The sofa is the centerpiece for your living room. It’s where you’ll spend time entertaining your guests, watching your favorite show, or unwinding after a long day. Finding the right sofa can feel like a daunting task, which is why we offer a range of sofa and sectional styles and configurations so you can find the right option for your home. See our guide below for how to choose the right sofa for your space.

Let Function Lead

Consider how your space is going to be laid out and what it will be used for. Will your living room be a place for lounging with the family or hosting large cocktail parties? This will determine if you need something like a long sectional with room for everyone or if a comfortable loveseat would suffice.

Next, take a closer look at your space and where traffic will typically take place. Where will you enter and leave the room? Which areas need to be accessible because of a fireplace or window? Try and draw out logical pathways and allow this to be a guiding factor in where you put your sofa.

How many people do you think will be sitting on your sofa? The number of cushions is more important than the actual length of the sofa. For example, if your sofa is 90 inches with two cushions, you probably wouldn’t seat three people on it even though there would be room. However, an 80-inch sofa with three cushions could seat three.

Lastly, when thinking about the location and type of your sofa, consider if you’re going to be taking a nap here. If so, it should be at least 6 inches longer than the tallest member of your household. A sofa that's going in your office or library is probably not going to be used as a napping place, so in these spaces, you can go with something shorter.

Measure Your Sofa

Be sure to measure your sofa in advance–the last thing you want is to find out you chose the wrong size sofa when it’s unable to fit it through your front door.

You’ll want to measure your sofa for width (side-to-side), depth (back-to-front), and height (bottom-to-top). Also ensure that it will fit within the confines of your space; 30 to 36 inches is the typical amount of room required for walkways between furniture, and you’ll want at least 3 to 5 inches of space between your sofa and the wall. It may seem counterintuitive, but bringing your sofa away from the wall will make your space feel larger.

Once you know that your sofa will fit in your space comfortably, you’ll also want to measure for delivery. Take note of the height, width, and depth of your entryway, doorway, and any hallway corners, then compare these measurements with that of your sofa.

Consider Your Style

Create the perfect seating option with the right fabric and choose from our carefully sourced velvets, twills, linens, and leathers. The right upholstery can completely transform your sofa, so think about what is best for your lifestyle. Do you have a busy household where you’ll need something durable, like our performance flannel?

As a tightly woven blend, flannel is easy to spot clean and will keep up with your family’s busy lifestyle. If your household is pet and kid-free, your options are endless. Here’s a quick guide below to all of our quality fabrics and leathers:

  • Linen: Breathable, comfortable, durable, and beautiful, linen really has it all.
  • Leather: Leather gets better with age–few things can be simultaneously luxurious and lived-in.
  • Velvet: This high-pile fabric is soft, elegant and ideal for showcasing vibrant colors.
  • Crossweave: A strong, textured fabric blend that wears well and is easy to clean.
  • Dobby: Flexible and versatile, dobby fabrics provide texture with their small geometric patterns, yet remain lightweight.
  • Tweed: A heavyweight wool with a classic pattern and luxurious feel.
  • Performance Chenille: Soft, cozy, and textured feel with the durability to handle any household, making it a true performance fabric.
  • Performance Flannel: Highly durable, yet warm and soft, performance flannel will keep your busy household comfortable for years to come.
  • Microsuede: Durable and stain-resistant, microsuede gives you the same look and feel as suede leather without the drawbacks.

Optimize for Your Space

16-18” – This is the ideal distance between coffee table and sofa. You’ll want to be able to walk around your coffee table, but also kick your feet up after a long day. Additionally, your coffee table will pair well with your sofa visually if it is at least half its length.

8-10” – A comfortable distance between each person seated on a sofa. Often overlooked, have an the optimal space between you and your guests will allow everyone to converse with ease.

30-36” – Typical amount of space for walkways between furniture. This will help reduce overcrowding in your living room and make the space feel breathable. Long sectionals are beautiful, but won’t feel quite at home if you don’t have enough room to comfortably move around them.

3-5” – Breathing room between your sofa and the wall. It may seem counterintuitive, but bringing your sofa away from the wall will make your space feel larger.

Every space is different, which is why we offer a range of sofa and sectional styles and configurations, so you can find the right option for your home. From oversized sectionals to compact sofas, we make all of our furniture with quality materials and expert craftsmanship so that you and your family can enjoy it for generations to come.

Next, learn How to Customize Your Sofa, and be sure to check out our quality sofa and sectionals.