The sofa is usually the first thing anyone notice when they step into a home. While it’s easy to settle on okay, finding the perfect sofa is like finding the perfect partner. Before you even question yourself “is there even such thing as a perfect sofa?”, the good news is when it comes to the sofa hunt, you do have a lot of control. And if you follow this no-fail sofa guide, you’re one big step towards your dream home.
I talked about choosing the right sofa on the blog and listed 2,598 reasons why you should avoid bad sofas. It’s interesting how it’s a lot like relationship, a good sofa should always feel fresh and inspiring, welcoming and comforting. After a day’s work, the last thing anyone need is to return home to feel sick and tired about someone (or something). That’s when you find yourself constantly bolting for the door. A perfect sofa is like a perfect partner waiting for you at home. Except it’s a lot easier to score that perfect sofa, now that’s one thing that you can surely control, if you want to.
A recap on the bad sofas; chunky (overly unnecessarily stuffed), bulky, cheap materials, two-toned look, try-hard details (wing arms, nail heads). We haven’t even get to the proportionally wrong ones (erh hem, the legs). Just like how we all like aesthetically pleasing and functional stuff, hopefully this post is going to discourage you from discouraging yourself that you can’t have the best of both worlds. Because you can. Now let’s look at my list of 12 types of no-fail sofa (in no particular order), read on and find your type ;) –
Source: My Scandinavian Home
// Leggy Sofa //
This has gorgeous long and slim legs. Perfect for Contemporary and Minimalist spaces and for those opting for a less formal look. They are light and airy, excellent in small spaces. Cleaning under the sofa; no longer a scene from the scary movie; say goodbye to dark and dusty and…dead insects (yuck!).
Source: West Elm
// Mid Century Modern Leather Sofa //
This is the perfect bachelor sofa without screaming “Man Cave!”. They are easy to work with; simply layer throw and cushions if you want to balance the masculinity. Now you have a space that both the wife and husband can agree. Afraid your children might destroy your perfect sofa? Just wipe clean the stains with a paper towel. Treat your leather sofa as an investment piece; give it the right care and it will age well and beautifully.
// Low Chunky Sofa //
This is the hot trend this year. Chunky armrests paired with slim legs gives an illusion that the above sofa is slightly floating above ground. When shopping for a chunky sofa, always choose chunky + slim/low. Examples; chunky seats + low backrests, chunky armrests + slim legs. You cannot go chunky + big/fat/chunky (it doesn’t work this way). They are great in Contemporary spaces and as a contrast to traditional space, the latter when you want a modern touch.
Source: The Land of Nod
// Daybed //
This is a great option for small spaces and adds one more function, it is a bed when you need it. For anyone who thinks they sort of look like hospital beds, that’s because they aren’t properly styled. Daybeds are not limited to iron frame, the rattan ones are so pin-worthy. If you’re lucky to have a daybed, don’t leave it all white; layer the colors and patterns; have some fun with it.
// Sectional Sofa //
This will always be around. It’s a great sofa for entertaining or big family, no one is fighting over who sits at the couch anymore (everyone gets a seat). Indeed, they are valued for their versatility. Whether it’s that cocktail party or family movie night, the sectional sofa does its job really well. One sectional sofa makes the space looks bigger as compared to one sofa and a bunch of armchairs. So why not? (I’m in love with that lounge chair above x.x).
Source: Shop Room Ideas
// Chesterfield Sofa //
This will never go out of style. A good chesterfield sofa is often the focal point of the room. The rest are supporting roles (even you, yes you). If you need your living room to command its presence, look no further. They are also great with casual styles. Just make sure that you coordinate the rest of the room with it.
// Modular Sofa //
This is that flexible sofa that promises different looks (with different combination) and multiple function. Their low backs is perfect for lounging, add in a chaise for napping, change it up if you get sick of it (although we know you won’t be). A good modular sofa is just like a good sectional, it says “comfy elegant home” not the nightclub vibe.
// Tuxedo Sofa //
This exudes poise and elegance, in its own quiet manner. With its armrests the same height as its back, it’s the perfect sofa for in front of the window, showcasing artwork(s) or to enhance the ceiling height. Having a tuxedo sofa is like having a perfect partner in a ballroom, you can’t do without it but it will never steal all the spotlights.
Source: The Everygirl
// Roll Arm Sofa //
This is an English upholstered sofa that speaks to a lot of people simply because how it’s traditional feature can easily work in a modern setting.
// Slope Arm Sofa //
This is a great transitional sofa that offers a ton of versatility. It creates a neutral backdrop for the rest of your style to shine. It can be casual or formal, modern or traditional. Even eclectic.
// Lawson Style Sofa //
This a sofa with its back separate from its frame. The Lawson style sofa is a really comfortable sofa which explains why it is arguably the most common type of sofa, the key is to get one with the right proportion.
Source: Another Country
// Wood Frame Sofa //
is an excellent choice for Scandinavian or Zen homes. We’re starting to see more wood frame sofas this year. The contrast of the harshness of the wood and the softness of the upholstery makes this sofa stylish and full of character. It adds just the right amount of rustic charm to a modern space.
For small spaces, somewhere between 180 cm to 210 cm is a good size, anything smaller lean towards an apartment sofa or loveseat. Go for apartment or loveseat sizes if you really do not have the space. But go big if you can! There are no rules when it comes to this, a well designed sizable sofa grounds the space and gives a good focal point for your living room. How many seating you need depends on how you want your space to function. You don’t need a bunch of armchairs/side chairs if you don’t want to plus it can look cluttered. Getting a good sofa is a big step forward and hopefully this post has provide you some insights for your ideal home. :)
I‘ve been teasing about mid century leather sofa on my social media, as of now we haven’t purchase our sofa (for our new home) yet. But I am excited to pull the trigger (leather or fabric, folks??). If you like this post, appreciate if you head over and give a like and subscribe to the blog so you do not miss any of the upcoming inspiration/renovation posts (I am designing and overseeing the entire project! How exciting!). See my pin board for more stylish sofas I’ve pinned and my roundup list of 21 stylish sofas that you can buy –
1. Oak Wood Sofa // 2. Muuto Connect Sofa // 3. Chesterfield Sofa // 4. Minky Modular Sofa // 5. Muuto Rest Sofa // 6. Gwen Sofa // 7. Ditto II Sectional Sofa // 8. Avec Sofa With Brass Legs // 9. Stocksund Sofa //| 10. Iron Metal Daybed // 11. Alfred Sofa // 12. Nockeby Sofa // 13. Squello Sofa // 14. Spencer Sofa // 15. Dynamic Sofa // 16. Montclair Sofa // 17. Harborside Slipcovered Apartment Sofa // 18. Myrcella Sofa // 19. William Sofa // 20. Davis Leather Sofa // 21. Jenny Lind Daybed
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