Buying a new sofa can be a daunting task. And with the plethora of options, it can be tempting to settle for something quick and easy. So don’t go alone. Follow our guide to see how our lead designers select the perfect sofa.
The perfect layout
Before thinking about fabric and color options, it’s a good idea to find out where your sofa is going and where it is in your home. In this family home on the Upper West Side, we had to create a cohesive layout within one house asymmetrical space. So we used two sofas – one by Dennis Miller and one by Ferrell and Mittman – to create a more symmetrical canvas for the rest of the room.
Take proportions into account
Once you know where your sofa is going, it’s time to pick the ideal shape and size. Cuts work best when filling in a corner area, while a standard option works best against a flush wall. Whichever option you choose, make sure it fits comfortably in your room and leave a few inches of space on each side. In this luxury San Francisco apartment, we chose a gray cut that would fit right in the corner of this living room.
Obviously, your couch is useful for hanging around. However, if it’s going to be placed in a high-traffic area, consider how your couch can serve as a multipurpose piece of furniture. In this penthouse in Central Park West, we put a Mod Livin chaise longue next to the entrance so that our customers have a place in the foyer.
Take into account not only the space required by your sofa, but also its height. We prefer flat sofas as this makes the ceilings look higher. In the living room of this New Canaan renovation, we have upholstered a leather sofa designed by Giorgio Soressi for an elegant addition to this family home.
Shine and texture
We love the look of a traditional gray sofa. However, if you’re looking for something a little more original, consider a higher gloss sofa. To complement the design of this mid-century Upper East Side townhouse, we selected a gray couch with a velvety hue and texture that adds a luxurious touch to the space.
Choose a sofa that suits your style
As one of the largest pieces of furniture you will buy, a sofa should be a symbol of your desired appearance. For this New York apartment renovation, our clients wanted a design that was classic and luxurious without feeling stuffy or overbearing. That’s why we upholstered a flat, tufted couch from a fabric that combines gray and purple tones. It’s a classic design with a few modern twists and it goes perfectly with her style.
Or make a statement
Who said your sofa has to match the rest of your furniture? In this Battery Park City home design, our customers wanted their couch to make a statement. So we picked a Chesterfield leather sofa and contrasted it with the furniture and the couple’s ultra-modern mid-century apartment.