Living Room Sofa Buying Guide

by | Jun 3, 2023 | Interior Design Tips

Selecting the right living room sofa for your home holds the power to transform your living space, becoming the focal point of relaxation, entertainment, and cherished moments. To ensure you make the right choice, our interior design team has compiled essential tips on how to choose the perfect living room sofa.

Choose a Style That Reflects Your Home

Harmony is key when selecting a sofa that complements your home’s aesthetic. Consider the existing furniture and design elements in your living space. If your decor leans towards tradition, opt for a sofa with a classic flair. In a more contemporary setting, a modern sofa will create an appealing statement. Striking the right balance is important, and you can mix and match styles to add a touch of personal creativity.

Consider Your Lifestyle

Before diving into the world of sofa styles, take a moment to assess your lifestyle and the specific requirements you have in mind. If you have a bustling household with a large family, a sectional sofa might be the best fit to accommodate everyone comfortably. If relaxation and comfort are paramount, explore motion sofa styles with reclining features. The arm style of a sofa should not be overlooked. Each style offers unique benefits.   By understanding your needs, you’ll save time and energy during the selection process.

Determine Sofa Orientation

Before embarking on your sofa shopping adventure, consider how you plan to arrange it within your space. Will your living room sofa rest against a wall or take center stage, with its back exposed? If a sectional sofa is on your radar, decide where the corner piece will find its place. By clarifying these details, you can narrow down your options and find a sofa that aligns with your spatial requirements.

Measure, then Measure Again

Precision is key when it comes to measuring your space. Avoid potential mishaps by taking precise measurements of the length, height, and width required for your sofa. Don’t forget to account for doorways and hallways, ensuring the sofa can make its way into your home without any obstacles. A little extra effort during this stage will prevent any unwelcome surprises. At Birmingham Design Studio we create floor plans for our design clients to make sure everything is positioned correctly and has the right scale.

Pick Out a Color That Complements Your Space

The color of your sofa plays a significant role in setting the tone of your living space. From bold statements to intricate patterns or versatile neutrals, the possibilities are endless. Choose a color palette that resonates with your personal style and blends harmoniously with your existing decor. Remember, the goal is to select a color scheme that you’ll love for years to come.

Be Selective with Upholstery Fabric/Leather Type

Choosing the right upholstery fabric or leather type is crucial, considering your lifestyle and preferences. If you share your space with pets or little ones, opt for durable performance fabrics that can withstand spills and stains. Additionally, research the quality of upholstery materials, including cleaning codes and maintenance recommendations, to ensure your sofa stands the test of time.

Choose the Right Seat Cushions

Seat cushions come in various shapes and sizes, offering different levels of comfort and support. If you’re seeking a cozy, “sink-right-in” feel, look for plush cushions that provide ultimate relaxation. In a formal sitting area, consider firmer, structured cushions that maintain their shape and offer proper support.

At Birmingham Design Studio, we specialize in crafting custom luxury designer furnishings. Our design team is here to guide you in selecting and customizing the perfect living room sofa for your home. We offer high-end custom sofas and luxury designer fabrics that you won’t find elsewhere. Contact us today to schedule a complimentary one-hour design consultation and embark on a journey to elevate your living space.



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Kristi Karimpour and her husband Kamran founded Birmingham Design Studio over three decades ago. Their goal was to establish a full-service interior design studio that would cater to the diverse needs of clients seeking sophisticated and timeless designs in the heart of Birmingham, Michigan. From the beginning, Kristi’s vision was clear – to create interiors that would not only reflect her clients’ personalities and lifestyles but also stand the test of time.