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This post was edited by Tibbrix on Fri, Jul 25, 14 at 9:11
|I consider the space...do I want room for end tables? How big is the room? Will the sofa dominate the room or will it look lilliputian? I have a preference for 3 seat sofas as you have a shot at seating 3 people. Love seats typically seat one unless people are close enough and willing to share. I also consider how many people I typically want to seat in an area and how many I might want to squeeze in in a party situation. |
I agree to stretch out on it and see how it feels. Use it in the show room the way you'd use it at home.
Also remember everything looks smaller in a showroom as they tend to be so large, so measure, measure, measure including the height of the back as that has a lot to do with how much visual space it takes up. And the same thing with the arms...a lot of newer sofas have huge curled arms on them.
|In my opinion, it's not about what's average, it's about what is logical for the space. |
I think you need to do some space planning. Some people do this with graph paper and drawings, so people do it with a measuring tape and the actual room.
Decide the location in the room where the sofa is going to go, decide whether you will have side tables. Think about having chairs facing the sofa so that the people on the sofa can have a conversation with other people in the room. Then measure the available space for the sofa.
|"Average" for a one piece sofa is 7 feet +/- a few inches based mostly upon arm style. This is a decent length for someone to lie down on, and depending upon arm style someone may be able to sit at one end while someone else is lying on it. |
Part of the sizing also has to do with getting it in and out of the house through doorways and/or up and down stairs, in elevators and such.
I have an 8 foot sofa that will not negotiate the house to where I would like to put it. We will need to keep it where it is, hoist it up to the third floor on the outside and get it in that way or sell it.
I know someone who had to pay a premium to temporarily override one of the automatic elevators in their highrise so it could be attached to a special hook on the bottom of the elevator and the elevator run manually to the right floor.
Then they had trouble getting it in from the hallway. This was a nine footer.
If you live in a large suburban style house maybe none of this matters but that, as well as back height and seat depth are all factors in sofa sizes.
This post was edited by lizzie_nh on Fri, Jul 25, 14 at 10:56
|I think a 9-foot piece would be considered oversized when thinking about moving it as it would be difficult to get around corners and through doorways. I copied the following from a moving site that talks a bit about how a sofa's measurements relate to moving through a doorway which may be helpful to you as you would know the standard sizes of doors in the houses/apartments where you live. |
There are two lengths that are most important: the sofa width and the height of the sofa's back (the back of the sofa when you're sitting down - measure from floor to top of back). Let's start there.
Measure the dimensions of the sofa: height, width and length. If the sofa legs can be removed, it's best to remove them first. If they cannot be removed, then you need to measure the height with the legs attached, from the floor to the top of the sofa's back.
Measure the dimensions of the opening, whether it's a door or stairwell or elevator door.
If the sofa's back height is longer than the door's width, then the sofa's width will need to be narrower than the door's width.For example, a door's width is 40" and the sofa's width is 43" and the sofa back height is 38". This means you can turn the sofa so that the sofa's back is facing the ceiling.
The sofa should slide through as long as the inside space will accommodate it (hallway or foyer).
If both the width and the back height is too long for the width of the door, then you need to consider the sofa's length. Measure the length of the sofa and the height of the door opening. The sofa's length will need to be shorter than the door's height.Also check the entrance way to see how much room you have to maneuver - there should be at least a foot or more of space on either side of the doorway in order to shimmy the sofa through. If the inside space is a narrow hallway, the couch may not fit. You may also need to remove the door in order to gain some additional room.
Stand the sofa on one end with the bottom, where the feet are, positioned to enter the doorway first. Now angle the sofa so the back and the bottom form a V. If you're behind the sofa, about to push it through the door, you should be looking at the sofa back and part of the bottom. The sofa's seat should be facing inside.
With someone on the inside and someone on the outside, angle the sofa by sliding the seat through the door, letting the sofa curl around the doorway.
|Yes, don't forget about the depth. |
My sister fell in love w/a sofa & loveseat in a dept store--they were both the right length, felt comfortable, etc...she didn't think about depth because she was in love w/the upholstery fabric.
They were each 4ft deep, in an open atmosphere like a showroom you can't always correctly visually judge size.
Now in a big room no issue, but when your LR is only 12ft wide, by the time the sofa/loveseat made an 'L', she had 2 ft of space on one end, plus adding big square coffee table and path space around took up that space too across the room.
Luckily, for only another delivery fee she was able to return the pieces.
|We have an 84 inch couch. In the living room, it was fine but decided to move it to the family room (I like to lay down to read and watch TV). It is really too long (for me and for the room). I am thinking that I need no longer than a 6'5" couch (77 inch) (inside measurement of the arm to arm). Will be looking for that next spring and make do with what I have till then.,|
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