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Keep Drinks Close

Cars have had cup holders for ages—but what about a couch drink holder? Chances are, you put more miles on your sofa than the road. CouchCoaster has your kicking-back-at-home beverage needs in mind. This adaptable drink holder drapes over the arm of your favorite place to sit. Its weighted sides keep your glass balanced and secure. Plus the design is flexible enough to fit over any width or shaped furniture arm—flat to curved, slim to wide. Brit Barry Freeder had had enough of spilled drinks in his living room. Balancing them on the armrest or the floor was asking for trouble. But the coffee table seemed just too far away. It’s a first world problem, for sure. But Barry’s first world solution is well made, well designed, and appropriately accessible without even sitting forward. Whatever you’re drinking, and whatever is on the telly, with CouchCoaster you can settle in and relax.

CouchCoaster

Weighted Drink Holder

Keep Drinks Close

Cars have had cup holders for ages—but what about a couch drink holder? Chances are, you put more miles on your sofa than the road. CouchCoaster has your kicking-back-at-home beverage needs in mind. This adaptable drink holder drapes over the arm of your favorite place to sit. Its weighted sides keep your glass balanced and secure. Plus the design is flexible enough to fit over any width or shaped furniture arm—flat to curved, slim to wide. Brit Barry Freeder had had enough of spilled drinks in his living room. Balancing them on the armrest or the floor was asking for trouble. But the coffee table seemed just too far away. It’s a first world problem, for sure. But Barry’s first world solution is well made, well designed, and appropriately accessible without even sitting forward. Whatever you’re drinking, and whatever is on the telly, with CouchCoaster you can settle in and relax.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Barry
    Barry

    Hi Grommet fans. I'm Barry from London, UK, and am honoured to be working with the Grommet to bring my product, CouchCoaster—The ultimate drink holder for your sofa, to the USA. I'm really looking forward to discussing the product with you, so please feel free to ask any questions you may have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/8/2016 9:30 AM

    When you started to think of CouchCoaster in your mind, what elements did you consider essential to making it?

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 9:44 AM

    @Mike Hi I spent a few years prototyping CouchCoaster so had a very tight brief of what it had to do! Functionally it had to a) work on many different shapes and sizes of sofa arm and b) hold different types of drinking containers. Visually, it had to look nothing less than uber-cool on the sofa! Finally, I wanted to keep the construction of the product as simple as possible so that it could sell at an affordable price to consumers all over the world.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/8/2016 9:35 AM

    Actually developing and bringing the product to life, was this something you were prepared to do or was it an entirely new venture?

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 9:50 AM

    @Mike It was something I had wanted to do for a few years but it was only last year when I left the world of real estate did I decide that I was ready to embark on a completely new venture. Every (rational) inventor will ask themselves "Is this a crazy idea?" or "Is this a stroke of genius?" when it comes to developing new product ideas. In truth, the inventor will only find out for sure when they launch their product!

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    9/8/2016 10:47 AM

    Hey, Barry--all my armchairs have wood armrests. Will this work on them?

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 10:58 AM

    @Barbara CouchCoaster will work on wooden arms but only if there is about a 14cm minimum width to the arm. As mentioned in the Grommet's video, CouchCoaster works best when the width of the arm is wider than the base of the unit.

  • Stephen
    Stephen
    9/8/2016 10:47 AM

    How resistant is the holder to being bumped? The video shows people jumping up and down and slapping the arm of the couch, but how about accidentally bumping the cup, can or the holde3r itself

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 11:02 AM

    @Stephen The stability of the drink inside the container is a function of the type of sofa arm it is used on (ensure it is a minimum of 14cm in width as per the above), the type of drink being housed (stick to mugs, tumblers, bottles and cans and you should be fine), and the ferociousness of the knock! CouchCoaster will hold up on the arm with light knocks and bumps but any aggressive actions (as with any drink on a table) is best avoided!

  • Stephen
    Stephen
    9/8/2016 11:24 AM

    @Barry Maybe it would be better to ask about the underside texture or "tackiness" of the holder in terms of resistance to movement. Obviously the nature of the surface the holder rests on is important. I am concerned about slippage of the holder if bumped - I don't want it to rotate off of a curved surface.

