Is 38" sofa deep enough? (v. 42"...)

smallhousebigideasJanuary 22, 2013

We're getting ready to purchase a new sofa for our living room. It comes in 38" and 42" deep options, and we're having a hard time deciding between the two. A few considerations:

1) Our living room is small, and 38" of course has a smaller presence. Currently we have a 42" deep, which is pictured. New sofa would have rolled arms though so already a bigger presence.

2) Although we have a family room in our basement, we use the living room to lounge and watch tv. Is a 38" deep sofa deep enough for lounging?

3) Wife and I are both 5'9.

What would you choose?

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It depends upon the depth of the back cushions, and what the inside seating depth is. Compare the new 38" with the current 42" you have with regards to inside seating depth and see what the difference is.

My vintage sofas are around 32" but they have thin backs and down filled back cushions that flatten a bit so they provide good seating depth despite their overall shallow depth.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 2:48PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

I, like a lot of people, dislike a sofa or chair that is 'too' deep. You have to either slean (sit and lean back), or else one's legs would stick straight out.

I'd suggest you measuring the actual seating area, from the front of the bottom cushion, back to the front of the back cushion with it compressed a bit. The actual sitting depth on my sofa is just 22" but it is very comfortable, and I think of it as my "perfect sleeper".

New sofa would have rolled arms though so already a bigger presence.
Imho, rolled arms are a waste of space, particularly in a smaller area, and it is often uncomfortable to reach a beverage or something on an end table.

Maybe you should continue to look?

Will you be using an end table or two and lamps?

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 8:13AM
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Do you have a picture of the new sofa?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 7:20PM
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What is really important is the seating depth as well as how it fits in the room. The average sofa is 20" to 22" deep but an older sofa that started this way will measure deeper as the back cushions do flatten after a period of time.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 8:18AM
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Even if it has loose back cushions, 38" deep should be plenty. The one in the picture that you posted looks like it would be about 37" deep.


    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 1:00PM
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