So you are in the market for a sofa, sofa or sectional? I was lucky! If you’ve followed me here, you know that I like to change things up frequently in our home – including, if I feel like it, the sofas/sections. But hubby says that’s too expensive 🙁
Since we as a couple have lived in five different apartments/houses and had many different living/lounging spaces, we have owned many different styles of sofas/sections over the years. I’ll cover the pros and cons of each below from the owner’s perspective (not the designer’s), as well as some other factors to consider.
The first thing I will say is that this is a great purchase. You’ll probably only make one every 10 years or so. So please read this first!
Quality or speed?
For us, knowing that we would keep this piece of furniture for many years, we recently invested in a higher quality piece. No, I’m not talking about $6,000. But I think you need to spend at least $2,000 for a quality sofa…and you should probably spend a little more on a sectional.
If you need quick attention – college students or studio apartment owners – IKEA or even Amazon It may be a good choice for you. Here are some quick sofas that may hold you back for a while:
Sofa or sectional?
Now that you know you’ll be making the investment, you need to decide whether you want a sofa or a sectional. So many options, where do you start?!
Obviously, sofas are better for small spaces due to their small size. But sofas can also be great for larger conversation spaces, too. When you buy a two- or three-person sofa, it gives you more space to add individual chairs that offer different touches of color or pattern. You know how much I love old chairs 🙂 And you have the freedom to point those chairs in any direction to create more comfortable conversation directions.
If you buy a giant, you’ll get one piece of cloth and a lot of heads to talk to. So think about how you will use your space. Here are some inspiring examples of sofa style/setting:
One thing we noticed in our living room is that it limits sitting when eating/drinking. We didn’t want the coffee table to take up too much of our space. Now, when we drink coffee and wine (and more wine), we primarily sit separately at either end of the sectional where the end tables are.
The center of the clip is left largely open. A smaller sofa will give you more options for accent tables, so consider this practically when planning your room.
Another thing I read recently is that sofas tend to be a better option for introverts. Think about entertaining (or spending time with family) and everyone should gather together in one section. Sofas and chairs give people more options for individual breathing space. Something to consider if you have a household of introverts…
If sold on a sofa, one of mine dream The sofas that are there now are Interior identification by Sloan. It is elegant and elegant. You can choose between many different fabrics.
I’m also equally obsessed Field sofa from Buro. Very good price for a good quality sofa, many upgrade options and fabric options, and it looks very good.
Sectional is best ional? maybe?
For me, the clip is the ultimate in comfort. You have plenty of options for sitting, lounging, and curling up sectionally, especially for TV time and movie night. The sofas look a bit formal to me, but they allow for more lighting and table options for the room.
We have invested in a sectional of Administrative Board Room It’s been a few years since our TV space has followed us to multiple homes.
We chose a darker, more neutral color so we can coordinate it as our tastes change. And also because we had two kids who liked to draw recklessly on most things.
Looking back – I would choose to stay away from a dark color because it darkens your entire room. Our house here has dark hardwood floors and there’s not a lot of light in our spaces (we have a screened porch that blocks the light from the window above this sectional.) It really creates a dark atmosphere that can be depressing.
You can “lighten up” things by choosing a light rug, light curtains, a light wall color and light pillows. But really – I’m in the mood for a new sofa or sectional as soon as the budget allows.
Ultimately, sectionals are great for people who want one large, simple piece of furniture that uniformly focuses the room and creates cohesion. They have more options for seating locations, locations and views. We can take a nap, have a dog break with us, or connect with the family over a game.
Nowadays, you can “create your own section” on most furniture sites, giving you unlimited options for the size/layout of your room.
The infamous chair
One comment about the lounges here. It seems common these days for sofas to include a chaise longue. I’m not a big fan of most rooms, especially if you like to entertain. It basically eliminates the seat because who’s going to lie down in a chair while chatting with adult friends?
And I’ll tell you, your grandmother doesn’t want you trying to get on and off that couch, nor does she want to witness it.
We currently have a sofa with a chaise longue, but it’s in our kids’ playroom, so it’s perfect for them to relax, chat with friends, and play video games. You can read more about this sofa here.
Fabric or leather?
For me, this largely depends on the style of the room. When we designed our office/lounge, we couldn’t get a floral fabric sofa. No, it had to be “cool” and elegant. So we went with This classic knotted leather chair. It’s very cozy and a perfect place to listen to music with a cocktail… Mad Men style.
In my experience, leather has been better for spills and cleanup. For some reason, our dog sleeps on this couch most of the day. But nowadays, companies are making fabrics with greater stain resistance, so that may not be as much of a limiting factor as it once was. Here are some other super stylish leather sofas:
Although leather is generally viewed as the ultimate luxury, I actually prefer the comfort of a nice fabric seat that conforms to your body. In my experience, leather makes a lot of noise when sitting and moving. And don’t even try to sit on it if you’re a little sweaty or you’ll peel yourself!
So, for me, unless style dictates it, I’ll choose a comfortable fabric. I could give my opinion on so many different fabric options for days, but there are many good sites out there already about this.
Loose or firm pillows?
The back of your sofa/sofa is just as important as what you sit on. You can find sofas with fixed back cushions and sofas with “pillow backs.” We own both. I think pillow backs are more popular. They offer more flexibility in moving the pillows up or down for support, provide more options for flipping and changing them, and usually come with covers that can be removed for cleaning.
But I see an advantage to the fixed back, it is comfortable for my husband. We purchased a fixed back sofa from Room & Board in 2013, and it is now in our master bedroom. This photo below is from our living room in Seattle.
The back of the pillows we have now slip into uncomfortable positions from time to time where he has to reach back and move them so his neck is supported.
Our fixed back sofa stays in the same place, so there’s no need for any adjustment – just full support when it goes into coma mode. As you try out your sofas, adjust your position in the seat and see how those back cushions hold up.
Two more things. Depth and legs. Or no legs. Regarding the depth of the sofa; This may not be something you’ve ever thought about before, but it could actually be a deal breaker. Seating depth is the distance from the back of the cushion to the front of the sofa.
A deeper depth is much better for relaxation. But sitting can be terrible. When you sit, think about the distance from your back to the natural bend of your knee. If you are short and sitting on a deep sofa, you will need to place several pillows behind your back to be able to place your feet comfortably on the floor – which becomes very annoying.
If you’re tall and sit on a short-deep sofa, the front edge frame may dig into your hamstrings all day long — which is also uncomfortable. So think about that and compare your seat depths while you shop.
Finally, let’s talk about the legs. You will notice that our room and board sofa does not have legs. He’s sitting on the floor. This is good for creating a strong anchor in the room and to balance taller furniture. I’m all about balance. If you have floor sofas or accent chairs in the room, you may want to consider a larger option. Plus, it makes it easy to vacuum from the bottom!
Karen Sloan is the founder, editor, and syndicated content writer for www.decorhint.com. They offer glimpses of inspiration for everyday life, including home ideas, DIY projects and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared on Google News, MSN, Pioneer Woman, Apartment Therapy, Bustle, and more.