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 11:43 AM

    @Stephen So there are two aspects which help with this. The first is that all areas of the silicone underside are finished in gloss which provides a 'tacky' contact and secondly, the CouchCoaster is weighted at either ends of the band to help it sit securely under its own gravity. In regards to a curved arm, if the curve is gentle and the base is at least 14cm wide, then the product should remain sturdy.

  • Joni
    Joni
    9/8/2016 11:26 AM

    What is the diameter of the holder? i.e. What size cup or container will it hold? We drink a lot of iced tea and usually the glasses are fairly large. How do you recommend cleaning the couch coaster?

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 11:48 AM

    @Joni WITHOUT the adaptor the opening is 90mm (3.5 inches) - suitable for wide mugs and tumblers, and WITH the adaptor the opening is reduced to 70mm (2.75 inches) - designed to support narrower drinking containers such as bottles and cans. Every CouchCoaster comes with an adaptor so you have the option of using this or not!

  • Andy
    Andy
    9/8/2016 11:33 AM

    Do you have something that will hold the remote?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/8/2016 11:35 AM

    A second CouchCoaster?

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 11:49 AM

    @Mike I actually use my own CouchCoaster to hold the remote sometimes! It will certainly fit one and maybe two at a push depending upon size. You will want to use it WITH the adaptor to properly support a remote in it.

  • Joe
    Joe
    9/8/2016 12:25 PM

    Will this work with yeti tumblers and tall cups? It seams kinda short where if bumped the drink might tip over.

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 12:52 PM

    @Joe Hi Joe - can you advise on the size of the Yeti tumbler you are referring to?

  • Cathy
    Cathy
    9/8/2016 1:24 PM

    Hi Barry,

    Would this fit across a console in an auto? I have a jeep without a cup holder, and it could work in my car!

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 1:31 PM

    @Cathy Hi Cathy. I've had folks in the UK buy CouchCoaster for that very purpose. There is even a clip of CouchCoaster being used in an auto in The Grommet video above. See 24 seconds in!

  • Sandie
    Sandie
    9/8/2016 1:40 PM

    What is the length of the holder? I have a relative that uses a walker and this may work when transporting her coffee from the kitchen to the living room on the seat. Thank you.

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 1:44 PM

    @Sandie The overall length of a CouchCoaster when lying flat is 142 cm (about 16.5 inches)

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 2:19 PM

    @Barry Sorry, make that 42cm!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

CouchCoaster

Weighted Drink Holder

Keep Drinks Close

Cars have had cup holders for ages—but what about a couch drink holder? Chances are, you put more miles on your sofa than the road.

CouchCoaster has your kicking-back-at-home beverage needs in mind. This adaptable drink holder drapes over the arm of your favorite place to sit. Its weighted sides keep your glass balanced and
secure. Plus the design is flexible enough to fit over any width or shaped furniture arm—flat to curved, slim to wide.

Brit Barry Freeder had had enough of spilled drinks in his living room. Balancing them on the armrest or the floor was asking for trouble. But the coffee table seemed just too far away. It’s a first world problem, for sure. But Barry’s first world solution is well made, well designed, and appropriately accessible without even sitting forward.

Whatever you’re drinking, and whatever is on the telly, with CouchCoaster you can settle in and relax.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Barry
    Barry

    Hi Grommet fans. I'm Barry from London, UK, and am honoured to be working with the Grommet to bring my product, CouchCoaster—The ultimate drink holder for your sofa, to the USA. I'm really looking forward to discussing the product with you, so please feel free to ask any questions you may have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/8/2016 9:30 AM

    When you started to think of CouchCoaster in your mind, what elements did you consider essential to making it?

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 9:44 AM

    @Mike Hi I spent a few years prototyping CouchCoaster so had a very tight brief of what it had to do! Functionally it had to a) work on many different shapes and sizes of sofa arm and b) hold different types of drinking containers. Visually, it had to look nothing less than uber-cool on the sofa! Finally, I wanted to keep the construction of the product as simple as possible so that it could sell at an affordable price to consumers all over the world.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/8/2016 9:35 AM

    Actually developing and bringing the product to life, was this something you were prepared to do or was it an entirely new venture?

