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Sofas are undoubtedly the focal point of every living room, so consider the various options available to you before investing in your new sofa. At west elm, we have numerous styles, sizes and functions to ensure you can relax in comfort with a sofa that perfectly complements its surroundings.
Design for Living
Look around at your room decor to determine the style of sofa you need, such as a contemporary leather sofa, a modern sofa or a softer-looking linen sofa. Modern sofa designs feature straight lines and tend to be angular in shape. The upholstered cushions are firm and the base is usually raised to expose the legs, which are designed to enhance the modern appeal of the sofa. The legs of contemporary sofas tend to be hidden or are very short. While many contemporary designs include straight lines, they are softer than modern sofas and are combined with plush cushions for a more luxurious look.
Pick the Right Size
The size of your sofa depends on the space you have available in your living room. Large spaces accommodate sofas with three or more seats as well as extra-deep seats for added comfort. Go for a rounded shape to add interest and an air of sophistication to your room. Stretch out when you have a chaise lounge on one end of the sofa.
Sectional sofas let you choose and arrange the components to suit your preferences. Alternatively, pair a sofa with matching chairs so guests have somewhere comfortable to sit too. For example, place a mid-century modern chair against your living room wall and position a mid-century modern sofa at an angle on one side. Use a mid-century end table at the other side to put your drinks and snacks on. If there’s not quite enough room for a table at the end, a metal coffee table set on a decorative rug in front of the sofa looks striking.
For smaller spaces, a corner sofa fits neatly in the corner of your room. Snuggle up on a loveseat or consider a sofa that has convenient storage included. Just lift up the seats to reveal storage space underneath the cushions. Another option when you’re short of space, or to cater to unexpected guests, is to combine your sofa with a bed. A daybed covered in decorative throws or pillows provides a comfortable seating area during the day and transforms into a cozy bed at night with the help of soft bedding.
Another great idea is to get a sofa or daybed with a trundle underneath. Keep a spare set of bedding in the trundle so it pulls out as an instant bed whenever it’s needed. Or go for a sleeper sofa that gives you an instant double bed when you lift up the cushions and pull out the bed frame inside. The style of sleeper sofa you choose, such as armless or with arms, determines whether the bed has supports at either side of the head or a footboard at the end.
Time to Recline
For the ultimate relaxation experience, go all out with a reclining sofa. Push a button on either side of your sofa to adjust the position of the headrests and recliners, then sit back, relax and enjoy some downtime in complete comfort.
No matter what style you’re looking for or what design preferences you have, we’re sure we’ve got the perfect sofa to fill your living room space.