The Sofa Guide
Shopping for the perfect sofa but don't know
where to start? We're here to help.
FROM OUR EXPERT: "What kind of space are you living in, and how long will you
be there? Long-term home owners can be more specific in their choices. Apartment renters
should choose functional pieces that can be reworked in different spaces."
MICHAEL, HOME STYLIST, WEST ELM PARAMUS
Loveseats + Settees
Also known as 2-seaters, loveseats + settees offer comfort and style without overwhelming a room. They're often seen with two individual cushions or one long bench cushion. Pro tip: they can also be used at the foot of a bed.Shop Loveseats
Perfect for a more traditional living
room arrangement, 76" sofas are
still conducive for smaller spaces, while
89" —or wider—sofas can
anchor a larger room.
Limited on space but want the benefits
of a sectional? Go for a small sectional.
Its chaise component provides plenty of
comfy seating, ideal for entertaining +
family lounging alike.
Best suited for open floor plans, a
large sectional anchors a room and can
function as a space divider, separating
the living area from the dining or kitchen.
Made of modular pieces, it configures into
several shapes—we love how an ottoman
can function as a chaise or coffee table.
Opt for a sleeper sofa, also known as
a pull-out sofa, if you're looking to add
that extra function to your living space.
They're available in twin, full and
FROM OUR EXPERT: "If you like to change things up, choosing a neutral sofa is the way to go.
It will serve as a blank canvas, allowing you to add a pop of color, indulge in a trend or even change
your room's paint color without having to re-upholster to accommodate the change."
IDA, HOME STYLIST, WEST ELM TORONTO
Find Your Fabric
Functionality is key, and we have
fabrics to suit every lifestyle—from
durable tweeds and twills that hide
spills to our easy-to-maintain
Find Your Color
A poppy sofa can be the
statement-making focal point of a
neutral space or become the central
theme of the overall room.
Easy to clean, leather is always
in style and wears well with age.
Best known for its beautiful colors,
our aniline leather develops a
rich vintage patina over time.
FROM OUR EXPERT: "I love statement legs! They add so much personality to a sofa
and airiness to small spaces. The Andes Sectional's cast metal legs and Brooklyn Sofa's
boomerang legs are my favorites."
JIYOUNG, HOME STYLIST, WEST ELM LOGAN CIRCLE
Family movie nights? Opt for a style with a plush, sink-right-in cushions. Always entertaining?
Tight cushions allow for more seating space with a cleaner silhouette. For a completed look,
add on special-order throw pillows in the same fabric as your sofa.
- Bench Seat
- Loose Seat
Curved arms compliment traditional style, while straight arms give a
clean-lined, modern feel. Armless silhouettes can be ideal for small spaces,
providing a streamlined choice that doesn't skimp on style.
A sofa with legs can make your room feel lighter and more open. Tapered solid wood legs
offer a retro look, borrowing from classic mid-century design. Straight metal legs complement
a modern + sleek aesthetic. Low block legs lend a more traditional, comfortable silhouette.
Take a cue from some of our favorite living spaces and
#MYWESTELM pics—and make your sofa feel right at home.