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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Sofa Online

While online shopping has been ramping up for years, 2020 was the year where many of us bought more online than ever before. With COVID cramping our style, we’re not just turning to online shopping for clothing and electronics but more and more people are also purchasing everything from groceries to furniture through ecommerce sites.

This year, more than ever before, we need new or different furniture to make our homes more functional. But it can feel difficult to find the right pieces for our homes without going into a furniture store. While purchasing a pair of shoes online is easy, ordering a large piece of furniture from a website can feel stressful and overwhelming. After all, you can’t just drop a sofa in the mail if it doesn’t fit or look the way you hoped!

It might seem terribly risky to buy a sofa online, but it can actually be a simple, easy, and even enjoyable experience!

Want some guidance? Keep reading for our online sofa buying guide, complete with five tried and true tips—gleaned from our real-life experiences—to help make the process of buying a sofa online as comfortable as lounging on one.

green color scheme living room with large white sectional sofa and leather accent chair1. Shop for What Makes You Comfortable

Are you inclined to recline? Find a sofa that supports the way you like to lounge.

Would you believe us if we told you that you can determine if a sofa is comfy online? Although nothing quite compares to the real-life test drive, there are key factors that can help you to gauge a sofa’s comfiness by looking on a website.

Do you want a sofa where you can sit cross-legged and enjoy all the poor-posture slouching you want? Look for an option with a greater seat depth. Do you like to lean back against your sofa’s armrest and stretch out? Be sure to pay attention to the arm height and shape to ensure maximum comfort.

Think about how you really use your sofa and look for the factors that will make it most comfortable for you.

Wondering about different sofa styles and the merits of a sofa vs sectionals? Check out our other interior design buying guides for more tips! 

2. Read the Reviews

You are not blazing this trail alone!

The next best thing to sitting on a sofa is reading reviews by other people who have sat on that sofa. Just a few of the many things you can learn from the reviews are the quality of the piece, how comfortable it is, and if it looks the same in real life as it’s pictured online. 

There’s no telling how much time, money, and energy you can save by reading product reviews—so don’t skip this step! (P.S. Check out our sofa buying guide, which answers the question of how much should you spend on a sofa.)

3. Get Acquainted With the Return & Exchange Policies

Your last line of defense when buying furniture, online or in-store.

Before buying a sofa online, make sure you can answer the question, “If I hate it, how easily can I return it?

Researching a company’s return policy is an absolute must when looking to buy a sofa online. Many furniture retailers have strict return and exchange policies, so it’s important to do your research. For big-ticket items, like a sofa, some retailers require you to ship the piece back yourself and then pour salt in the wound with a hefty restocking fee.

It’s no surprise, then, that many people keep furniture they don’t even like simply to avoid the hassle of returning it. But here’s the good news: there are still many retailers that have super generous return policies, so you can avoid this sofa-sized headache. Do your research first, then shop confidently.

swatches of colors and fabrics4. But First, Swatches

Test drive the material before you commit.

Many retailers offer to send you fabric swatches for a small charge or even for free! This is a great way to test drive the fabric you’ll be lounging on, so take full advantage.

Don’t be afraid to get handsy with your fabric swatches and see how they hold up to everyday wear and tear. Spill some wine on them to gauge how easily they stain. Wipe down the fabric to see how easy it is to clean. Even rub them on your pets to see if their fur clings to the fabric.

how much should I spend on a sofa?5. Visualize It

Make sure it looks good and fits in your space.

A customer recently told us that, prior to designing her space with Modsy, she had tried reconstructing the form of her potential new sofa out of cardboard boxes. And we totally get it! Imagining how a big piece will look and feel in your space is difficult, but it’s also one of the most important steps toward buying a piece of furniture online.

Before you buy a sofa online (or even at all) get confident by knowing how it will look and fit in your space. You can use the magical powers of Modsy to see your sofa in an exact 3D version of your actual room.  (And hey, you can also get other living room design ideas on our website!) Alternatively, you can always rely on a measuring tape, or even compare the dimensions of your new sofa against another piece of furniture.

