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7 Steps to Picking the Perfect Sofa

Interior Design Guide

modern velvet couch

Buying a new sofa can be a daunting task. And with the plethora of options out there, it can be tempting to settle for something quick and easy. So don’t go it alone. Follow our guide to see how our senior designers pick the perfect sofa.

The Perfect Layout

Dennis Miller Ferrell Mittman

Before you consider fabric and color options, figure out where your sofa is going, and where it will be situated within your home. In this Upper West Side family home, we had to create a cohesive layout within an asymmetrical room. So we used two couches—one from Dennis Miller and another from Ferrell and Mittman—to create a more symmetrical canvas for the rest of the room.

Consider Proportions

grey-sectional-sofa

Once you know where your sofa is going, then it’s time to pick the ideal shape and size. Sectionals tend to work best if you’re filling a corner space, while a standard option works best against a flush wall. Whichever option you choose, make sure it fits comfortably into your room, and leave a couple of inches of space on each side. In this San Francisco luxury condo, we picked a grey sectional to snuggly fit into the corner of this living room.

Double Duty

chaise sofa foyer

Obviously your couch is useful for loafing around. But if it’s going to be placed in a high-traffic area, consider how your couch can serve as a multi-purpose piece of furniture. In this Central Park West Penthouse, we placed a chaise sofa from Mod Livin adjacent to the entryway, so that our clients will have a place to sit down in the foyer.

Low Profile

design within reach sofa

In addition to thinking about the footprint of your sofa, consider its height as well. We prefer to use low-profile sofas, as they make ceilings look higher. In the living room of this New Canaan makeover, we sourced a leather sofa designed by Giorgio Soressi, for a sleek addition to this family home.

Sheen and Texture

modern velvet couch

We love the look of a traditional grey sofa. But if you’re looking for something more original, then consider a sofa with a higher sheen. To compliment the mid-century design of this Upper East Side townhouse, we picked a grey couch with a velvety hue and texture, which gives the space a luxurious touch.

Pick a Sofa that Compliments Your Style

tufted grey sofa

As one of the largest pieces of furniture you’ll purchase, a sofa should be emblematic of your desired look and feel. For this New York apartment makeover, our clients wanted a design that was classic and luxurious, without feeling stuffy or pretentious. So we sourced a low-profile, tufted couch in a fabric that combines grey and purple tones. It’s a classic design, with a few contemporary twists, and perfectly matches their style.

Or Make a Statement

leather chesterfield couch

Who says your sofa has to match the rest of your furniture? In this Battery Park City home design, our clients wanted their couch to make a statement. So we selected a chesterfield leather sofa and contrasted it against the couple’s mid-century furniture and ultra-modern apartment.

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