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How to Choose the Perfect Sofa

Posted by Mary Olinger on


Picking out living room furniture can become a daunting task if you don’t have a little bit of help. When you first start looking at sofas, recliners and chaises it can be intriguing. But after viewing several options, it can become confusing and you are no longer sure of what you wanted to begin with. Since your living room furniture is an investment in your home, comfort, and even entertainment, you want to be sure you get the right sofa. Having just the right sofa means you will be able to enjoy many years of relaxing or entertaining guests. It’s also important to match your sofa to your décor to ensure it is aesthetically appealing and doesn’t clash. Here are a few tips on how to find the perfect sofa for living areas.

Size of the Sofa

The very first thing you want to consider is the size of your living area and what size sofa is going to be the best fit. If your living room is smaller, you may want to focus on opting for a love seat and chaise; or a sofa bed and a couple of chairs to accommodate. In order to keep your living area comfortable, you don’t want to overfill it with furnishings. An L-shaped sofa may work in some smaller living areas as it can provide seating without consuming too much space. Smaller living rooms will automatically make the sofa a focal point whereas larger living areas can more easily accommodate larger sofas. Make sure your sofa is going to fit in the design of the room.

Orientation of the Sofa

The sofa is an integral part of the living room and successfully organizing the space means considering your lifestyle. What are the basic activities that take place in your living area? If the living area is used for reading or lounging, then you may want to select a smaller couch or loveseat so you’ll have room for a couple of chairs as well. If you will spend time watching TV, a larger couch along a wall across from the television might work perfectly.

Shape of the Sofa

Which shape is going to best suit your living area? If the room is large, then a larger, L-shaped sofa may be fitting. These fit nicely into corners of smaller rooms which allow for more open space in the center. You may also want to consider using two loveseats placed in an L-shape with a table in between if space allows. A large sectional sofa can also be used as a divider between a living area and another room such as a dining area.

Material of the Sofa

Think about what type of material you want your sofa to be covered with. Many people prefer leather as it is classy and tasteful. Others may want a nice white suede just because they are sleek. However, if you have small children in the home, or who frequently visit, or pets you probably want to avoid lighter colors. Microfiber is easy to care for and resists stains so if you do a lot of entertaining it might be the most suitable option. Leather wears well as it ages and is very stylish. Which do you prefer?

Style of the Sofa

Choose the style that is going to be most complementary of your home and décor. Try to identify your personal style. Instinct can go a long way when it comes to picking the right sofa. Overall, it’s important to ensure the sofa goes along with the overall theme. If your style is modern and sleek, go for a sofa with clean lines and dark or dramatic colors. Your sofa should be an expression or reflection of your tastes and style. If you prefer a more traditional style, a neutral fabric will be complementary.


Once you have determined what it is you need in a sofa, you are ready to pick out the perfect one for you. At Think Lounges, we have a wide variety of sofas and living room furniture to meet your need for style and fashion in furnishings. Click here to view the broad selection of affordable and stylish living room furniture designed to meet your needs.


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