Sofa Choices and Lifestyle: Matching the Two


While there may be many important aspects to the interior design of any room, the sofa is often the focal point and so demands the most attention. Not only does this item of furniture evoke a sense of comfort and homeliness, but it can also add plenty of colour. There is an almost unlimited range of styles available so taking some time to ensure you get the right one for your room is essential.

Perhaps the first thing you will need to consider will be the size. While this may perhaps depend upon the number of family members you have, it will be constrained by the available space in the room. The first thing to do here is to walk around the room in order to gain a rough idea as to where the item may go and how much space there is available.

Next, take more precise measurements using a tape measure. Ensure you take into account both the amount of legroom required for maximum comfort and the amount of space left around the furniture that will provide an appropriately sized walkway.

With that done, you should next consider how the size of the piece will relate to the size of the room. Using a larger couch in a larger room tends not only to look a little awkward but will also have the effect of making the room feel smaller. In this sense, it is best to opt for the smallest size you can.

In addition, to ensure you are left with a sense of open free-space it is always a good idea to opt for items that have open style legs. For most smaller rooms, a compact two-seater will be the maximum size you should go for.

You will need to consider the purpose your new couch is likely to serve. For example, will it mainly be reserved for guests or will it be expected to double-up as a spare bed when friends come to stay for the weekend? If so, it will be wise to go for one that converts into a bed with ease and preferably a model that includes a little storage space.

Finally, you will need to take into account the kind of treatment your new couch may be subjected to. If you have very young children, a leather finish may be a bad idea. Tears can occur easily and they are not so easy to repair. The better option here may be to go for a tough, durable model that is finished with an easy to maintain fabric.