Meet your new sofa: comfortable and timeless
A sofa is one of the most important investments you can make while furnishing your home. The centrepiece of your living room, your sofa is where you'll be relaxing, occasionally napping, having talks with friends, reading a book, or having a movie marathon. All of these delightful activities call for a sofa that is comfortable, compatible with your home's style, and long-lasting.
There are a few things you need to take into account before purchasing a sofa to make sure you check off all these characteristics and get the best sofa for your needs. This is important, especially when buying a sofa online.
- The sofa's shape ensures that you will have enough space and that it will complement the design of the room. Do you have a compact living room? Then you need a very small sofa, perhaps a two-seater. An L-shaped sofa, on the other hand, provides additional seats and looks stunning in a larger area.
- You need to consider the level of comfort you want and your lifestyle while choosing the right material for your sofa. In terms of sofa material, a home with pets or kids will have different requirements than one without.
- The style of your sofa must complement your interior design in order to create a harmonious living room. Finding the ideal sofa to purchase requires some research into the features of the sofa, including its legs, back, and overall style.
Important measurements to look into before buying a sofa
The ideal sofa is the one that perfectly fits your room and décor. That's why you have to take the appropriate measures before choosing a certain shape, which is based on size.
- The first thing to measure is how much room your new sofa will take on the floor. Mark the sofa's edges with books, newspapers, or masking tape to determine which way it will fit in the allocated area.
- If you're shopping for an extendable sofa, make sure to measure your area at the sofa's full extended size.
- Check if the sofa's dimensions work with the room's design. For instance, a small sofa would look odd in a large living room, while a big sofa would make a not-so-spacious room appear and feel cramped.
- You should also consider whether your sofa will fit through the front entrance, the hallways, and the stairs. Before having a sofa delivered, be certain you can bring it into the living room without difficulty.
- If you place the sofa against a wall, leave around 30 to 40 cm on each side. This will make the layout look relaxed. Also, remember to have 7–10 cm between the wall and the sofa.
- Think of the other furniture you have around. Leave enough traffic space, around 30 to 40 cm between your sofa and the other items.
- A regular two-seater sofa has a length starting at 115 cm and going up to 150 cm. A three-seater sofa is around 170–180 cm, while a five-seater reaches 310 cm. If you're looking for a standard sofa bed, know that its length measures from 175 cm to 200 cm.
- For ultimate comfort, think about the depth of the seat. The standard size is about 50 cm. The height of the backrest is also important and differs from one model to the next. We recommend a backrest that’s at least 45 cm tall for a comfortable position.
Various shapes and types of sofas
Since sofas come in all shapes and sizes, you have a huge variety to choose from. The most common couch types range from cosy chaise longues for reading by yourself to modular sofas that you can configure based on your preferences.
The two-seater sofa
This compact sofa has two seats and two back cushions, making it ideal for smaller settings. Depending on the model, the two seats can remain together and maintain a compact appearance. If there is room, you may combine the two-seater with another sofa or put it in the hallway, in addition to fitting it into a tiny living room.
The three-seater sofa has three seats, as its name suggests, making it perfect if you need more space. Since it can fit into the majority of living rooms with normal dimensions, this size and shape are the most popular.
Four- or five-seater sofa
Big families or social households need a larger sofa. Separate cushioned seats can be featured on a four- or five-seat sofa. Note that a sofa of this size has a length of more than 300 cm. Make sure it fits in your living room without becoming too crowded.
Corner and L-shaped sofas
This piece of furniture is great for spacious living rooms. The corner sofa has two seating sections that form a right angle. The L-shape suits a roomy living area, and the backrests guarantee comfortable seating. With this design, you may enjoy family time in front of the TV or host social events.
A modular sofa is a good investment if you like changing the look of your living area. You can alter and rearrange the parts of this sofa however you like. The modular sofas take up less room than standard sofas. Regular seats, corner pieces, and ottomans are all included. Your choice of layout will depend on the size of the space, your needs, and your sense of style. If you have an entertainment centre, plan the layout of the lounge around it. For efficiency, use more than one coffee table.
One of the best options for apartments might be the sofa bed. In order to relax, you need a comfortable sofa in the living room. However, occasionally you'll have to accommodate guests overnight, in which case you'll need a sofa bed. The comfort of a standard bed can be found in a sofa bed, which can be easily extended, so you'll never have to worry about having guests over.
The chaise longue is a fantastic investment if you enjoy lounging by yourself. The back and armrest are only at one end of the sofa, as opposed to both on a typical two-seater. However, its shape is appealing, especially for naps in the afternoon. If you enjoy reading in the living room, go with a chaise longue.
The sofa sets
Beautiful sofa sets come in different configurations and are ideal for larger living spaces and families. The majority of them consist of a three-seater sofa next to a matching armchair or two-seater sofa. Select a sofa set with all three pieces if you think you'll need even more room.
