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Figuring out how a sofa will fit into your living room layout is crucial because the rest of the space will revolve around the seating area. For example, if you host regular movie nights at your house, you’ll need to have at least a three-seater in your home. At the end of the day, your sofa has to suit the size, layout, and your personal lifestyle in order to fit inside your living space.
Small Living Rooms
A small living room typically won’t have enough space for anything but a tiny coffee table, a sofa, a side table, and a television. In this layout, the couch should be the anchor of the room, so opt for a style that’s compact yet great for lounging on after a hard day at work.
- Loveseat: Great for two people and compact enough to fit in small living rooms.
- Sleeper: A deep sofa that contains a fold-out futon that’s incredibly comfy.
A slightly bigger living room can be an entertainment space for guests, plus, you’ll have access to many other types of couches, like the midcentury and chesterfield. Midcentury’s are typically long and have tiny pegged feet, while a chesterfield is an oversized couch with rolled arms.
Large Living Rooms
Spacious rooms are a bit easier to decorate because you don’t have to sacrifice furniture for space. However, a large room can be challenging to fill up. Most large living rooms will need at least two sofas to balance out the space, and you can do this by making them face each other.
Families or entertainers should create a lounge area where everyone can wind down after dinner. Choose a sofa that’s durable, comfortable, and simple in case a mess occurs.
- Loose Back: Adds comfortable support but still has a tailored look.
- Slipcover Sofa: Looks crisp, and the cover can be removed and cleaned.
What if you have a huge room that can support two living rooms? If your large space is suitable enough to split it with two back-to-back sofas, you may want to do this if your family can’t decide on the room layout. On one side, create an entertainment room with a television, and on the other, decorate the space with two extra chairs and designate it as a lounge area for guests.
A gargantuan living space would benefit from a tight-back sofa, as they’re more durable and child-friendly. For a more uniform look, add a tuxedo sofa with slightly curved arms.
Family Living Rooms
A family home with young children may want to buy sofas that are easy to clean and are unlikely to cause injuries. Buy two couches if the room can support it, and style them in an L-shape for a casual look. One of the sofas can be a loveseat, but place that couch on the smallest wall.
- English Rolled Arms: Durable, low to the ground, and go with everything.
- Track Arms: Has square-shaped arms that are cozy and soft.
Sectionals are another appropriate way to add a couch without closing off the room. Traditional living rooms may prefer this approach, as it creates an open feel. Choose between a U-shaped sectional, which would look great with a small, square coffee table, or an L-shaped sectional if you already have a lengthy centerpiece. U-shaped sectionals are terrific for small children.
If you want to commit to a sectional long-term, buy a modular sofa. Module sofas are customizable and have multiple moving parts, so you can change up the look of your living room without buying another couch. Deep sectionals are super comfy and come in fun colors, but only purchase one if you have a large room. Otherwise, you’ll swallow up the space.