Choosing your perfect sofa is about more than just measuring the available floor space. Yes, you need to also make sure it will fit through doorways, halls, stairwells, elevators, or any other entry or access points to your home. But you also need to consider form and function.
Evaluate All Angles
What have you liked about other sofas you’ve owned or rested upon? Was it the length? The depth? The armrests? The firmness of the seat and the back support? The fabric? All of these seemingly small elements combine to create the perfect sofa.
Maybe the length is fine but the arms are too high or too bulky. A narrower arm will occupy slightly less real estate, while a lower arm will make the space appear more open and be more comfortable for resting your head upon.
The Sit Test
A sofa or sectional might look perfect and fit with your budget and space constraints, but if it’s uncomfortable, it holds little value. Give yourself at least three to five minutes to sit down and truly relax in the seat. Lean into the back support or against the armrest to see if it suits your body and how you like to lounge.
If you’ve got long legs, are you comfortable? Or if you’re on the shorter side, do you feel like you’re sinking into the sofa? Can you easily sit and stand?
Fabric or Leather
Many high-performance, nearly stain-proof fabric options are now readily available. There are also form-fitting custom slipcovers that can be removed for washing. If you prefer wiping away dirt or spills, perhaps real or faux leather is a better choice?
Keep in mind, however, that leather-like fabrics and vinyls are typically cooler in Winter and may lead to sweating and sticking in the warmer months.
What makes up your perfect sofa?