Selecting the right sofa starts with what you want to use it for. Do you want to lie back on a spacious sofa and catch a game or a movie? Would you prefer something decorative and modern that reflects your style. When you start shopping for furniture you’ll realize that there are lots of styles to choose from. So let’s explore the world of sofas and see which fits your room the best.
This is a lavishly designed piece of furniture that was made popular by the Duke of Chesterfield sometime in the 18th century. Today you can find this style of furniture in palaces and fancy apartments. A Chesterfield is distinguished by the back and armrests being the same height. However the armrests can be straight or rolled. It is also padded to make it incredibly comfortable.
These types of sofas come in pieces and you can arrange them to suit your room. You can create in intimate conversation area with a U-shape or you can line the walls with an L-shape. Not all of the sections will have armrests and are referred to as Ottoman sections, generally these sofas are covered with fabric.
These will be L-shaped sectionals usually placed in a corner, and there are two or three seats that will recline. These are the sofas that you put into a family room or media room, you can sit comfortably while watching televisions. These type of sofas also work well in smaller rooms rather than having a sofa and a love seat.
These are very contemporary and sleek and look exquisite in modern condos and apartments. You can also put smaller chaises in bedroom, there may be a back or not. There can be one armrest or two and a chaise is usually tufted with deep buttons.
A divan is a sofa without an armrest or a back, and like chaises they look fabulous in a modern apartment. These also work in studio apartments and can work as bed. Divans are also decorated with pillows and cushions and they can give your room a very oriental feel.
Sofa Beds and Futons
These sofas serve more than one purpose, during the day they are a regular sofa and they can either pull out or unfold to a bed when you need the space. Futons were originally from Japan and were just foldable mattresses today they are synonymous with a folding bed. These are great if you frequently have guests and need extra beds or live in a studio and need multifunctional furniture.
Choosing a sofa will depend greatly on how and where you plan on putting it, you have tons of choices take your time and choose one that will work for your space.