How to choose your next sofa?

In today’s world there are multiple choices for anything that you wish to purchase.  It is simple, you go to the store and look at what is available and an you bring home what you are already imagining in your head.  So just how to choose your next sofa?

Unfortunately, it is not as simple as that.  There are a great many things to take in to account with a sofa purchase.

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Do you have a big or small space?  Are you going to have just a sofa or are you looking to have chairs in your space as well?  What about a coffee table, will there be one?  Is it going to be a sofa and loveseat or a sectional?

These simple questions may be easy to answer but they will also constrain the options out there for you to choose from.   TIP – measure your space before you walk into any furniture store.


What you use your space for will play a big factor in how your room is laid out.  If where you are putting the sofa is used for relaxing then you may want the sofa oriented to face an entertainment center, or if it is in a room that is used mainly for entertaining then you may have all your seating facing each other.

What is the lighting situation?  You may have to consider this as you may not want your sofa placed where you are getting direct sunlight on it or the people sitting on it?  TIP – take your usage into account.


Now that you have gotten the size and orientation determined its time to figure out what configuration or shape will help you accomplish that.  An “L” shaped sectional sofa is great for being used as a natural divider for rooms that need to be separated like a living room and dining room or kitchen.  If you are using for gatherings or entertaining then you may be looking for a rounder shape.

For the traditional sofa and loveseat configuration a room with chairs and small occasional tables will be the best choice.   TIP – refer to your usage plans for the shape of the sofa.