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How to Choose the Right Fabric Sofa Size for Any Space?

How to Choose the Right Fabric Sofa Size for Any Space?

Apr 24,2023
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The fabric sofa is the highlight of the living room. This is the jewel in the crown. Some Americans might argue that the TV is the most important part of the living room, but we asked them, "If you didn't have a sofa to sit on, would you watch TV?" The key is choosing the right fabric sofa for your living room is an important process - yes, sofa size matters. Choosing your fabric sofa is more than simply picking your favorite color and guessing what will suit your room.

Sense of scale, the shape of space, traffic flow, and intended use of the furniture are all factors that you need to consider before deciding on your ideal fabric sofa and its appropriate size. Here's a quick rundown of insights and tips on fabric sofa sizing and more from the pros at WLAND.

Scale and Dimensions

Driving around town in an SUV can feel great, but when you need to parallel park, you run into problems. In this analogy, your Hummer is your couch and your parking space is your living room. Buying a large three-piece recliner might maximize your comfort, but if you live in a studio apartment, it will take up all your space. A fabric sofa may be comfortable, but not when you need to pole vault across the room.

This may seem obvious, but many people still choose sofas that are either too big or too small for their space. Your fabric sofa shouldn't take up the entire length of the wall, and there should be at least 18 inches of space on either side of the sofa, which is a good rule of thumb for judging whether a sofa or sectional is right for your space. If you want a combination with a chaise longue, then the chaise longue section should not exceed half of the room. Your final decision should take into account your space and its potential and should allow for some extra room.

The Shape of Your Space

Not all living rooms are created equal. Today, our living spaces are more diverse than ever. Renovated attics may have exposed pipes and load-bearing columns blocking furniture, while homes with open floor plans require lots of space. Apartments may have a simple square area or a long and narrow room for use. Finding the fabric sofa that fits the shape of your space is just as important as determining the best sofa size.

A sectional sofa is perfect for homes with an open floor plan because it can help shape and divide spaces. For example, strategically placed partitions can help define living and dining areas.

Check out any unique architectural features in your space, such as windows, fireplaces, or built-in shelving. Use these pre-existing features to determine the right sofa size for your space, making sure your furniture doesn't block any of these features.

Traffic Flow

People often forget to consider traffic flow when shopping for a new fabric sofa. When you're asking yourself "What size sofa should I get," think about the way people move through your space. Passages and open spaces can have a huge impact on the energy of a room. This statement may sound a bit new-age, but it is true in both a philosophical and practical sense. Energy and movement should be able to flow freely in and out of the living room, and a sofa or sectional that obstructs the flow can ruin the ambiance of the space. You want to feel relaxed in your living room, not like you're tied down by furniture.

It's also important not to let your furniture block entryways or other paths people use to move around. If you find yourself shuffling past your couch like you're teetering on the edge of a cliff, you might want to consider downsizing. Likewise, you may need a larger sofa if there is enough space between the sofa and the chaise longue for ballroom dancing.

Measure the sofa's width (side to side), depth (back to front), and height (bottom to top). Review your space and make sure there is at least 30 to 36 inches of walkway between all furniture and an additional 3 to 5 inches between the sofa and the wall.

Intended Use

When deciding on the size of a fabric sofa, consider how you will use it in your space. Honest and pragmatic, not idealistic. You might love the idea of using your couch as a place to read or entertain friends for tea, but the reality may be that you and the kids will be lounging on the couch while binge-watching Netflix. If you like having a lot of people come over and watch TV with you, it might be worth buying a larger area. If you like to think that there will be a lot of people coming over, but it never does, you'll be more than happy to buy a small sofa that fits your space.

Think how many people will be sitting on a fabric sofa at the same time. If it's more than two, you might consider a settee or daybed sofa with three seats. On the other hand, the loveseat is comfortable for a couple.

Finding the right size of furniture for your space isn't always easy. That's why WLAND offers sofas in all shapes and sizes. No matter what space you work in, we have a sofa for you. If you are looking for a suitable sofa, welcome to contact us.

WLAND is a professional custom fabric furniture manufacturer. Our main products are fabric sofas, fabric dining chairs, fabric stools, and fabric headboards, etc. Whether you prefer luxury or simplicity, you're sure to find your favorite piece of furniture in our latest collection. These products exceed your expectations in terms of design and durability, we want to bring you an amazing furniture-buying experience.
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