Choosing the Right Size Sofa

When you decide to refurbish your home or update your furniture, one of the most important items are consider is your sofas. They come in all shapes and sizes and are the main place that the whole family will spend time together, relaxing after a long day at school or work, ready for a nice evening ahead.

The main problem with buying a new sofa however, is deciding what size you are going to need. There are many different things to think about when picking the size of your new sofa, here is just a few:

Will It Fit Into Your Home?

Regardless of the size of sofa you would actually like and the type of sofa that would look great in your sitting room, you need to consider whether it will actually fit through your doorways.

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The last thing you want is for your sofa to be delivered and the happy occasion turned into a disappointing one when you realise the sofa has no way to actually get into your house.

Measure the width of your doorways, not just your front door, as chances are you will need to get it through another door into the designated room once it’s in the house. Check if any legs can be removed from the sofa when carrying it in, as this will great increase the space available to fit it through.

Who Will Use It?

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If you are only planning on buying one sofa, then you need to make sure you think about how many people live in your home and therefore how many people are likely to be using the sofa.

There is no point buying a two seater sofa if you have a family of five people, as you will only end up arguing about who gets to sit on the sofa. Do you spend a lot of time sitting in front of the TV and therefore require a comfy big sofa, or will your sofa only be used on the occasion you have a dinner part?

How Much Space Have You Got?

This may seem like an obvious thing to say, but you would be surprised by the number of people who buy a new sofa and then realise it doesn’t really fit into the room they intended it to.

Also take into account the style of the sofa you are getting, as one with large roller arms will take up more space than one with small flat square arms. Also will you want to put tables for lamps either side, and will the sofa dominate the room or compliment the rest of the furniture?

Where Will It Go?

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Decide where in the room you want to put your sofa and decide what shape will fit best, whether you have a long space of wall it could sit against, or whether a corner sofa would work better if you have a smaller room.

If you want to use the sofa to divide the room, then make sure you will have room to move around it and pass by it. If it will be placed under a window, then make sure that the back of the sofa isn’t so high that it obscures any of the view.


Buying a sofa can be very exciting, but it is important to do your research and prepare all your measurements before diving straight in. Choose what size you want depending on how many people will be sitting on it, whether you want a fabric sofa or a leather sofa and what shape you want your sofa to be. Once you have these decisions made there is no reason for you to end up with anything but the perfect sofa.


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