Whichever method works for you, avoid having to return your new sofa (even though you thoroughly researched the return policy like a pro) because it doesn’t fit or look good with your wall color, rug, or coffee table.

Shopping for a new sofa?

Are you in the market for a new sofa but still a little nervous to buy a sofa online? Snag yourself a Modsy design package and try on all your favorite sofa options in a life-like version of your living room. Not sure where to even start looking? Our designers can help recommend sofas based on your style and budget.

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Sofa Buying Guide: 5 Questions to Help You Decide How Much to Spend a New Sofa

With so much of life currently spent at home, it’s more important than ever to have furniture that works for your life. And, after countless TV show binge-watching sessions on our sofas (and some reading of books too—don’t worry!), we’ve decided that a good sofa is worth its weight in gold.

So, it might be time to ask yourself if you have a sofa you love or if it’s time for something new? And if you’re embarking on the hunt for the perfect sofa, you’ve come to the right place.

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The “perfect sofa” looks different for everyone—but there are some universal non-negotiables when it comes to finding the right sofa for you. It should be comfortable, fit in your living room, reflect your style, and hopefully last a few years (if not more). Not to mention it should be a price that fits within your budget!

But all that is easier said than done. It doesn’t take long in the search process to discover that shopping for furniture isn’t always simple. There are a lot of decisions to make: Do you opt for a sectional or sofa? Do you try to save some money with a cheap sofa or splurge on a more high-end sofa? Is it even possible to find nice couches under $500—or sectionals under $1,000? Oh, and what about sofa materials??

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Before you get completely overwhelmed by all the possibilities, we’ve found that it’s generally best to start by thinking through your budget and how much you’d like to spend on your sofa before getting lost in the world of sofa styles and materials.

What you choose to invest in a new sofa is totally up to you and your needs. For some people, it might make sense to invest in a quality piece that will last years. For others, buying something that works for right now is a better option.

If you’ve been asking yourself, “How much should I spend on a sofa??” we’re here to help. We’ve designed countless living rooms and have helped thousands of Modsy customers pick the perfect sofa for their style, space, and budget. And we’ve created a sofa buying guide to help you uncover how much money you should spend on a new sofa.

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before you buy a new sofa.

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Question 1: How much do you want to spend on a sofa?

It can be hard to wrap your head around how much you should spend on a sofa, especially if you’re not even sure what the average cost of a sofa is. A good place to start is getting familiar with some average price ranges for couches and sofas.

How much does a sofa cost?

Here are the average price ranges for sofas.

  • $1000 or less: The sub-thousand dollar range is what we’d consider an inexpensive sofa.
  • $1000 – $2000: A mid-range priced sofa generally falls in between one to two thousand dollars.
  • $2000 or more: We’d consider anything above two grand to be an expensive sofa.

The Bottom Line: Survey the sofa landscape to help you get a sense of how much you might want to spend.

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Question 2: How nomadic are you?

Sofas are large, bulky, and not the easiest pieces of furniture to move. One that works perfectly in your current home might not fit through the doorway at your next. So it’s important to ask yourself if it’s worth investing in a high-end sofa if you move every year or two or if you should look at more inexpensive sofas for the time being. So, think through how nomadic you are and how invested you are in moving a sofa from place to place.

Your solve:

  • I move a lot or will be moving soon: If you plan to only live where you are for under a year, consider skimping on an inexpensive sofa that you won’t have to worry about lugging to a new location.
  • I’m relatively settled: Around five years? Maybe a slightly higher-quality option is the best fit for you. You want something that will last you that half-decade or so, but won’t be missed if you can’t bring it with you.
  • I’m in it for the long haul: Finally, if you are relatively settled in your current home, it makes more sense to invest in a high-quality sofa that will last.

The Bottom Line: Your overall timeline is important to consider before making a big-ticket purchase that isn’t easy to transport with you.

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Question 3: Are you into interior design trends?

A trendy sofa looks great right now, but you might find you’re sick of it after a short time. Depending on what you think of decor trends, here’s what we’d recommend for your next couch.