The ideal material for your new sofa
Sofas come in a range of materials to suit every purpose and taste. Your decision will depend on your personal preferences. Although a leather couch looks luxurious, some people may find it cold. Soft fabric is simple to maintain, while velvet is beautiful and versatile. We'll go into further detail about the various materials that are available.
At vidaXL, you’ll find sofas made of real leather. These are the right choices if you’re looking to make a statement. Most leather sofas are brown or black. To put together a special look in your living room, pick a cowhide look in white and brown. Real leather sofas are durable and sturdy.
Sofas with fabric upholstery
Upholstery made of fabric is fantastic in so many ways. It is long-lasting and retains its original colour over time. Because the fabric is supple to the touch, it is cosy to sit on. Fabric is simple to maintain and may be washed in the event of an accident. The fabric upholstery also comes in a variety of colours. The fact that fabric sofas are kid and pet-friendly is a major benefit.
Faux leather sofas
Faux leather sofas stand out as being opulent. In combination with a metal frame, the faux leather is both durable and gorgeous. A faux leather sofa will look great in either a modern or an industrial setting, depending on your interior. Black is a very popular colour. However, if you like a warmer living room, you have alternative possibilities. The imitation leather sofas in beige and brown are stunning. To create a unique style, choose strong colours like wine red.
Pick a velvet sofa
Velvet is a timeless choice in terms of sofas. It looks precious while also being super comfy. The rich texture of velvet creates a beautiful atmosphere. If you want a romantic vibe in your living room, choose a velvet sofa. Soft to the touch, velvet works in various designs. Opt for a minimalist design in a modern interior or go for a Chesterfield design in velvet for your sofa, for a vintage-looking décor.
Rattan, whether natural or synthetic, is a common material used to create amazing sofas. You can choose rattan sofas for your indoor or outdoor décor depending on the rattan's weave. Rattan sofas are so popular because they are strong, lightweight, and so beautiful. This natural feel is encouraged by its colour, which can complement a variety of designs.
Which sofa style suits your home?
Sleek, modern sofas
Modern sofas come in a variety of shapes. With subtle lines and made from soft materials, modern sofas are easy to combine with other styles. Choose neutral shades of colours, white, and black. Modern sofas have backrests, but you can opt for one with or without armrests. When fitting a sofa into a modern interior, think of all the details that matter. Pick sofas with minimalist legs. If you want a bit of sparkle, choose one with metal legs.
Scandinavian for timeless interiors
The subtle design of Scandinavian sofas will make your living room look cosy and inviting. The legs in beautiful shades of natural wood make the perfect match with the soft fabric used for upholstery. Go for lighter colours like beige or grey for your couch, but add a bit of contrast. For this, we recommend a matching coffee table in more intense tones.
Cool industrial sofas
Industrial interiors are so popular these days—and a sofa completes the look. Go for a sofa with metal legs. A two- or three-seater sofa upholstered in faux leather will become the centrepiece of your living room. Black is great if you want a dramatic interior, while brown will make your room warmer. For a more luxurious look, go for off-white shades.
The one and only Chesterfield style
A Chesterfield sofa is the kind of furniture that steals the spotlight. It’s the kind of design that never goes out of style. Get one in faux leather or velvet, for the ultimate comfort. Check out our collection of Chesterfield sofas to find the one that will make your living room shine.
Farmhouse sofas: cosy and inviting
We all love a farmhouse-style sofa. It’s super comfy due to its fluffy cushions. The farmhouse sofa matches an open interior, especially when in light or neutral colours. Some feature covers that reach the floor for a rustic vibe, while others have wooden legs.
Let’s talk about seat cushions
The sizes and shapes of sofa cushions vary. This is an important aspect to think about before making a choice. A sofa that sinks in is an option if you want to relax in comfort. Or, to sit more uprightly, choose one with firm cushions.
Your level of comfort is determined by how the cushions are filled. Foam, fibre, and feathers are your primary choices. Fibre stuffing makes the cushions comfy and airy. Foam is super popular because it gives cushions a firm structure. The high-density foam allows a good back position when seated. For upgraded comfort, choose feather-stuffed cushions. They’re super cosy, but a bit more expensive.
Styling your sofa
It is now time to embellish your ideal sofa after finding it. You can enhance the beauty of your sofa with a few pillows or a stylish plaid. When paired with colourful pillows and cheerful prints, neutral colours look best. If you select a sofa in a bolder tone, muffle it with earthy undertones. A warm plaid draped over the armrest is not only a terrific addition for chilly nights, but it also looks beautiful.
Don't overlook the illumination. To set the mood, place a floor lamp next to your new sofa. A side table is also a fantastic choice if your sofa is large and you need everything to be within arm's reach.
Purchase a matching footrest. It is useful and will complete the look. When necessary, use it as a second seat or as a coffee table.