Selecting sofas for small spaces
Searching for that perfect piece of living room that will add airy comfort and utility, without leaving it feeling congested? Here are 4 principles to bear in mind when shopping for a sofa to place in a smaller space.
1. Get your measurements
Giant furniture showrooms have a habit of making large, overstuffed sofas appear petite. Measure your space carefully before deciding, and don’t forget to bring measuring tape when shopping for a sofa.
2. Slim down the design
The actual design of the sofa itself can trick the eye into perceiving more (or less) space. Overstuffed sofas and sofas with multi-cushion backs tend to look inflated and will appear larger than their actual dimensions in a smaller room.
Instead of sofas with fat-rolled arms, go for sofas with a slender profile and skinny arms (or even better, armless) to minimise bulk. Exposed sofa legs can create the same illusion by appearing to hover off the ground, creating more open space and keeping the view clear.
3. Keep it versatile
L-shaped sofas can make the most of a corner and help maximise seating with a minimal footprint. Choose a 2- to 4-piece sectional sofa for a small room, preferably without arms for versatility to rearrange as required.
4. Place carefully
Overall, for a smaller apartment or home, you can’t go wrong with a solid-color sofa with simple, classic lines placed in a location that conserves precious floor space. It’s a good investment and a spot where you’ll spend plenty of time in the coming years, so be sure the piece you choose is comfortable and perfect for your needs