Your solve:

  • I love trends: If you can’t say no to a sofa with a bold color or statement pattern, consider opting for a lower-cost option rather than investing in a more expensive one. Unlike decorative accents, you can’t as easily move a sofa from room to room when you get tired of it. Don’t sink your money into something you’ll be sick of in a year. Instead, consider incorporating that velvet trend into a few pillows.
  • Trends don’t phase me: If you’re looking for a sofa that can transcend your current tastes, consider investing in a high-quality option. This can be a sofa with a neutral fabric, a quality leather option, or even a sofa with a versatile shape, such as a chaise that can switch sides.

The Bottom Line: If you want to splurge on a quality sofa, it’s important to find one that works for both now and later.

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Question 4: Do you have kids or pets?

Although we love kids and we love pets, it’s a fact that they are the culprits behind a lot of our furniture’s wear and tear. Be sure to factor your real and fur babies into the equation when buying a piece of furniture.

Your solve:

  • Don’t stress: One way around this is to choose a budget-friendly sofa that you don’t mind replacing as it gets worn out.
  • Call for reinforcements: The alternative is to invest in a higher quality option. Opt for a sofa that’s durable and can take whatever your kids/pets throw at it. Consider choosing a stain-resistant fabric or with a slipcover that you can easily toss in the wash. Quality leather is also great for pets. You want something that won’t stain or rip easily and doesn’t attract fur like a magnet.

The Bottom Line: You know your kids and pets the best, so factor them into the picture when deciding what sofa makes sense for your family.

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Question 5: How much time will you spend on your sofa?

Just like your mattress, if you use your couch a lot, don’t make yourself miserable with something that’s uncomfortable. (And let’s be real—with the current state of the world, we’re all spending a lot more time on our sofas, aren’t we?)

Your solve:

  • My sofa is just for looks: If you’re always on the go and rarely spend time on your sofa, no need to invest in a high-quality, ultra-comfy option. Something inexpensive but stylish can suffice.
  • My sofa is my other half: If you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato or your living room revolves around TV-viewing, don’t skimp on a cheap sofa that makes you uncomfortable. You can find plenty of inexpensive and mid-range sofas that are also comfortable and of high quality.

The Bottom Line: Invest in quality and comfort for the things you use daily, like your mattress and sofa.

 

Ready to find your perfect sofa?

Read our guide to sofa styles and learn more about how to buy a sofa online to make shopping for this living room staple as comfortable as lounging on it.

Or, if you want some insurance before splurging on a sofa, try on some options in your home before you make the investment. Modsy can help show you how real sofas will look in your actual home with our 3D designs.

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This post was updated on May 12, 2021

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Sectional vs Sofa: 3 Living Rooms Designed with Sofas vs Sectionals

Sectional vs sofa: That is always the question, isn’t it? It totally makes sense, as this is one of the first pieces of living room furniture you’ll need in your home, whether you’re moving or just upgrading your current space.

It can be hard to know if a sofa or sectional is the right choice for you. Sometimes the dimensions of a living room dictate which you choose (read there just isn’t enough space for a sectional). But if you have room for either a sofa or sectional, how do you choose between the two?? You certainly don’t want to buy one of each and see which one looks better. And making the gamble on one or the other is risky, since returning a sofa is a real hassle.

To get this design dilemma right, we’re trying on a few options in 3D! Explore how 3 different living rooms look with a sectional vs a sofa. We’ll break down why each option works and what it’s best for.

Keep scrolling to compare how a sectional vs sofa can work in a small living room, a medium living room with a fireplace, and a large open living space.

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1. A Sofa or Sectional in a Small Living Room

Our first room is a rectangular living space that’s tight on square footage and needs to also fit a dining area. The two designs here show how it’s possible to make the most of a small living room with either a sectional or a sofa.

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The Sofa Layout

If you live in a small home or tiny apartment, chances are you have one main living area that needs to also double as your dining space.

In this layout design, a compact sofa for two can function as a deliberate space divider, separating the zones for lounging and dining. It creates the feeling of distinct spaces within a room, which is especially great if you work from home at your dining table and want more mental boundaries between your main living space.

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Why It Works:

It’s the perfect two-seater size for a small space, but it leaves enough room for you to add more seating, like an armchair or side chair.

