5 Tips for Choosing the Ideal Sofa in Small Rooms
Planning to get a new sofa set but not sure if it will fit into your small living room? Follow these 5 simple tips and you will find the perfect set of sofa in no time!
1. Measure, measure, measure
Give your room a good measure and write it down. This is the easiest and most important task to do that lets you know right away how much space is left to accommodate your new sofa, and of course that includes every other piece of furniture as well. If you are not starting from a blank room, measure around the free space you allocated.
Next, get a proper dimension of the sofas in your shopping list and filter them down to those that only and fits reasonably within the space available. Not to mention, always leave acceptable room for walking space.
2. Think and sketch
Now remember that seats are often the single furniture that takes up most space in the living room, besides table, storage units and walk ways. Make a drawing of how you would like to place all these pieces in the room, or at least for now, see if all of them would fit into the free space. There is no need to keep sketching and fixing on one drawing, free yourself from the limit and make a few other drawings with different pieces of furniture that you have in mind and soon you will find a plan that you love the most.
3. State your purpose
This is a great deal considering we are planning to achieve a lot within a small room. So ask yourself, do you like to host gatherings with friends and family sitting around a table to serve drinks with? If yes, you not only need a sizable table, you would also want to look at bench seats which are longer and are able to create a more welcoming atmosphere.
Homeowners who stay in small houses with not many walls may use bigger sofas, such as the 3-seater or an L-shape sofa, or even a shelving unit as a separator between the living room and the other rooms.
To feel more spacious, you can always opt for modular sofas and sofas with low backrest and low armrest. The modular design creates an ample seating space without setting you on a restriction of arranging of a fixed length sofa, whereas the lowered design can make your small room look bigger. Seats without backrest or simply a footstool will make good seating too. Upholstered footstools nowadays are usually able to double up as a storage unit, easily act as a table and as your normal backless sofa. There is also this smart solution when you needed an extra bed – by pushing all the modular sofas and footstools together, you can form a bed for the night, cool and comfortable.
4. Pick a suitable filling material
Always start with a good and sturdy frame, before choosing the filling and upholstery. The filling on the inside of the cushion reflects a lot of how comfortable they feel when you sit on it. Depending on the sofa you are buying, some of them will allow you to choose the fillings, from puffy and plump to fluffy and light. I have no straight answer here, you should try on some real examples and then it’s all down to your personal taste of which one is perfect.
5. Upholstery, style and design
Fabric sofas are often the most comfortable to sit and sleep on, but can be tedious to clean up when there are stains and dirt that could happen in the future. Also keep in mind of the usual wear and tear that is unavoidable, especially when there are young children or pets around the house. So if your budget allows, it is safer to opt for dark leather sofas instead of fabric ones, as they are simpler to maintain, more durable and are more appealing. You can always choose to reupholster your sofa in the future to make it look new again.
Now I hope you have the basic idea of what kind of sofa that is best for your living room.