This is the first article of many on creating your perfect couch. There are so many factors but before you invite too many cooks to the kitchen… well… living room, remember, THIS IS YOUR HOME! You decide what you like. NOT A DESIGNER, NOT A FRIEND and DEFINITELY NOT A SALES PERSON. Make sure its designed for your lifestyle.
Before you pull out your measuring stick, the first thing you want to do is go see, feel, touch and sit on couches. Every time you say “I like that!” and “oh cool!” Take a picture! This defines your “awe factor.” Don’t concern yourself with too many particulars. See what naturally jumps out at you. This doesn’t mean it will go with your decor or its the right couch but by defining what you react to naturally, you can make notes and then after you follow the guidelines below, you can take pieces of the each couch that you liked and create your perfect piece for your lifestyle. If the people at the couch stores ask you not to take a picture, ask them for a “tear sheet” which is basically a picture of the couch. (eye roll)!
Now that you have done the above, take all the pictures of the “Awe factor” couches and follow the instructions below to define this articles focus about how SIZE MATTERS!
Couches are sized from outside end to outside end defining the length and depth.
- Measure your home accordingly: Throw some books down to block off the area where your couch will go and see if you feel comfortable walking around that area as you head towards your kitchen or to the front door. A couch that sticks out at an awkward angle will be cursed as it hits you in the groin every time the phone rings. Also, don’t forget to measure your elevator. If you order a nine foot long couch but you only have an eight foot tall elevator, you still have to tip the delivery guy!
- Couch height: The height of a couch is a tricky subject. Frame height can differ from total height because loose back pillows can sit higher than the frame. Firstly, measure your doorway. Older homes have smaller doorways and stylized couches can have taller frames. Figure this out, before falling in love with a curvy back reaching 36″ tall if your doorway is only 30″ wide and the delivery guy has taken off your door, and the couch legs with no success. Once you have figured out the logistics, you can decide the style and how the back pillows will cushion your neck.
- Arm length defines seat length: Do you have a small space and seating space is crucial? You will want to choose a style of arm that will give you as much seating space as possible. If you are constricted by a space that only allows for a seven foot couch but you choose a twelve inch arm on each side, meanwhile you have 4 people who will be sharing this seating space, you are now looking at a five foot seating space leaving approximately fourteen inches for each bottom and an inch between you. That’s a close family! But by minimizing the arm size and in turn maximizing your seating space, your family will have some elbow room… literally.
Money Saving Tip: ***Sofa vs. Love seat: A couch is typically over seven feet. A Love Seat is between five and six feet. If you are planning to buy a small custom couch, ask the sales person to price a LARGE LOVE SEAT vs. a small couch.
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