How To: Find The Right Sofa For Your Living Room


How To: Find The Right Sofa For Your Living Room

Trying to picture which design will best suit the space and help you achieve the flow you want for the room is equally challenging.

Interior stylist Lisa Koehler offers her five best tips:

1. Floor plan

Consider the proportion of the living room

Make sure you measure the width of your front door, stairwell or lift. If you can’t fit the sofa through there, you can’t have it in your house.

This will also help you understand what will fit the overall space, before you head off to the shops.  Given the size of the living area will a two or three-seater sofa fit?

“Also, consider the proportion of the room – such as whether it has high or low ceilings,” Koehler says.

“If the room is really small, pick a sofa that makes it feel as light as you possibly can.”

2. Leg style and shape

If you have a small room, Koehler says it’s best to choose a sofa with defined legs.

“If you have a sofa that is bottom heavy, your eye will follow that straight to the floor and it just feels heavier in the space,” she says.

“When a sofa has a leg, it also has that circulation space underneath, so it creates a feeling of being more light.”

3. Arms

Low arms are important if you want to nap on your couch

Once again, the size of the room will impact your choice here.

“If the room is small, then choose a sofa with narrow arms, so it’s not as visually heavy,” she says.

“I tend to use a wide arm in larger scale spaces. A big arm needs breathing space.”

Another factor to consider is how you intend to use the sofa.

“Do you intend to nestle into the corner, or take naps? If so, a high arm isn’t going to work and a low arm is more casual,” she says.

4. Fabric v leather

This is one that essentially comes down to personal preference and how you wish to the style of space.

“If you want a warm, inviting space, then fabric is going to be a lot nicer to sit on,” Koehler says.

“Leather can have a formality to it. There are positive and negative aspects to both options.”

While leather can appear to be more hard-wearing, particularly for parents with young children, Koehler says fabric is probably a better way to go.

“Pick a fabric that has sold light and shade, is scotch-guarded and has a heavy residential use grading, with some polyester in the fabric. If you do all that, it’s as good as leather.”

5. Placement and colour

Think about the color of your sofa – will it match the room?

Ultimately, placement of your sofa will be guided by the flow of the room and its intended use.

“Is it a room to watch TV, or for conversation? If it’s for conversation, place the sofas in an L-shape, because placing them opposite each other is a bit more formal and confronting,” Koehler says.

Ideally, placing your sofa against a solid wall is the best option, but be careful to ensure it’s not in a thoroughfare.

“You want it to be a cosy area and you don’t want lots of people walking past you,” she says.

In terms of colour, Koehler advises taking a sample of the couch fabric or leather home, to test it in the living space, particularly the floor and wall colour.

“I’ve often had to repaint an entire room because the tones of the walls and the sofa were completely mismatched.”


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