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The Sofa Guide
Shopping for the perfect sofa but don’t know where to start? West Elm experts are here to help.
From Their Expert: “What kind of space are you living in, and how long will you be there? Long-term homeowners can be more specific in their choices. Apartment renters should choose functional pieces that can be reworked in different spaces.” - Michael, Home Stylist, West Elm Paramus
There are different sizes that can transform a living space. Check out some of them below.
Also known as 2-seaters, loveseats offer comfort and style without overwhelming a room. They’re often seen with two individual cushions or one long bench cushion. Pro tip: they can also be used at the foot of a bed.
Perfect for a more traditional living room arrangement, 140-165 cm sofas are still conducive for small spaces, while 165-190.5 cm — or wider — sofas can anchor a larger room.
Limited on space but want the benefits of a modular? Go for a small modular. Its chaise component provides plenty of comfy seating, ideal for entertaining + family lounging alike.
Best suited for open floor plans, a large modular anchors a room and can function as a space divider, separating the living area from the dining or kitchen. Made of modular pieces, it configures into several shapes—West Elm design experts love how an ottoman can function as a chaise or coffee table.
Opt for a sofa bed if you’re looking to add that extra functionality to your living space. They’re available in single, double and queen sizes.
Choosing Your Fabric
From Their Expert: “If you like to change things up, choosing a neutral sofa is the way to go. It will serve as a blank canvas, allowing you to add a pop of colour, indulge in a trend or even change your room’s paint colour without having to re-upholster to accommodate the change.” - Ida, Home Stylist, West Elm Toronto.
Find Your Fabric
Functionality is key, and they have fabrics to suit every lifestyle—from durable tweeds and twills that hide spills to their easy-to-maintain performance velvet.
Find Your Colour
A poppy sofa can be the statement-making focal point of a neutral space or become the central theme of the overall room.
Not really liking the fabrics? Then opt for an easier option - Leather.
Easy to clean, leather is always in style and wears well with age. Best known for its beautiful colours, their aniline leather develops a rich vintage patina over time.
It’s All In The Details
From Their Expert: “I love statement legs! They add so much personality to a sofa and airiness to small spaces. The Andes Sectional’s cast-metal legs and Brooklyn Sofa’s boomerang legs are my favourites.” - Jiyoung, Home Stylist, West Elm Logan Circle
Family movie nights? Choose a style with plush, sink-right-in cushions. Always entertaining? Tight cushions allow for more seating space with a cleaner silhouette. For a completed look, throw in a few plump cushions in complementary hues.
Curved arms complement the traditional style, while straight arms give a clean-lined, modern feel. Armless silhouettes can be ideal for small spaces, providing a streamlined choice that doesn’t skimp on style.
A sofa with legs can make your room feel lighter and more open. Tapered solid wood legs offer a retro look, borrowing from classic mid-century design. Straight metal legs complement a modern + sleek aesthetic. Low block legs lend a more traditional, comfortable silhouette.
Still, looking for more advice? Visit West Elm’s website today and get your expert advice from the design team.