When it comes to choosing a sofa for your home, there are several things to consider. I have already touched on the issue of colour here and, taking things one step at a time, will now look at the sizes of the sofa as there are things to bear in mind when hitting the furniture stores and being confronted with all the choices.
So, first things first. You will need to get the sofa into your house. It’s no joke that people have been caught out by the size of their front door or a narrow hallway where the sofa couldn’t be turned in order to get it into the room it is destined for. Measure your doors, find out if parts of the sofa you are looking to buy can be taken apart and work out what extra help you will need to get it into your home. If you’re still determined to get the massively oversized into your small third floor apartment though, you might have to hire a crane…
Next comes the basic size. Of course you will need to consider the size of your family or at least the part of the family that permanently lives under the same roof. Chances are that there will be at least the odd occasion when everybody sits together on the same sofa and that needs to be as comfortable as possible rather than a crammed together affair.
The size of your room also plays a role. If you’re blessed with a living room the size of a small London flat, then you can obviously have something like a huge corner unit and it will look fab. However, if your living room is on the more modest side but you’d still like to accommodate as many people on your sofa as possible, then things get a little more tricky. An important part to consider is the size of the arm rests. Some sofas will have large and beautifully curved arm rests, but they take valuable space. In order to maximize the seating space in a small room, look for a sofa with a more modern cut, slim arm rests, and straight lines (Mid Century styles are particularly well suited). You might find that by doing this, you’re actually gaining a seating space for a person without the external measurements of the sofa being any larger.
Consider how you use your sofa. If it’s a formal piece on which you might only have a cup of tea with some guests, then a small and fairly compact sofa will work nicely.
If, however, you are the kind of person who likes to lounge on it with a cosy blanket and possibly a second person, then you will need something larger and with a deeper seating area.
Bearing all the above points in mind, learn to play with scale. A small room doesn’t have to mean a small sofa. As long as it fits through the doors, there’s something quite cool about throwing out all the old rules about size and proportions and going the opposite direction. A grand and tall sofa in a small room can make a real impact and design statement.
I hope all these tips are helpful and if you are on the lookout for a new sofa, they might come in handy.