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 9:50 AM

    @Mike It was something I had wanted to do for a few years but it was only last year when I left the world of real estate did I decide that I was ready to embark on a completely new venture. Every (rational) inventor will ask themselves "Is this a crazy idea?" or "Is this a stroke of genius?" when it comes to developing new product ideas. In truth, the inventor will only find out for sure when they launch their product!

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    9/8/2016 10:47 AM

    Hey, Barry--all my armchairs have wood armrests. Will this work on them?

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 10:58 AM

    @Barbara CouchCoaster will work on wooden arms but only if there is about a 14cm minimum width to the arm. As mentioned in the Grommet's video, CouchCoaster works best when the width of the arm is wider than the base of the unit.

  • Stephen
    Stephen
    9/8/2016 10:47 AM

    How resistant is the holder to being bumped? The video shows people jumping up and down and slapping the arm of the couch, but how about accidentally bumping the cup, can or the holde3r itself

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 11:02 AM

    @Stephen The stability of the drink inside the container is a function of the type of sofa arm it is used on (ensure it is a minimum of 14cm in width as per the above), the type of drink being housed (stick to mugs, tumblers, bottles and cans and you should be fine), and the ferociousness of the knock! CouchCoaster will hold up on the arm with light knocks and bumps but any aggressive actions (as with any drink on a table) is best avoided!

  • Stephen
    Stephen
    9/8/2016 11:24 AM

    @Barry Maybe it would be better to ask about the underside texture or "tackiness" of the holder in terms of resistance to movement. Obviously the nature of the surface the holder rests on is important. I am concerned about slippage of the holder if bumped - I don't want it to rotate off of a curved surface.

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 11:43 AM

    @Stephen So there are two aspects which help with this. The first is that all areas of the silicone underside are finished in gloss which provides a 'tacky' contact and secondly, the CouchCoaster is weighted at either ends of the band to help it sit securely under its own gravity. In regards to a curved arm, if the curve is gentle and the base is at least 14cm wide, then the product should remain sturdy.

  • Joni
    Joni
    9/8/2016 11:26 AM

    What is the diameter of the holder? i.e. What size cup or container will it hold? We drink a lot of iced tea and usually the glasses are fairly large. How do you recommend cleaning the couch coaster?

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 11:48 AM

    @Joni WITHOUT the adaptor the opening is 90mm (3.5 inches) - suitable for wide mugs and tumblers, and WITH the adaptor the opening is reduced to 70mm (2.75 inches) - designed to support narrower drinking containers such as bottles and cans. Every CouchCoaster comes with an adaptor so you have the option of using this or not!

  • Andy
    Andy
    9/8/2016 11:33 AM

    Do you have something that will hold the remote?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/8/2016 11:35 AM

    A second CouchCoaster?

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 11:49 AM

    @Mike I actually use my own CouchCoaster to hold the remote sometimes! It will certainly fit one and maybe two at a push depending upon size. You will want to use it WITH the adaptor to properly support a remote in it.

  • Joe
    Joe
    9/8/2016 12:25 PM

    Will this work with yeti tumblers and tall cups? It seams kinda short where if bumped the drink might tip over.

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 12:52 PM

    @Joe Hi Joe - can you advise on the size of the Yeti tumbler you are referring to?

  • Cathy
    Cathy
    9/8/2016 1:24 PM

    Hi Barry,

    Would this fit across a console in an auto? I have a jeep without a cup holder, and it could work in my car!

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 1:31 PM

    @Cathy Hi Cathy. I've had folks in the UK buy CouchCoaster for that very purpose. There is even a clip of CouchCoaster being used in an auto in The Grommet video above. See 24 seconds in!

  • Sandie
    Sandie
    9/8/2016 1:40 PM

    What is the length of the holder? I have a relative that uses a walker and this may work when transporting her coffee from the kitchen to the living room on the seat. Thank you.

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 1:44 PM

    @Sandie The overall length of a CouchCoaster when lying flat is 142 cm (about 16.5 inches)

  • Barry
    Barry – Special Guest
    9/8/2016 2:19 PM

    @Barry Sorry, make that 42cm!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.