When we talk to our clients about whether or not furniture is a good fit, most people think of the word “fit” in a couple of different ways. The first idea of “fit” is in terms of whether or not a piece of furniture is going to fit in a room and if it is scaled properly for the function of the space. The second idea of “fit” for our savvier clients, especially the apartment dwellers, think of “fit” in the way of whether or not a piece of furniture is going to fit through their front door. Today, I want to share a new way of interpreting fit or a piece that is fit for a king.
I confess, I mentally size clients up when I first meet them (I hope no one has noticed)! Seriously though, this is an important point for me to admit, and here is why. Have you ever gone shopping and asked a sales associate in the store for a little help to then be amazed that they were actually able to pick things out that you never would have picked out for yourself? Sometimes if they are really good what they select looks great and fits perfectly on the first try! That is the result of many years of experience. Designers are the same way.
For example, most dining tables are 29-30” tall. We, as consumers are subconsciously trained to expect the way it feels to buy and sit at a 30” tall dining table. Most people would assume it all fits the same but if they were to first sit down to actually feel the “fit”, they would be able to tell the difference. Knowing what I know, and being an experienced interior designer, I know if I am working with a couple who are both over 6’ tall I would purposely order a 31” tall table especially for them. Because of their taller than average stature they would immediately notice a difference and finally feel that they have something that really fits them!
In the world of sofa’s, there is a wide array of styles, fabric options, sizes, and price points. There are even two or three seat cushions. It can be difficult to shop for these and close to impossible when shopping online. For those that do go to stores, most times will sit on sofas and see what they like without carefully noting the dimensions of each style or the fit.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when you are sizing up a sofa:
- How do you sit on your sofa, and how does your spouse?
Do you lie down and watch movies? Are you a flopper or a percher? Spoiler alert, most men tend to flop at least a little. Do you want a piece that’s a “front room” style that forces you to sit up properly for conversation, almost like an elongated chair, or do you want a squishy family room lounger?
Personally, I always sit with my legs pulled up under me, so while I’m not particularly tall I appreciate a deeper sofa.
- How deep do you need your sofa to be?
Standard sofa depths are usually 36-37” deep. If you are petite, limited on space, and encumbered by a small front door, or just want to sit up most of the time then this is probably a great fit for you. If you are a little taller than average or you like to lounge, look for something in the 38-40” depth. With a sofa depth of 42” most people will be able to sit with their legs pulled up and people who are taller than average will finally have a place to sit that really fits. Those extra couple inches make a huge difference in the way something fits.
- How tall should your sofa seat height be?
An 18-inch seat height is standard for most styles. Some of the more minimal modern sofas will be lower at 16”. Sometimes you can find sofa seat heights up to 21” high. Again, if you are tall or have older relatives that visit and have mobility challenges, you would want to look for something 18” and above. Conversely, if you are petite, or decorating a kid’s playroom, the lower seat height would be the best fit for your needs. Seat backs should be considered for both comfort and aesthetics. If your sofa is also a room divider, maybe the lower back would work better to not obstruct a pretty view.
- What arm style and seat cushion shape should you get?
Arm styles and seat cushion shapes are another key point to consider. If you are a sofa napper, then you probably want a lower arm with a rolled shape. If you sit up and lean, or you like to read then you might want a slightly taller arm. Seat cushions that are “T” shaped make a sofa more lounge-able as well.
Here are our 3 favorite lounge able sofas you can order online:
s1. The Logan
84″W x 41.5″D x 37″H the 84” length makes this easy to incorporate in most spaces. The T-cushions and 41” depth are perfect for people who like to curl up and the 21”seat height really makes this a good fit if you’re tall. The square arm, lack of skirt and tailored look make this style easy to work with in a wide range of décor styles.
2. The Gent
I love the tray base on this sofa. The slim arms, and one-piece seat cushion, give it a contemporary look. The dimensions are 94″W x 38″D x 33″H. I recommend this piece for medium to large apartments or homes. This style will suit people who are of about average height.
3. The Sunday sofa is aptly named.
This one is a great Sunday afternoon lounger. Dimensions here overall are: 102 in W x 40 in D x 30 in H. This piece is also available in a smaller apartment size. I love the exaggerated thickness of the seat cushions with the thin arms. At 17” seat height, this is a little bit of a low rider so a great choice for those who are petite or younger in age.
Let us help you find the right fit for you and your family, and connect with us today.