The introduction of online shopping has allowed people to browse hundreds if not thousands of major department stores and boutique specialty shops from the comfort of their own home. Because of this, it is very easy to get bogged down by the number of great options when you are searching for home furnishings.
One prime example of this is choosing a sofa. With hundreds of different colors and styles to choose from, it can be hard for the average person to make an educated decision on what they would like to buy. Fortunately, we have a few handy tips that you should keep in mind while you are trying to choose a sofa for your living room or family room.
This may seem obvious, but before you even begin to think about anything else – color, pattern, fabric choice – you should think about what size and shape of sofa would be the best option for your space. If you have a large living room, you will need to decide how much of the space you would like your sofa to fill. If you would like the room to include other seating such as armchairs, a coffee table, or a large entertainment center, you might want to opt for a smaller, basic sofa or an L shaped sectional. This way, the sofa will not be the focal point of the room.
However, if you have a smaller space, the sofa may be the room’s focal point. In this case, you could opt for a larger, more rounded sectional that will provide adequate seating for everyone in the room. If you are trying to choose a sofa that will be the room’s main piece, you will want to put extra time into choosing a style and design that you love but is also functional and practical.
In order to arrange your furniture properly, you will first need to decide what the room’s purpose will be. Will this room be primarily used for watching TV? Do you have an outstanding view from an upper story window? Will you be using the room to gather together a large group of people? Center the furniture around the room’s focal point: the TV, window, fireplace, or favorite piece of artwork.
If you will be hosting people on a regular basis, you will want to make sure that the seating area is arranged in such a way that all of your guests will be able to interact with everyone in the room. If your room is mostly used by individuals that are reading, relaxing, or watching TV, several distinct sitting areas might be better.
Many newer homes have open concept floor plans. This means that the living room might flow into the dining room and kitchen without walls to separate them. An easy way to visually divide up the space is with an L shaped sofa. This can separate the living area in front of the sofa from the dining room or office that is located behind the sofa.
If you have a smaller living room, you might want to choose a set of loveseats. These are great for cozier rooms that will fit a handful of people. They can be set up to face each other, or form an L-shape, making it easy to communicate, while providing open space for other furniture in the room.
The second most popular option for smaller spaces is to use a daybed or chaise lounge instead of a sectional or other, larger style of sofa. This works well if you would like the room to include armchairs or other types of seating in addition to the sofa. It is a step up from a futon while still remaining compact and functional.
Once you have decided on the size and shape of your new sofa, you will need to start thinking about your fabric choice. While many colors might look nice in your living room, you will also want to think about their practicality. For example, a white or light colored sofa might seem like it would be a beautiful addition to your living room, but if you have pets or young children, your lovely new sofa could quickly turn into a vibrant collection of stains.
While suede upholstery can be a classic choice, it does not tend to hold up well against constant abuse. If you know that your sofa will probably take a beating from your children, you might want to opt for a more resilient option such as a dark leather sectional or a sofa that is upholstered in outdoor fabric.
In addition to being a durable choice, leather is also a popular option due to its timeless look that tends to get better as it gets broken in. On the other hand, many modern outdoor fabrics look just as nice as their indoor counterparts. As an added bonus, this type of upholstery will stand up remarkably well to spills, stains, and water damage.
While these tips can be a good guideline for choosing a sofa, the bottom line is that you have live with your choice, so you should love what you choose. Pick a sofa that goes with your own personal style. Do you want your living room to have a vintage theme? A sleek, modern feel? And eclectic mix of colors and patterns?
Do not be afraid to experiment with colors and patterns when it comes to your living room furniture. Reupholstering a sofa is relatively inexpensive, so you can always opt for something else if you make the wrong decision. But you might end up loving that bright blue sofa that keeps calling your name, so if you love a piece of furniture, you owe it to yourself to give it a chance.
If, after weighing your options and considering your living room size and shape, you have decided to purchase a sectional sofa, you should look no farther than Nader’s Furniture’s outstanding selection of sectionals.
Our listings include the Apollo, a spacious sectional that comes in a variety of neutral colors that will go well with the existing decorations in almost any living room. If you are looking for a more understated option, you might like the Pacific Beach, a smaller sectional that is built with a sturdy wooden frame and comes in sterling grey or chocolate brown. One of our most popular leather sectionals is the Sampson, which is similar in size to the Pacific Beach but instead comes with leather upholstery.
If you love to lean back in your armchair or recliner while you are reading a book or watching a movie, you might want to opt for one of our high quality reclining sofas. Reclining sofas offer all of the benefits of a recliner while still seating a large number of people in a relatively small space. Many of our reclining sofas also include a center console that provides you with a handy place to store the remote and easy to reach cupholders for your drinks.
If living room space is at a premium and you do not want to try to cram a full sized sectional into your home, you might instead opt for a loveseat. These compact sofas offer all the convenience of a full sized sectional but can easily be tucked away into the corner of any living area. Some of our loveseats also include a reclining section as well as a center console where you can lay out your snacks and drinks on movie night. Purchasing a loveseat can be a great way to make sure your smaller living room space lives up to its fullest potential.
Another factor to consider is whether or not you want to purchase a sleeper sofa. If you have frequent overnight guests, having a queen sleeper conveniently stored inside your loveseat or sofa can be a huge benefit. For example, or Tornado Chocolate Dual Reclining Loveseat is great for sitting on during the day, but in just minutes it can be transformed into a comfortable bed for two.
Whether you are looking to buy a traditional sofa, a sectional, a reclining sofa, or a loveseat, you are sure to find what you are looking for in Nader’s Furniture’s extensive listings. Browse our website to see our great selection of sofas as well as extensive listings of recliners and other chairs, coffee tables, ottomans, and so much more. Our affordable prices and high quality furniture will keep you coming back for more.