Flats are getting smaller, that's true. This forces us to gain as many advantages from available space as possible... The inconvenience is you have fewer square metres to decorate, but the benefit could be that you can clean the house in a jiffy, right? As they say, you can't have everything...
Moon 346 and Samira 346 collections from Fashion Book 17 of Visual Textures by Aquaclean
And then if we add to this a recent trend for larger sofas, intended to provide greater comfort for users – since they are the place where we spend most of our leisure time at home – we have a problem that looks almost impossible to solve.
But, don't sweat! On this blog, we want to help you to decipher the ins and outs of choosing the right sofa and armchair so that, besides fitting into your décor perfectly, you can also get that little bit of extra space into your living room.
Look before you leap
When you're about to buy a new piece of furniture like a sofa, you sometimes get stressed out, and you forget to look at all the possible options. And in single or two-person homes, one great option is one (or two, depending!) nice, comfortable armchairs instead of a huge sofa where you wind up feeling ridiculously small and lonely.
Today, within the range of armchairs on the market, you can find a huge variety of models and finishes that give you all kinds of possibilities: from massages (RECLINERS), to heat treatments, and built-in music systems. Hey, let's see who can fit more things into an armchair, right?
Samira 156 collection from Fashion Book 17 of Visual Textures by Aquaclean
So, when it comes to buying a new sofa, just take it easy, and sit down (on the old sofa, of course) to think a little about all these factors and functions, because your diminutive living room is maybe crying out for an armchair and not a huge sofa...
Close, but not that close
If that idea horrifies you because you love to crash out on the sofa and keep close to your partner on those long winter nights, forget about the armchair idea and go back to the sofa, but a special sofa – the L-shaped option.
This type of sofa is the perfect combination of an armchair-cum-sofa, because it gives you all the space you need for two people, but can be smaller than a traditional three-seater, and allow you to enjoy that special person by your side without having to be piled up on top of each other.
Otaru 02, Otaru 04 and Samira 156 collections from Fashion Book 17 of Visual Textures by Aquaclean
Although at first glance, the L-shaped sofa may look gigantic, as though it could eat up all the space in the room, it is just a single piece that is much easier to position in some rooms and is highly ergonomic as well. And if you also choose the arm-less option, the feeling of space will be even greater, too.
Narrow lounge? No problem...
If your problem is that your lounge is long but quite narrow, we recommend choosing a sofa in a lighter style, perhaps with exposed legs and a less bulky structure, so as to create a more spacious sensation in the room.
Try to place it at the back of the room to make a powerful statement from the back wall, while avoiding being overwhelmed by it if it is placed closer to the entrance.
As you will see, choosing the perfect sofa is not always easy, and you have to value lots of different factors to really get it right. The most important thing is to stop and think first, bearing in mind all your needs, tastes and limitations. After this, you're sure to work things out with a little help from us, and your friends...