If the living room is the heart of the home, the sofa is the soul. It’s where you spend time lounging, cuddling, socializing, playing and watching your favorite shows and movies. Your sofa needs to fit your space, be comfortable and showcase your style. Available in a wide range of sizes, designs and price points, you can find a sofa that fits your aesthetic and budget.
Whether your sofa is an investment piece or a clearance deal, it’s important to seamlessly fit it into your home’s design. Be aware of the available space in your room while you select your sofa, and try to find a balance between filling your room without crowding it. Then, decide on the upholstery. Leather is a timeless option, but fabric may be a more durable choice for families with pets. Remember to choose a style that complements your home’s overall look. If your space has an overall modern aesthetic, keep the sofa style minimalist. If you prefer welcoming ambiance, look for one with plush cushions. A tufted design with brass buttons gives your space luxurious appeal. For a bold look, consider upholstery with a vibrant or patterned fabric. To add color without committing to a loud sofa, simply accessorize a neutral one with bright pillows and throws. No matter what design you choose, include an area rug and curtains that complement the seating.
What are the different types of sofas?
Sectional Sofa: Sectionals are made of two or more furniture pieces and typically include a couch, corner chair, loveseat or chaise lounge. Because they are available in an array of widths, depths and heights, you can create a custom configuration that works in small apartments or spacious living rooms. For a traditional look, consider making an L-shaped sectional with a couch and a chaise lounge. In a larger area, a U-shaped option made with loveseats and a couch fills the room and accommodates big groups.
Recliners sofa: Take the weight off your feet and unwind in pure comfort on one of our relaxing recliner sofas, available in a choice of designs and styles from fabric recliners and leather recliner sofas. Whether you’re looking for a spacious reclining corner sofa or a cosy 2-seater, there’s sure to be something that’s just right for your home in our wide range of gorgeous recliner sofas.
What type of fabric is best for a sofa?
Both leather and fabric sofas have their pros and cons, and each have different types of materials to choose from based on your lifestyle and the look you’re going for in your space.
Leather: Many sofas are upholstered with full-grain or top-grain leather. Both materials are quality natural leathers, but there are distinctions between the two. Full-grain leather is left in its natural state revealing unique markings of the hide. Further, it has a durable and breathable surface that will develop a patina as it ages. Top-grain leather has been buffed and sanded to remove imperfections, blemishes and uneven coloring to provide the cushions with a uniform look. Leather sofas can also be full-aniline dyed, which means they are dyed only with soluble materials that protect the hide’s characteristics without concealing or altering them. Leather furniture is a strong choice for homes with a classic look.
How to Measure for Your Sofa
Width: The width of your sofa determines how many people can sit on it. Looking for a place where the whole family can sit together? Select a sofa with a greater seat width. A sprawling sectional is a good option for large rooms used to entertain big groups of friends or family. If the room itself isn’t very wide, opt for seating with a smaller overall width such as a loveseat or an apartment sofa.
Height: When figuring out an ideal overall height, ask yourself how high your ceilings are. If they’re low, a shorter sofa with a lower backrest height can give the illusion of more open space. For living rooms with high ceilings, opt for a high backrest. Additionally, think about how low or high you want to be sitting. A low profile provides comfort for casual lounging, while a higher seat is better if you prefer to sit upright. Lastly, test out the armrest height to make sure it’s comfortable for you.
Depth: When you sit down, your back should be against the backrest while your feet are on the floor. For taller people, this means selecting a sofa with a greater seat depth. Shorter individuals will be more comfortable with a shallower seat depth. Also, it’s important to leave enough space between your sofa and other furniture. If the overall depth of your sofa is too large for your room, your space could look cramped.