Sofa and armchair buying guide
If you have questions about sofa styles, upholstery fabrics, recliners, headrests and more, as well as how to match sofa looks to interior design styles, you've come to the right place. Welcome to the Furniture Village sofa and armchair buying guide.
What's the right piece for you and your home?
These days, there are so many living room furniture options available - sofas in all sizes, chaise end sofas, sofas with recliners, armchairs for two, storage footstools - and in a huge range of interior design styles.
Let's start right at the beginning and decide whether you need a sofa, a sofa bed, an armchair or a footstool - or even all four.
Whatever the design or upholstery fabric or size, every sofa comes in one of three basic looks.
A comfortable living room sofa by day, the sofa bed quickly converts into an overnight bed for your guests. Learn more about sofa bed styles in our sofa bed article and below.
If space is at a premium but you still need to accommodate an overnight guest, a chair bed is a great choice. Chair beds look like armchairs but unfold into comfy beds for one person.
Most sofa beds are designed to sleep two people. A 3 seater sofa bed will offer your guests plenty of room, while a 2 seater sofa bed will be a little more cosy.
Chaise end and corner sofa beds
A chaise end sofa bed or a corner sofa bed will give your family and friends plenty of room to lounge on by day and often incorporate storage for pillows and duvets.
Every home has an armchair that everybody fights over. While a sofa offers more room for sprawling out, there's something even more relaxing about an armchair that you can call your own.
You can relax in any sofa or armchair but if you want to put your feet up you'll need a footstool. Footstools also make great impromptu coffee tables and guest seats.
How to choose living room furniture - all the questions you need to ask
Narrow down your options by thinking carefully about your family, your home and your lifestyle.
1. How many people do you need to seat?
It's an obvious question, but make sure you do a quick head count before you come to a final decision.
2. Does your family like to snuggle up together on one big sofa?
If sharing one space is going to cause too many arguments, consider two smaller sofas or an arragement of sofas and armchairs instead.
3. Is your family composed of tidy sitters or happy sprawlers?
If there’s a mixture of both, a sofa with recliners might be the way to go.
1. Do you have children or pets?
Consider family-friendly upholstery fabrics, or opt for loose covers which can be removed for washing.
2. Do you like to entertrain friends and family?
If you have a lot of visitors, opt for flexible seating like modular pieces or extra footstools.
3. How does your family like to relax?
Oversized sofas are great for family movie night, while armchairs make it easier to gather round a coffee table.
1. Is your living room spacious or small?
A sofa has to fit through the door, of course, and needs to be in proportion to the room.
2. Is your home traditional in style or more modern?
Large sofas work well in traditional rooms with high ceilings. Compact sofas may be better for modern rooms.
3. Do you have dedicated guest room?
If not, consider a sofa bed. They come in all looks so you don't have to sacrifice style for practicality.