If you move to a smaller apartment, you could find that the furniture you currently use causes you to have low floor space or cramped paths.
While designing a living room is challenging, small spaces present a bigger challenge. As you have reduced space for your sofas and other furniture, striking a balance between functionality and maximizing on space without sacrificing comfort is almost unattainable without meticulous planning.
The number of people living within the home and the number of guests you suppose you will be entertaining from time to time will influence the kind of sofa you purchase. However, the available space will be the main determinant. Whether you are decorating a studio apartment or a townhouse, this guide will give you tips and tricks on how to choose a sofa for a small space.
Measure the living space
Purchasing furniture that’s too big for your living space is a mistake that could happen if you purchase furniture based on assumptions. First, use a tape measure and note down the dimensions of your room before going out to shop. A design consultant could guide you on what sofa size will be ideal for your specific living area.
As a rule of the thumb, always consider the size of the other furniture. A huge sofa will look out of place if it is among small chairs and tables. There should be at least an 18” space between the sofa and the table. Ideally, the space between seating should range between 4 to 10 feet. This will prevent people from feeling overcrowded or having to yell at each other when holding a conversation.
Consider picking a corner sofa
Utilizing every inch of the space in your living room and especially the corners should be a priority. Nothing achieves this better than an L-shaped seat or a corner sofa. It also seats more people. A corner sofa allows you to add other pieces of furniture. Consider the shape and space where the sofa will be positioned as it could obstruct a doorway or window. A perfect example of a compact corner seat is the Sagamore Reversible Sectional by Alcott Hill.
Choose a multi-functional sofa
When you are lacking in space, you have to be creative. Apart from saving you valuable space, a multifunctional sofa will save you money as you do not have to purchase different kinds of furniture. For example, you could purchase a sofa that doubles up as a bed during the night such as the Demelo Convertible Sofa. Besides reducing the need to purchase both, such furniture also reduces the clutter in your small space.
Consider the color of your sofa
The best furniture should complement your living room. Therefore, consider the color and style of your living room when shopping for the sofa. Furniture with monochromatic and neutral color schemes appear more compact and fit in with any type of décor. A neutral colored sofa on brightly painted walls neither attracts too much attention neither does it disappear into the room’s background.
Select the right kind of furniture
While a sofa might be compact, it could have cushions and padding that take up unnecessary space. Bulky and oversized furniture only makes the living area visually overwhelming and cramped. There are slim sofas that offer the same comfort as that of a bulkier or larger sofa. For instance, you might need to forego a three-seater for a more compact love seat.
For a really small space, you could trade your old sofa for wing chairs. These high-backed chairs with wing-like flanges acting as armrests are stylish and chic. While these chairs have undergone quite a number of changes, the design remains the same. While you will not have the choice of laying down on a wing-chair, it will effectively protect your head and torso.
Choose a sofa that can be completely pushed to the wall’s perimeter. Some sofa types have headrests that could hinder you from pushing it completely against the wall. A backless sofa could be a viable option especially if you intend to move into a larger room in the future as it could serve as a divider between seating areas.
While buying a large sofa will seat more people, avoid a super long sofa where your guests will feel constrained to sit in a row if your aim is to create a casual and inclusive atmosphere. Instead, go for a curved sofa such as the Hewitt Velvet Sofa from Willa Arlo Interiors.
Designing a small space around an oversized couch
If you already have an oversized sofa, or you need one that provides plenty of seating area for family or friends, designing the rest of the area around the couch could be challenging. Acknowledge that your sofa is the room’s primary focal point and work out the surrounding décor so that it does not draw attention to the sofa’s size. This can be achieved through the following ways:-
Choosing the right spot
Given the size of your sofa and the available space, the options on where to place it might be quite limited. The main factor influencing where you end up positioning the sofa should be traffic flow. It should be positioned in such a way that people do not have to go round an obstacle to access the seating area. Placing it against the wall is ideal as it opens up the space at the center. Place it in such a way that it faces a fireplace, a television, a window, or any other focal point. If you intend to place it away from the wall, ascertain that there is ample space on at least one of its sides.
Consider the scale and accessorize with light colors
Hanging a bunch of small-sized family photos above your oversized couch will only emphasize its size, just as stuffing the area with other oversized or undersized furniture. Instead, go for a few medium-sized artworks or even one large decorative mirror. The artwork or carpets or rugs should not sharply contrast the sofa or walls. For instance, if your walls are sand-colored, go for a sofa with a soft tan and a light brown carpet. Minimizing sharp contrasts make the room appear more expansive.
Consider using end tables on either end of the sofa to act as landing spaces. Alternatively, you can pair it with chairs so as to balance its visual weight as well as maximize the seating area. Consider using round tables as they are easier to navigate around.
Decorating your sofa
Adding dramatic elements to the sofa’s design will only draw more attention to the sofa or cause your space to appear cramped. Avoid buying a sofa with too many cushions or throw pillows. Choose a few of them with bold patterns or colors and place them strategically on the sofa. Keep it simple so that the seating area does not appear overcrowded.
Choosing one with raised legs is also creates the illusion of additional space. Decorate the wall above the sofa with similarly themed artwork rather than collage-style decorations. Get rid of any floor-length curtains in favor of short sheers or drapes as they make the room appear more spacious.