Andrew. And thanks for a great was a big hit Christmas and my kids like how it turned our usual TV viewing spot into "theatre seating." They put the Slouch Couch directly in front of our usual couch, separated by two square ottomans. It's pretty great.

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