Picking the right sofa is one of the biggest furniture decisions anyone makes. It is the center of any living room, the furniture piece around which the whole décor is being created. It’s why it has to perfectly integrate in the room. Here is a simple guideline on how to pick the perfect sofa for your living room:
Consider size first
If you have a bigger living room, you’ll need to decide exactly how much of the living room you want your couch to fill. Do you want to include other couches or chairs? Do you want a coffee table? If you have a small living room, odds are you’ll need a smaller couch. With less space, any couch or sofa is going to be in the spotlight, so it’s important to pick something that is practical, but is also of a strong design that carries and complements the rest of the space.
Decide exactly how the sofa will be oriented
Successfully organizing a living space starts with analyzing your lifestyle. Does your family use the living room to lounge, relax and read? Surround your sofa with chairs and cushions to create multiple seating areas that can be enjoyed individually, or as a large group.
Determine which shape will suit the room best
Now that you’ve decided your sofa’s function, it’s time to figure out which shape will help it fulfill that purpose. A clean L-shape is great for open areas that need to be divided — such as separating the living room from the dining room.
Research upholstery materials
Aesthetic is important, but functionality is key when it comes to choosing a material for your sofa. A lot of us that would love to indulge in a plush, white suede sofa —they’re so gorgeous, but can be a poor choice if you have pets or small children who will cause some serious damage.
Choose a style that complements your home
It can be a little hard to nail down your own personal style, but go with your gut instinct when picking the type of couch that will fit naturally in your home. If your style is sleek and modern, pick something that reflects that in clean lines and dramatic colors.