When you are selecting sofas for your living room or lounge, you frequently have different factors to consider than when choosing a bedroom set or dining room suite of furniture. That is because a sofa is often a stand-alone piece, and you have to take the other lounge furniture into consideration when making your choice of style, color and finish.
When purchasing a sofa, therefore, you have first to decide whether or not it is important that the sofa matches the rest of your living room furniture – or at least blends in with it. Before pursuing this argument further let’s discuss one or two examples of sofas available online.
Choosing Living Room Sofas: Examples
One furniture company offers an 88 inch long 3-cushion reclining sofa in brown leather. This sofa is a fabulous recliner and likely has a fabulous price tag to go with it, although that is not what we are discussing right now. This looks like it would fit in well in any living room in any typical American home – if there is such a thing. But is it? If you had already furnished your living room in black leather, would you feel happy with a new brown fabric sofa?
Probably not! The same firm as above offers another sofa that you can purchase online. This sofa is 5 ft 8 in wide, and this too has three cushions, but not in leather this time. This item is beautifully upholstered in a fabulous white fabric. It might be that white is not a practical color, particularly with pets or young children using it.
However, this would offer the perfect contrast to your black leather furniture, and certainly more suitable than the expensive brown leather recliner. Two or three chairs and sofas in black leather flanking a beautiful dazzling white (for now) sofa would look pretty impressive, and many might even adopt this style after reading this!
What is being said here is that when you are selecting living room sofas you must be able to match your choice with your existing decor and furnishings. People purchase dining room sets and sets of bedroom furniture, but not living room sets as such. So be aware of that fact, especially when you have to buy a new chair or sofa for your living room.
Comfort and Style
We have yet to mention comfort, and it is debatable when discussing living room furniture whether style or comfort is the more important. Comfort will generally be first, although style will also be prominent in your mind making this a difficult choice to make. You often have to visit a showroom to try a couch by sitting on it, although many do successfully purchase sofas online.
Sofas are available in a very wide range of fabrics, styles, colors and designs and you are sure to find a finishing material that meets your needs. However, you cannot make that decision until you have settler on the design of living room sofa you want – or even if you want one at all now that you understand the options available to you.
Would a sectional unit look good in an otherwise bare corner between a cocktail table on one side and a display unit or bookcase on the other? Sectionals are useful in that you can arrange them as you wish, and you can also change the way they are put together from time to time. We have already mentioned recliners that are worth their weight in gold in the evening, particularly if you do hard manual work or are on your feet most of the day.
Maybe a loveseat would be appropriate – if you are a single guy looking for something more intimate to offer than two single chairs. This is just a small sofa for two (the tighter the fit the better!). The word ‘sofa’ can be use with reference to a number of other options, but you get the general drift. It is probably a fact that once you made up your mind to purchase a living room sofa, you have already decided in advance what style and color of upholstery you want.
Size is Important
A sofa can take up a fair bit of room in a lounge, so you should make sure you have the room to accommodate your choice. Your eye might be caught by a wonderful 88 inch reclining sofa in the showroom, or you might even be impressed by its photograph in an online store on your computer screen, but what if you paid for it, had it delivered an it suddenly looked a lot bigger in your living room than in that massive showroom. 88 inches is 7 ft 4 in, and that is long – then you have to add on the space needed each side of it.
In practice, that will take up almost 12 feet, or 4 yards, after installation when you take the necessary traffic space around it. Four long paces, so make sure you have that available in your living room – many end up buying sofas far too large for their living rooms.