Welcome to our guide to living room sofas!
The living room is an important room in your home. It is where most people like to host and have their guests gather. It can be a focal point of the home, as well as where you spend a great deal of your time. That is why it is important to furnish the room properly.
The cost of sofas ranges quite widely. It is very difficult to pin down a range as there are so many factors that contribute to the cost of a sofa. Design, styles, materials, manufacturer, age, antiquity, and size, along with many other factors, all contribute to the cost of a sofa. Sofas can range from a couple hundred of dollars to a few thousand.
What kinds of sofas are there?
A sofa is one of the most common pieces of furniture found in the living room and is the standard in living room furniture. A typical sofa has around three seats in a row with arm rests on the ends of the seats, though there are variations on this.
Standard sofas are not usually difficult to move around. Most kinds of sofas can be moved by two or three people, depending on style, material and size. Some may be heavier, but most are not incredibly difficult to move around.
Standard sofas also vary and there are many types available. You can find a sofa that will fit nearly any style, pattern, and texture you may need for your design. There are also plenty of options for reupholstering some sofas, and covers that can be put over many kinds of sofas. Because of this, it is also much easier to reupholster a standard sofa than a sectional sofa in situations when damage occurs.
While sofas are versatile, they tend to fit around three people comfortably. This can be limiting if you have many guests over, as you will need additional seating. If you have a central focus, such as gathering to watch something on TV, getting everyone facing the same direction may be an issue depending on your situation. In situations like this, a sectional sofa may be more ideal.
In this living room there is a simple and elegant color palette with matching minimal sofas. These simple sofas with their dark woodwork and wide, comfortable seats are welcoming and work well for a more modern design.
While they may require a bit of attention, stark white furniture can really make an impression. If you don’t need an excessive amount of seating, a singular sofa can help aid in a minimal style, keeping the space clutter free and clean. Learn more here.
When you have a lot of design elements that you want to accentuate, you can have an uncomplicated sofa let the other aspects of your room speak. If you have a lot of stuff going on in your room, a loud sofa design can distract from that. Sometimes you just want your sofa to be there, stand back, and let the other interesting elements in your room take focus. See more of this home here. Designed by Crosby Creations
Some sofas have additional features such as a fold-out bed. This can transform your living room into a spare guest room when you need it. You never know when you are going to need an extra area for guests to stay. Learn more here.
Not all sofas have the same shape. The sofa in the example above has a slight curve to it. This is perfect if you have a focal point in your room that the sofa faces. Whether it may be a television or fireplace, everyone on the sofa can face it with ease due to the slight curvature. Source: Zillow Digs™
When you use a standard sofa as your primary piece of furniture, you can use chairs and other seating options to increase the number of places people can sit. The sofa is still the center of the room, and often the best seat in the house. Source: Zillow Digs™
If you want your sofa to stand out, you can contrast it with the other pieces of furniture in the room. This makes the sofa stand out, and draws attention to it as your primary seating. See more of this home here. Designed by KUBE Architecture
In this picture we can see two matching sofas facing one another. These sofas have rich reddish-brown tones of leather that make them perfect for a rustic and warm appeal. Source: Zillow Digs™
If you have a sofa that you like, but want more seating, you can get matching pieces. If a piece works and you have room for more, go for it. See more of this home here. Designed by Meridith Baer Home
Some sofas are quite elegant, with highly detailed woodwork and stunning ornamentation. These kinds of sofas are perfect for styles that aim for an elegant and elevated appeal. The sofa above has enough design to make it sophisticated without being overly stuffy.
Some sofas have simple and uncomplicated lines, and these kinds of sofas can work in nearly any style. These sofas can be used in almost any room, and never fail to look good while remaining comfortable. See more of this home here. Designed by Roselind Wilson Design
The long blue sofa pictured here has a profile with a minimal impact. While it does provide plenty of seating opportunities, it still feels slight. When compared to other pieces in the room, it appears that the impact of the sofa on the space of the room is even smaller. Source: Zillow Digs™
This curved sofa sits around a round table in the center of the room. With a round table like this, a curved sofa allows all occupants to use the table space equally. This design is great for space economy. See more of this home here. Designed by Angelica Henry Design
If you are looking for a sofa that is a bit larger and has more than one section, you may want to consider a sectional sofa. Sectionals fit together to make a different shape; most commonly L-shaped.
Since sectionals are larger they can comfortably seat many more people. Some are large enough to allow a couple of people room to lay down on them. Sectionals are great for more modern looks, as they often do not have many adornments.
Sectional sofas often fit into rooms in very specific ways, and while they may look great and increase the seating in your room, they may cut down on arrangement options. The larger size and build of the sectional lends to it only being able to fit into your living room a limited number of ways.
