Choosing a sofa is not something you do without a great deal of thought and research. Where is it going? Is it for occasional or regular use? Will this be your main room sofa, or one for a guest room? And more to the point, what style do you want it to be and what’s your budget?
These are just some of the questions you need to ask and there may be many more. In this article we’ll be looking at how to choose a sofa for any space, small or large, and what options you have in terms of style and design. Let’s start by looking at the space you have in which you want to place a sofa.
What Size is Your Space?
The great news is that there is plenty of choice in smaller living room sofas just as there is in full-size examples. When we think sofa, we usually think of a three-seat version typically matched with one or two armchairs. But that’s conventional thinking, and we want to look outside of the box here.
One of the trends in furniture at the moment is modular sofas and seating. This is where you buy a selection of sections that can be placed together in a choice of designs. They can be moved around to create separate seats or put together for the sofa effect and are great for smaller spaces.
Then there are some very stylish two-person sofas – again in a wide choice of designs – that are perfect for the smaller apartment. The first thing you should do is mark out the space where you want the sofa to go and then consider what sort you want, which brings us to our next point.
Corner, Wall or Central?
One the most interesting 2022 interior design trends in terms of sofas is the return to corner units. This is another great way of making use of space that would otherwise be left awkwardly doing nothing. Excellent for small rooms, it’s also useful in bigger spaces where it can look impressive.
Talking of larger rooms, there is also a trend for putting the sofa in the middle of room with space all around it rather than up against a wall. This may not work in small rooms as it can make it awkward for people to get around but if you’re lucky enough to have a large open space it is a great look when done well.
Then there’s the tradition method – put the sofa back against a long wall. This is a sensible thing to do if you don’t have a great deal of space, so measure how much you do have and then start deciding which route you want to follow. Now we need to ask the question about style and design, because there is a great deal to choose from. However, the 2022 trends look to be going down one avenue, so let’s see what it is.
Minimalist or Contemporary?
The trend for sofa designs has certainly taken a step further towards minimalism, and that’s no bad thing. Minimalism is a product of the ‘Modern’ design movement that emerged from Germany in the 1920’s. Famous names such as Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and others took furniture design to another level. The Bauhaus school – as it became known – was a hotbed of talent in furniture and other design and laid the foundations for a design trend that has remained very much the same since.
Think sleek and stylish clean design, with no frills and little detail. Practicality is to the fore and simplistic beauty follows. The Modern designers were all about form and function, and they did away with the stuffy and over-blown design styles that had populated the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Would a minimalist sofa look good in your space? The great thing about furniture that follows this direction is that it will suit everywhere from a large open space to even the smallest apartment lounge, as it does not need to match the décor. Pale colours, neutral shades and a lack of any detail make this a style suitable for everywhere.
Of course, the minimalist look may not be for you in which case you have a wealth of choice in contemporary and traditional sofa and furniture design that should include styles, patterns and colours that would look superb in your space. No matter whether you have a small apartment to furnish or are looking for a sofa as a large lounge centrepiece now is the time to start looking for beautiful sofas for your room.
Decide upon you space, measure it carefully and start browsing the many collections online, in magazines and in the high street and one will call out to you as the ideal choice.