I talk with clients all the time who have spent weekend after weekend searching for the perfect couch only to settle for what was close, but not quite it. Either the style was a bit off or the fabric wasn’t exactly what they wanted, so they pop in and make a project out of it. Many of them didn’t even realize custom ordered couches were a readily available choice, but hear me when I say this: It is easily the best way to get exactly what you are looking for in your living room centerpiece.
Not too long ago we explained how a couch should be just as much functional as it is aesthetically pleasing. Today we are going to go further and help you tailor your sofa to your living room design, as well as your body.
First, let’s start with fitting the sofa to your body type. The key dimensions here are seat height and depth. For those with long legs, you will need a sofa that sits higher up so that both your thighs lay flat on the seat cushion and your feet are flat on the ground. Likewise, longer legs will require a deeper back so that you can sit upright without being scrunched. For those who are shorter, the opposite is required. The most common size range for seat height for sofas are between 18 -21 inches. Size in this range will be suitable to accommodate the most people.
Seat depth ranges from 20 – 24 inches. The key point here is to choose a depth that when seated, your shoulders are square with your hips. After you’ve solved the ergonomics equation, it is time to get into the fun part – style.
Those in the city may want a more contemporary look to go with their modern lofts and apartments. To achieve this effect you want to incorporate sharp edges while keeping the total build minimal. The arms should be Track-styled, with a box cushion and square back (no ear). Avoid a round or skirted base, as they will clash with the rest of the squared features.
A traditional look will do well for those with homes out in the suburbs. Rounded arms are a staple in traditional sofas, and you can complete a classic look with a tufted back and spindled foot.