The size is comfy and doesn’t look bulky or overwhelming in a small space.

Because it’s compact, it doesn’t obstruct the flow in a small space. Its vantage point also lets you enjoy the view outside the windows.

A Sofa in a Small Space is Perfect if You…

  • Want a multifunctional room that has a clear separation between your living and dining spaces.
  • Are a fan of casual but intimate parties and get-togethers.
  • Live by yourself and don’t need a lot of seats but do enjoy having friends over for small weeknight dinners.

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The Sectional Layout

This sofa with chaise is one of the most popular types of sectionals for a small space because of its more compact design. While a sectional can only fit against the longest wall in this space, this actually creates an open floor plan with better flow between the living and dining areas.

You won’t have space for additional seating, like an armchair, but you also don’t need it since you’ll have the comfy chaise of your sectional to stretch out on. (Want to open up the two spaces even more? Get a sectional configuration where the chaise is on the left side!)

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Why It Works

Despite the sectional being larger than the sofa, this arrangement gives the design an airier look and feel.

While the distinction between the living and dining spaces is less defined, it’s easier to have conversations in this room, no matter where you’re seated.

It opens up the room with a casual, loungey look that feels instantly welcoming.

A Sectional in a Small Space is Perfect If You…

  • Love a comfortable living space but also need it to be versatile enough to entertain friends.
  • Always have friends over for movies, dinners, game nights, and get-togethers.
  • Are a couple who enjoys their at-home time and catching up on lots of TV.

small dining table in an apartment living spaceOur Verdict: Go For a Chaise Sectional in a Small Space

While a sofa can make the most of your small space, a sectional is always a winner if it fits. It’s perfect for watching TV and entertaining guests, and it gives the feel of a laid-back lounge that lets you kick back and sprawl out.

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2. A Sofa Chaise or Corner Sectional in a Living Room With a Fireplace

Our second space is an average-sized living room that fits lots of furniture. The challenge is making it all work around a fireplace design that takes up one wall.

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The Sofa Chaise Layout

For those of you with a house or family home, it’s possible that your living space has a fireplace as the focus of your design.

For a balanced layout, place a sofa with an optional chaise configuration opposite the fireplace, then mount a TV above the mantel. A large sofa like this, with an accompanying ottoman that pulls up to form a pseudo-chaise, will also give you (or the whole family) a more comfy seat to lounge on. This setup gives you a lot of room to add an accent chair and poufs for extra seating space—perfect for big hangouts and gatherings.

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Why It Works

With this setup, the fireplace and TV have equal balance and are treated as equal focal points.

There’s lots of space to tuck in versatile seating, like the chair in the corner and a pouf that doubles as a footstool when not in use. No corner goes unused.

This layout is as versatile as its seating options, meaning it’s functional while still allowing for a lot of walking room and new pieces to be added over time.

A Sofa Chaise in a Medium Space is Perfect If You…

  • Live with children or have a big family in need of a comfy gathering space.
  • Enjoy spending lots of time watching movies and shows in a relaxed setting.
  • Want a living space that feels like a space unto itself and that feels like a separate zone for tuning out from the rest of your home.

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The L-Sectional Sofa Layout

With an L-shaped sectional, you can tuck it into the corner to create a cozy conversation area where the TV and fireplace are less of the focus. Keep in mind, though, there’s a little less flexibility with this layout since the sectional can only fit in one spot—even if it does help to open up the living space more.

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living room with a fireplace and L-shaped sectional

Why It Works

This is a cozy alternative to the sofa layout, with a corner devoted completely to lounging.

This setup makes the room into a natural conversation area that can feel both formal or casual.

With the sectional pushed against the wall, it feels like an open living space and creates a more seamless flow from one end of the room to the other.

An L-Sectional in a Medium Space is Perfect If You…

  • Like having friends over for low-key takeout and wine or hosting game nights.
  • Prefer an open setting where your living space feels connected to the larger overall space rather than a living area unto itself.
  • Want a layout that’s family-friendly with more room to play and less space for things to be knocked over.

