Appropriate couch length?
We are planning to buy a new couch AKA sofa and I am having trouble deciding on the length. What should I consider? What's an average, comfortable length? For years we've had loveseats and smaller chairs so I can barely even picture a "normal" couch at this point.
We tested one out in a showroom, loved it, and planned to order it. Online I see that it is over 8 feet long (about 99 inches), but there is a loveseat in the same model which is about 80 inches long, a little over 6.5 feet. Aside from length, the two pieces are almost identical - each have only two seat cushions (longer on the longer model, of course) but the longer model has feet in the middle as well as on both ends. Both the couch and loveseat have the same seat depth. This is a modern style, sleek with no skirting and exposed feet, side cushions instead of padded upholstered arms.
I didn't originally want a loveseat because I want to be able to stretch out, but now I wonder if the piece we tried in the showroom was in fact the loveseat. Over 8 feet long seems unusually large and I'm not sure that one was really that long. Our last couch was (we think) only 6 feet long, maybe 6.5' and it was a three-cushion model and seemed large enough - it seemed like a "normal" couch, not a mini version.
The space is open concept, about 23 feet long, but that includes a transitional portion and a sort of atrium area - the main portion of the room is only about 13 feet long. It's only 12 feet wide. Couch will be oriented along the longer wall. Entry and exit of the furniture is also an issue as there are stairs involved.
This post was edited by lizzie_nh on Fri, Jul 25, 14 at 8:48