On the list of major life decisions, finding the right couch for your space can feel almost as difficult as finding a life partner (we’re kidding… but only just). Couches can represent significant financial investments. It can be a significant mission to find the couch that suits not only your budget, but your interior design preferences, the size and layout of your space and your lifestyle considerations (such as kids, pets, risk of spillage).
If you’re on the hunt for a new couch, don’t despair. There are a number of steps you can take to find a couch that’s going to bring the wow factor into your home, as well as offering a comfortable, cosy place to snuggle up for a night of Netflix.
Have you ever been in a living room where the couch felt either too big or too small? Finding the right size is one of the most important decisions when choosing the right couch for your space. If you go too big, you risk overwhelming the space, making it feel small and claustrophobic; too small, and the couch may feel like it’s floating and disproportionate.
By simply remembering the 2:3 rule, you can remove the guesswork from finding a sofa that’s the right size. The couch should be approximately ⅔ the size of the entire room. A coffee table, then, should be ⅔ the size of the sofa, or ⅓ – ½ the size if the sofa is oversized with a chaise.
Leather couches. Overstuffed feather couches. Sleek, straight lines. Cosy, round corners. There are all kinds of materials, finishes, shapes and colours on offer in the world of couches. By having a clear understanding of your personal interior design preferences, you can hunt for a sofa that reflects your taste, playing a harmonious role in your overall space.
Couches often take up the mantle of being the focal piece in a living room, meaning your choice will tell visitors a lot about your personal space. You can play this to your advantage, either choosing a sofa that complements and blends into the design of the rest of the home, or something that contrasts heavily to create a statement piece.
How Soft is too Soft?
While some people love to fall into a soft sofa, others prefer a firm couch. Firm sofas may wear better over time, but softer couches may be more suitable for lived-in spaces designed for everyday use. The way your living room is used can help you decipher what degree of softness to look for in your new couch.
Take Sofas Out for a Test Drive
Not yet ready to throw down thousands of dollars on a sofa you’re unsure about, or want to try out a few different styles?
Pabs makes it easier than ever to furniture rent that can bring your home to life. Whether you’re looking for a sleek, modern sofa, or a grand Chesterfield, Pabs’ range of beautiful furniture can be delivered directly to your door. With no long-term commitment, you can test a variety of couches, finding the perfect fit for your space.