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Our Verdict: Opt For The Versatile Sofa Chaise

Not only is the sofa-with-chaise better for TV viewing here, but it also gives you the flexibility of extra seating that’s easy to move around when you have guests over. And even though the L-shaped sectional wrapped along two walls does give off a cozy look, the front and center placement of the sofa is much more practical while still appearing comfy and stylish.

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3. Two Sofas or an L-Shape Sectional in a Large, Open Living Room

In our final design, we came up with an open living room that has everything: built-in shelving, French doors and windows, and even a marble fireplace. Our two layouts show how sometimes a larger room with formal architectural details can be just as challenging as one where your furniture options are more obvious.

living room design with two facing sofas flanking a fireplace

The Two Sofas Layout

To play up a formal look in a large open living space, lean into a layout that’s symmetrical. The best way is to arrange two matching sofas facing each other with the fireplace in between them. (Curious what sofa style is right for your space? Check out our guide to sofa styles.)

This design also gives focus to the sofas without taking away from the fireplace’s architecture. It’s a layout that’s perfectly set up for conversation and long, cozy nights by the fire.

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Why it Works

It’s an airy layout that turns the living room into an instant conversation area that’s perfect for formal entertaining.

Floating sofas is a stylish solution for spacious homes with walls that have built-in shelving and windows. They divide up the space and you can easily put a desk or a bench behind one to add even more function.

This layout gives you a solid foundation to add more seats and smaller accent tables around the sofas over time without needing to rethink everything.

Two Sofas in a Large Space are Perfect If You…

  • Want a formal sitting room feel for your main seating area.
  • Love to host guests—whether it’s enjoying cocktails at night by the fire or coordinating book club gatherings where everyone can be comfortably seated for serious discussions.
  • Live in a home where the kids are all relatively grown up and you want a space that’s a little more elevated.

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The L-Shaped Sectional Layout

This layout with a large L-shaped sectional sofa feels more casual and family-friendly than the previous design. It’s less about a formal gathering and more about relaxed hangouts.

This layout lets you look out clearly at everything in the room, from the view out the windows to the bookshelves along the wall, and the central fireplace. It’s a function-first approach that’s also easy to switch up over time. Ultimately, it’s all about keeping things casual.

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Why It Works

The L-shape sectional not only helps anchor the living area but it also offers tons of walking space and room to add extra seating.

The sectional is a subtle partition that separates the shelving from the seating seamlessly. The benefit of this is that it gives both areas a strong focus.

You can easily swap the art above the fireplace for a TV, add another small chair near the fireplace, or pull in another floor lamp. The asymmetrical layout allows for all that.

A Sectional in a Large Space is Perfect If You…

  • Love the open feel of a great living design but with a modern look.
  • Want to build out your space over time but still want it to feel substantial and decorated in the meantime. The sectional helps make the room feel well furnished here given its sheer size.
  • Are one to have frequent family parties and invite friends over for movie nights and big loungey gatherings where people can stand, kickback, or even grab a spot on the floor.

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Our Verdict: Choose What Works For Your Lifestyle

Working with a large open living space does mean you have more wiggle roomthere are so many types of living room layouts for a larger space like this. But it also means that it’s most important to base your layout and furniture arrangement around your lifestyle and daily needs.

If you like to host and entertain, the double facing sofa approach sets a more formal tone. Meanwhile, if you prefer a family-friendly vibe where it’s all about the casual gatherings on the regular, then sectional sofas can offer functional seating and a no-fuss layout.

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This post was updated May 25, 2021

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Introducing Ravine Home – Modsy’s First Exclusive Line of Sofas and Chairs

Contemporary living room designed with a neutral color scheme, symmetrical layout, and a Ravine Home sofa in front of the fireplace

It’s true – Modsy’s first collection of furniture is here! We’re so excited to introduce you to Ravine Home, a line of high-quality, custom made sofas and chairs designed to fit your real life and look good doing it.

After years of helping people design their homes, we were all too familiar with the struggle that is shopping for living room furniture.

You start out thinking it will be easy – after all, how hard can finding a place to sit be? Really hard, as it turns out. There are so many factors to consider – style, size, material, price, and quality… the list goes on! It’s easy to see how the whole thing can quickly become overwhelming.

