4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Sofa for Your Home


The right sofa is the crowning of a well-designed living room. But choosing one may be harder than it seems. With a wide variety of sofa sizes, shapes, designs and colours, we’re often spoilt for choice.

While we often place aesthetics at the front of our minds when it comes to furnishing our homes, there are several other factors to take into consideration – comfort, practicality and material, just to name a few.

Which is the right sofa for your living room? Should you go for a 3-seater leather sofa? Or would a sectional fabric one fit the bill perfectly?

Here are 4 things you should take into consideration when choosing the ideal sofa for your home.

1. Size of the room

Before anything else, you should consider the size of your living room. Keeping the other furniture in the room in mind, you need to decide how much space your sofa should fill. Are you including armchairs? Do you plan on having side tables? If so, a simple sofa or one with a slight L-shape would be perfect.

If you have a small living room, you’ll likely need a smaller piece - a 2-seater sofa is ideal. On the other hand, if you have more space and want your sofa to be the centerpiece of your living room, a larger sofa with a slightly rounded shape is an excellent choice. While this option takes up a little more room, it will be the perfect eye-catching piece.

2. Shape of the sofa

After settling the size of your sofa based on your living room space, it’s time to figure out what shape your sofa should be. A rounder sofa is ideal for a smaller space where you can hold gatherings with your guests. 

If you have an open-concept house, an L-shaped sofa is great for dividing different areas of the home – such as the living and dining room. You could also combine a 3-seater sofa with a single chair to create an L-shape, which gives the room more dimension.

3. Style of the sofa

Now for the fun part - picking the style of your sofa! It may be a little hard to choose just one style that you like, but it’s best to pick one that will fit naturally with the vibe of your home. If you’re going for a sleek and modern look, choose a sofa that reflects clean lines and dramatic solid colours.

For a bold, eccentric vibe, combine bold colours with funky prints. Reupholstering a vintage sofa can also add a unique touch to this style.

If you prefer something more traditional, go for a classically-structured sofa with neutral shades. You can always add a pop of colour with bright-coloured or printed cushions.

4. Upholstery of the sofa 

Aesthetics aside, practicality is key when choosing a material for your sofa. While it may be tempting to splurge on a velvety, white suede sofa, this can be a dangerous option. Suede isn’t an ideal option if you have young children or pets that are likely to cause some degree of damage to your luxurious sofa.

On the other hand, leather – particularly in darker colours, is fairly easy to clean and generally wears well with time. It’s also a timeless material that doesn’t go out of style.

You can also opt to upholster your sofa in an outdoor fabric, which is waterproof, doesn’t collect stains and is resistant from fading due to sunlight.


Sofas are a living room staple, so it’s crucial that you choose one wisely. Take the above factors into consideration, and you’re sure to find your ideal sofa that matches your style.
Explore Finn Avenue’s furniture sale for a wide selection of sofas to help you pick one that fits perfectly in your home. Complement your living room with other furniture pieces from our collection. Chairs, tables, accessories – you name it, we have it! Spice up your home’s décor with Finn Avenue today.

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