Sectionals may also be available in fewer styles, patterns, and textures. Standard sofas come in nearly any style you want, but sectionals may be far more limited.
Sectionals have a greatly expanded seating capacity. This sectional sofa provides even more, as it is double sided. This makes for a piece with an interesting and modern look as well as a plethora of seating options.
Here is an interesting sectional sofa that provides seating on four sides. This kind of sofa is perfect for social events where everyone wants to face one another and converse. Rather than facing the television, you face each other when you sit here. Learn more here.
This is an example of an ultra sleek and modern sectional sofa. There are no backs, just the seating area on legs with pillows that wraps in a U-shape. This is a great for a minimalist design, as the sectional has a minimal impact on the space and a sleek and simple profile. See more of this home here. Designed by Jesse Bennett
This is an example of a more typical sectional sofa. The seating is ample, and it curves in an L-shape around this living room. The majority of the seats face the television, and there is a large square table in the center that can be easily used by nearly all of the seated occupants. Source: Zillow Digs™
A sectional can act as the centerpiece of a room. Even in a simple and minimalist room, you can draw attention to the sofa by having it contrast in color from the other furniture. This draws the eye to the sectional sofa, and focuses your room there. See more of this home here. Designed by SAOTA
This sectional sofa has a deep seat and no arms. This is great for seating many people very comfortably. When you own a sectional, many times you have people facing different directions while they are sitting. Because of this, a square table is the perfect thing to fit into the nook that the sofa creates.
Sectionals can come in various styles and materials. A leather sectional is perfect for building a rustic look and pairs well with other wooden furnishings. See more of this home here. Designed by Kristina Wolf Design
Many sectional sofas with an attached chaise lounge have only two sections. This sectional has two full sofa sections in addition to the chaise lounge. This maximizes the seating as well as allows someone to lay back and relax in comfort. Learn more here.
Sectional sofas are great for lining walls, fitting into corners, or dividing a space into sections. If you can find a sectional that fits your space perfectly, you can make it seem like the sectional sofa was designed especially for that area.
Here we see a simple white sectional sofa with a chaise lounge. Even though the design is more involved than a standard sofa, a sectional sofa can be very simple and unfussy. Learn more here.
Here is a very simple sectional sofa that has a low back and a minimal profile. This works perfect for a minimalist and simple design. Even though there is plenty of seating, the room still feels spacious and uncluttered. See more of this home here. Designed by MM Architects
This bright and welcoming sectional sofa is the perfect sofa for this brightly lit living room. The off-white color is great for all of the natural light that is coming through the windows. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is an ultra modern sectional sofa with two chaise lounges. The extra wide seating and small backs on this sofa provide ample comfortable seating, while also minimizing its profile. The monochromatic color scheme makes this sofa perfect for any modern design, as it can go with any accent color you may choose.
Here is a classic style sectional sofa. A simple color allows the pillows to tie the sofa in with the rest of the furniture. Learn more here.
A sectional sofa can be very welcoming and comfortable. They can be a place to sit many people or a spot to lay down and nap. They don’t always have to be expansive. This sectional offers a bit more seating than a standard sofa, but is not exceedingly large. See more of this home here. Designed by Roselind Wilson Design
A modern loveseat is very similar to a standard sofa, but shorter. They typically seat only two people. Old style loveseats were in an S shape so that the two people sitting in them could face one another, but these kinds of loveseats are not often found anymore. Now loveseats are defined by having two seats side by side.
A loveseat can be good for smaller spaces, as they often look like sofas but take up less space. They also work well as complimentary pieces to sofas. Having a small loveseat that matches your standard sofa is a great way to increase seating and have a snappy and coherent design.
For a smaller space, a couple of loveseats can work as well as a standard sofa. With two matching loveseats, you can seat up to four people and have a more intimate and close atmosphere. Learn more here.
Many loveseats match their accompanying sofas, but do not necessarily need to. A loveseat that contrasts from your primary seating can be an interesting dynamic and can add layers to your room. Emily May / Flickr
To create a cohesive and unified look to your room, having your furniture match can be a big step. Many sofas have loveseat counterparts that match very well, if not completely. An additional loveseat can be a great accompaniment to a sofa to give a few more seating options and keep the design consistent. Learn more here.
If you don’t have a need for a great deal of seating, you can opt for a loveseat as your primary seating. This works well in a small space, or even if you just want your space to appear larger and more open. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is a simple and bright loveseat and a matching chair. This loveseat provides wide and comfortable seats and an uncomplicated, modern appeal. This is perfect for a simple area with a sleek and modern design.
Loveseats come in many different and interesting designs. Here are a couple of matching green loveseats in this funky and modern living room. This style is perfect to make an impression without taking much space. Source: Jonathan Vo / Flickr
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