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Even with a designer’s guidance, finding the perfect sofa can often feel like an elusive quest fraught with compromises and tradeoffs. And after years of helping our customers navigate this struggle, we decided it was time to do something about it.

So, we went back to the beginning and created our own exclusive line of sofas and chairs based on feedback collected from countless real customers. The result was a seating collection that stands up to messy hands, spills, muddy paws, and everything else that comes with a busy lifestyle. Not to mention, our sofas and chairs are as comfortable as they are stylish.

Read on to learn a little more about the values behind Modsy’s first collection, Ravine Home.

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No Compromises

We believe you should love sitting on your sofa, not just looking at it. That’s why all of our designs were created with real life in mind. That means they’re super durable, easy to clean, and oh-so comfortable. We are also committed to reducing our carbon footprint, so we use sustainable materials, like recycled polyfill and humanely sourced feather down, wherever possible.

Customized Quality

Each style comes with an array of fabric choices, so you can customize your Ravine Home piece to your liking. Our pieces are hand-crafted right here in the USA by artisans with over 30 years of experience making furniture for some of the leading brands in the industry, including us!

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Confidence is Key

Exclusively available through Modsy, you’ll never have to imagine how your Ravine Home piece will look in your home. With our one-of-a-kind 3D design experience, you can see it before you buy so you know it will look and fit great in your space.

All the Perks

The days of waiting 10-12 weeks for a custom sofa are long gone. After you place your order, all Ravine Home pieces will be ready to ship out in just 15 days. Get excited!

Want more Ravine Home? Check out our homepage to learn how you can bring one of these amazing pieces home.

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A Simple Solve for a Common Living Room Dilemma

For many homeowners, having a large living room can be a conundrum, especially when it comes to figuring out the best seating and furniture arrangement. And it often starts with where the sofa should be placed. Not surprising, given it’s the largest and most essential furniture piece in every living room.

It’s almost instinct to place a large-scale furniture piece, like a sofa, against a wall. It’s a practical approach that essentially helps guide where everything else in the room would go.

However, as this before-and-after scenario proves, there’s more you can do with a sofa than just pushing it up against a wall in a large living room—which ultimately results in a much more relaxed and welcoming space.

 

BEFORE: An Imbalanced Use of Space

Having your sofa against a wall is a great way to carve out an intimate seating area in a large room, but it also leaves a lot of underutilized space in the rest of the room.

In this living room, the sofa may be perfectly positioned against the wall, but everything else around the room feels out of place. There’s a lonely tall bookcase has no place to go but a wall in between two doorways, which feels random and out of place. Similarly, a large cabinet ends up blocking out half a window on the other side of the room because there’s no space for it anywhere else in the room. The result is a layout where the focus is on the sofa, but the rest of the room feels impractical and imbalanced.

AFTER: A Perfectly Welcoming, Multi-use Space

Consider floating your sofa in the middle of a large room rather than placing it against the wall instead. Designers often float a sofa as a way to create a room within a room, to delineate different areas in a large space, or simply to center the focus. If your large room features architectural elements like a fireplace, you can use it as a visual starting point to inform your sofa placement—either one opposite the mantel or two perpendicular to it.  

Additionally, if you want to formalize your living room, floating your sofa will give it an elevated look, as it helps establish the room as a dedicated place for lounging and conversation.

This Layout Works Because….

 

It Takes Advantage of the Fireplace

For any living, family, or sitting room where there is a fireplace in the middle (or designated spot for your TV), floating your sofa opposite it will help to centralize the layout. Here, the fireplace and the sofa immediately establish a sense of welcoming balance in the room and create a centralized focal point.

It Opens up the Flow of the Room

By floating your sofa, you’ll have a much better flow in a large living room and there will be no awkward unused areas. The arrangement allows you to create other smaller vignettes, such as a wall lined with tall bookshelves or a reading corner by the window, as seen in the layout on the right. It also provides you with more room to walk around the furniture and the space, so you can easily move from one area to another. Think of the sofa in the middle of the room here as the one piece that unifies the overall space.

