Sofas for Small Spaces – 4 Simple Tips for Choosing a Sofa

Today I’m talking about small space sofas and what to look for when you’re out shopping.

Whenever I’m dealing with small living spaces and specifically looking for seating for a small living room. There are a few handy little tips that I look for that will make the space look and feel more open and not so cramped. Without having to sacrifice the overall size of the sofa.

Avoid the urge to buy small furniture. Instead, focus on its visual weight. Here are four different design tips for sofas when you’re looking for a small space sofa.

The First Tip – Look for Sofas with Feet or Legs.

The size of your couch is key obviously. We need to measure and make sure it will fit in the room. In addition, make sure you can get it into the room but outside the actual sofa size. I look for sofas that have legs or feet like this.

Sofas with legs sit higher up off the floor, which makes them look airier. They tend to be lighter in structure and visually they look less heavy than a traditional sofa that sits closer to the floor. A sofa with legs makes the room it sits in feel more open and airy.

The Second  Tip – Look For Sofas With Low And Narrow Arms.

Sofa design I look for when I’m shopping for a small space sofa is the height and thickness of the arms sofas with arms. That is at the same level as the sofa back is a box shape. They tend to block your eye from traveling in and around the sofa to the corresponding pieces of furniture.

When you have a sofa that has a lower arm, you can see past the arm more easily, and all of a sudden the sofa doesn’t feel so clunky and boxy and the room visually opens up.

Also, a narrow arm will make the sofa look more lightweight. This is true for chairs as well. Look for armchairs with low and narrow arms. It just means more space in between proceeding, which makes the chair much more comfortable, and again not so hefty looking.

The Third Tip – Look for Modular Sofas.

Maximize your seating in a small space by using modular seating. Instead of having, two separate seating areas combine. Then a sectional sofa will always give you extra seating you just won’t get with one sofa. The key to modular furniture in a small space is again its visual weight.

All the same, tips apply. Look for sectionals that sit on legs, so they can come up off the floor visually. As well as maximizing arm thicknesses so that you can see past the arm opening up space around the sofa.

The Fourth Tip – Look for a Chair and A Half

Finally, in addition to a full-size sofa with legs and narrow arms, it’s great to have a secondary seating area like a loveseat, or an armchair.

One of my favorite pieces of furniture to incorporate into a small living room where space is a challenge is something called a chair and a half.

A chair and a half are smaller than the two-seater sofa and larger than a single armchair. You didn’t need me to tell you that. It’s a great solution when space is limited, but you have a little more wiggle room for a little extra wiggle in your seat.

Final Words

When the size of your living room is tight look for extra small furniture. Look for furniture with less visual weight.

Sofas that sit up off the floor with legs look more open and lightweight. Narrow and low arms offer views past the arms and open up space around the sofa.

Squeeze in a little extra seating with a sectional, or something called a chair and a half.

Avoid purchasing small furniture and instead, focus on its visual weight, for an overall comfortable look and feel in your small space.


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