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8 Tips in Choosing the Right Living Room Couch According to Space
February 15, 2016 | By Ayi Anigan

8 Tips in Choosing the Right Living Room Couch According to Space


One of the biggest furniture decisions you can make is choosing the right living room couch. It is not just a major investment but also a centerpiece in your home and a reflection of who you are as a person. After endless furniture hunting and online browsing, you surely have an idea of how you want your living room to look.


The question now is will your chosen living room couch fit your existing space?


Save yourself from buyer’s remorse and wasted money. Use these eight tips in choosing the right sofa for your space.

Decide On How You Will Use the Couch


A living room couch is an investment because it is an important piece that needs to last. Before paying for anything, you need to establish the purpose of the couch to help you balance both the function and aesthetic.


Some questions you need to ask are:


  • Who will use the couch?
  • How many people will sit on it?
  • Will guests sleep on it when the need arises?
  • Are you going to use the couch everyday or only when there are guests?
  • Will your kids use and jump on it?

By answering these questions, it will be easier for you to determine what type of couch you need to get for your home.


Consider the Size of Your Room


The size of the room matters in choosing a couch. The sofa is the largest piece in the room, so make sure it should neither overpower the room nor take up too much space and prevent you from adding accessories.


Therefore, look at the entire room from all angles and decide how much space you want your living room couch to occupy. Scale and proportion are also important, so consider the couch’s length, depth, and back height.


Figure out the Sofa’s Orientation within our Living Room


Every part in your home is a reflection of your personality. Before you organize your living room, it is important that you analyze your lifestyle and that of your family as well.


For instance, if you plan to use the living room as for catching your favorite shows, then your couch should face in the direction where your TV is located. If you will use your living room for relaxation, then create multiple seating areas. If you are into hosting dinners with friends, then couches should be in semi- or full circle arrangement for a cozy lounge area.


This leads you to the next tip


Choose a Shape


Sofa comes in variety of shapes that will fit your living room space:


  • L-shape – Ideal for large or open areas that needs to be divided
  • Curved – Best for smaller living room space
  • Rectangular or Square-shape – Traditional living room sofa that could work in any given space. It could be one-, two-, or three-seater couch.
  • Chaise or Daybed – An alternative to traditional couch, which allows you to add more furniture pieces in the room.

Consequently, don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture pieces in your living room.

Think about the Fabric


How your couch will look will surely create a statement in your home. However, you need to consider functionality to make sure that your sofa will last long.


Leather material is consistent in style and easy to clean, but often wears well with age. Outdoor fabric is another option since it is water-, stain-, and sun-resistant. Suede looks good and elegant, but won’t work if you have kids or pets in the house. If you want something more durable, then cotton, synthetic microfiber, and linen are your best options. 


As to the color, you can stick to plain, neutral colors since it is easier to accessorize. Patterns and prints may be good options, but stay away from trendy, loud, or dark prints since it may be out of style a few years from now and make your room look smaller.


Make Sure it Will Fit through Your Door


Now that you’ve chosen a couch, here is something you need to ask yourself: will it fit through your door?


Whether you are renting, likely to move to a new place, or living in your own home, your couch moves and goes with you. Therefore, it should fit not just your existing space but also through the door. Make sure that you can easily move the couch to other areas in your home in case you decide to re-decorate.


Remember that Quality is Key


You want a couch that lasts and will serve you well. Hence, the quality is another factor you need to consider. Make sure to check the sofa’s suspension system, cushioning, and overall frame. You might need to re-upholster your couch after a few years, which is why you need to carefully consider the fabric.


Keep in mind that a good sofa will last long as long as you invest in quality.


Add Your Personal Touch


Last and definitely not the least, don’t forget to add your own flair to the room. There are tips and tricks to help you decorate but at the end of the day, it still boils down to your personal choice. Trust your instinct and don’t be afraid to experiment.


The bottom line is to choose a couch that combines style, comfort, and reliability at a good price point and a size applicable to your existing space. Make sure to take photos of the living room area and refer to these pictures when shopping. Before you pay for the couch, don’t forget to plot the couch’s dimension on the floor to check how much space it will occupy.


Happy sofa hunting!



Ayi is a former law student turned freelance writer, mompreneur, and stay-at-home mom. When her kids are in their most behaved state, she documents her adventures as a mom on The Momma Chronicles, tries to bring out her inner kitchen goddess, do her best to put her kids’ toys in appropriate boxes, and makes her home as organized and clutter-free as possible.

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