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Sofas and Couches
When you’re decorating a room where you plan to entertain, there’s no more important centerpiece than the sofa. For many people, the sofa is the largest piece of furniture in the room, and it’s almost certainly where people will look first to understand your sense of style — and to find a comfortable place to sit!
We have a huge collection of sofas in many styles and sizes to make getting just the right look for your home a breeze. Whether you’re looking for a compact three-seater or something that will provide seating for a crowd, you’re sure to find what you need to complement any decor. We’ve got the right sofa for your formal living room, casual family room, masculine den or feminine dressing area.
Choosing the Right Sofa for Your Home
There are several decisions to make when it comes selecting the perfect couch for your house. Be sure to mull over all your options as you decide what type of seating will work best for you.
- Size: The first step in buying a new sofa is to measure your room to see how large a couch you need. As you do so, don’t forget to take into account space for foot traffic around the furniture so your room isn’t overcrowded.
- Upholstery: Next, the overall look of your furniture will be dictated by its covering. Choose leather for luxurious durability, or pick a solid or patterned fabric for a more casual look. Patterned upholstery will command attention as a focal point in the room while solids or neutral colors will help your sofa blend in with existing furniture.
- Accents: Don’t forget to take into account the legs of the furniture. If they are exposed, you’ll want the wood tone or color of the metal to blend well with other accents in your color scheme. You’ll also need to decide on matching or contrasting fabric for toss pillows in customizable options. All accents should work together in a harmonious whole for your decor.
Sofa Style Trends
Not sure where to get started with your search for the perfect furniture? Consider these current trends in sofa design to get some inspiration.
- Grey: Grey is the hottest neutral going right now, and it lends a cool sophistication to any room.
- Mid-Century Modern: The clean lines of the 50s and 60s are still influencing modern decor. Look for tufting on the back and narrow, angled legs to get the look.
- Power Recliners: Lean back in comfort at the push of a button with these high-tech sofas. Many even come with built-in USB chargers to keep your devices juiced up and ready to go.
Types of Sofas
- Loveseat: Loveseats are smaller versions of sofas. They typically seat two people and are designed with two seat cushions, two back cushions and two armrests. They make great additions to small spaces and can be doubled up for more seating in larger spaces.
- Sectional Sofa: Sectional sofas are what you would get if you were to join two sofas together. Named for their “sections,” these designs feature a corner seat, which forms a right angle for two rows of seating. These designs are best placed in corners of rooms, to align with the corner of the seats. Great for larger households, choose this sofa type if you want to maximize your lounging options.
- Sleeper Sofa: A sleeper sofa is a sofa that contains a mattress inside it. The mattress can pull out when needed for an overnight guest or an extra bed. When not in use, the mattress tucks back into the sofa and the sofa cushions are placed on top of the mattress to hide it. When not in use, sleeper sofas look just like regular sofas.
- Modular Sofa: A modular sofa is a sectional that can be rearranged. Usually, this means that the sectional contains a chaise on one end and two seats on the other end; the chaise and seats can be switched from left to right as needed.
- Minimalist Sofa: A minimalist sofa contains clean lines and monochromatic fabric. It is the simplest of the sofas, designed to complement an open space.
- Chesterfield Sofa: A Chesterfield sofa is a sofa with rolled arms, tufted back and (usually) leather upholstery. The back is usually flush with the arms, creating a sleek line. Chesterfields are great for traditional-style spaces.
A Note on Material + More Sofa Types
The bestselling sofas are fabric or leather – but don’t let that let you think that those are the only two options! Sofas actually come in a variety of upholstery options, including microfiber and faux leather. Additionally, more unique sofa types that aren’t as common – but still stylish! – include futons (extendable sofas for sleeping, sans mattress) and chaise lounges (one long, single seat). Thanks to sofas for every size and style of space, creating the perfect living room furniture setup is easy.
How to Create Your Ideal Living Space
You know you need a living room refresh – but where to start? When thinking about your shopping, designing and decorating decisions for your ideal living room, the best place to start is with measurements. Take into account the size of your space. Take a measuring tape and, with the help of another person, hold one end of the tape from the furthest corner of the room and the other end at the opposite. Note the length: this will come in handy when choosing the perfect sofa that’s neither too big or too small for your home.
Secondly, consider your color scheme. Considering a sofa just because it is comfortable may feel good – but looks are also important! Take a look at the pieces you already have. What color is the coffee table? Wall mirror? TV stand? Rug? Walls? Drapes? (And so on and so on!) If each of these things is more or less a similar color, or contributes to an overall palette that is no more than two or three colors, then your sofa should follow suit; choose a sofa color in the same color as the rest of your living room. (Now, if the list of colors in your living room is long, say longer than four, then consider removing or replacing the pieces in the room for a more minimalist color palette – and an easier-to-style space.)Finally, consider material. In a sofa, material isn’t just about feel (though how it feels against your skin is important, too). Along with feel, consider your household. Do you have children or live with pets? How often do you use your sofa? In what circumstances do you and your household use your sofa? Is food ever involved when seated – or drinks? Depending on how often you might expect spills or messes, you may consider a fabric type easier to clean; performance upholstery is made for just this purpose. If you entertain a lot or expect your sofa to be used multiple times a day for long periods, you will want to look into an option designed for durability and which won’t show signs of wear and tear; features such as thickness of material, the weight of the sofa’s legs and frame and density of the cushion contents will contribute to its longevity.