It Makes Better Use the Walls

Before, the large cabinet in the room was relegated to a space that blocked one of the windows. By floating the sofa in the room, it opens up the entire wall space for a storage and display area that can even accommodate an additional bookshelf, creating a symmetrical arrangement. Unlike the lower-profile sofa, these tall bookcases help to fill out the large empty walls given their height and draw the eye up.

It Creates Space to Lounge

By floating your sofa in the center of the room, it also frees you up to spread out your seating to create mini lounge areas. Previously, this armchair was placed in a cramped spot in the seating area. In this new arrangement the chair can be pulled up to a window to become its own independent reading nook.

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A Petrie-Perfect Living Room

Cropping up in practically every living room pin and many a home tour photo essay, we are seeing Crate & Barrel’s Petrie sofa everywhere. Why? The Petrie’s Mid-Century Modern form, updated with a transitional edge, makes it utterly versatile and it is the perfect combo of comfort and style. It’s available in a plethora of sizes, shapes, and colors, making each Petrie sofa a unique bundle of joy that is suited to fit any interior.

We took our Petrie sofa out for a spin in three different spaces with three very different styles, and – spoiler alert – it looked equally amazing in each. So if your style is transitional, industrial, or eclectically modern, we’ve got a look to make your space Petrie-perfect.

 

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For our first space, we wanted to start with a basic transitional living room. And while such a style might easily feel boring or “vanilla,” we think the addition of the Petrie sofa transforms it into the best, slow-churned, locally raised vanilla ice cream we’ve ever had. We opted for the corner sectional version of our Petrie sofa to maximize seating and style. With this as our base, we layered in additional furniture with a Mid-Century edge. Keeping a neutral color palette with a few pops of color helps the space feel fresh. We love this look for anyone who gravitates towards a Mid-Century Modern vibe, but wants to live in a space that feels more contemporary and inviting.

 

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Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

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And on the other end of the spectrum, we’ve got the silky smooth dark chocolate gelato version of the same sofa. Here’s a space that will satisfy the cravings for raw materials and hard lines of our industrial enthusiasts (sorry, ice cream not included). An aesthetic that can feel a bit cold, here our Petrie sofa makes industrial look comfortable (you really CAN have it all!). We chose a dark charcoal fabric to compliment the moody grey-scale palette of our industrial interior. The industrial look is all about raw materiality, so we suggest selecting pieces with lots of metal, unfinished or reclaimed wood, and aged leather.

 

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Crate & Barrel

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Crate & Barrel

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Plopped inside this sweet little living space is the final iteration of our Petrie sofa. A golden yellow hue reminiscent of bold Mid-Century interiors, this version of the Petrie is “seated” inside an eclectic living room. This space is comprised of a mix of materials, colors, and styles, which mesh together and create a playful and invigorated living room. The consistent color palette of yellows and blues here keeps the space feeling cohesive, while the intentional combination of Mid-Century forms – such as the Petrie sofa, the tripod lamp, or the Beverly Hills Hotel artwork (to name a few) – give our living room an air of design sophistication.

 

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Anthropologie

Crate & Barrel

Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

 

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Wall Seeking Sofa: A Living Room Love Story

One of the greatest challenges people face when designing their space is choosing a color palette. There’s the sofa, the rug, the throw pillows, the wall color – so many variables to account for that it makes the process overwhelming. So if you suffer from decidophobia or just want to give your space an air of design confidence, try on the idea of a monochromatic living space.

Why do we love this look? The matching sofa and wall color combo envelope your space in color and create a sense of luxury. There is a sort of “casual drama” to the look, as the heavy saturation pushes dramatic, while the lack of contrast pulls minimal. Less visual information for the brain to digest, the monochromatic palette promotes pattern and texture from sidekicks to stars.

Browse these 8 perfect pairings below. And if you’re feeling adventurous, see it in your space with Modsy.

Stylist tip: If the idea of a color-drenched interior makes you seasick, try limiting it to just one accent wall behind your sofa.

1. Navy

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2. Sage Green

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3. Camel Brown

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4. Slate Grey

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6. Teal

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7. Cerulean

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