It’s no secret that the sofa is one of the most important pieces of furniture you can have in your home. It is the focal point of entertainment, communication, relaxation and even sleep.
Depending on your choices in design, a sofa can handle any or all of these duties with assurance. To help you make an informed choice, we’ve boiled down the endless selection of styles and types into six main sofa styles.
Whether you call it a couch or a sofa, most people associate this style with the word “sofa.” It is usually a single piece of furniture without any additional sections or features, such as a fold out sleeper or built in recliners. The upside is that a traditional sofa usually costs less than one with bells and whistles. It is also a lot less heavy, so you can move it more easily than other sofa styles.
On the outside, they look much like their traditional counterparts. It’s what’s on the inside that makes them different. Lift off the cushions and there’s a bed, ready to go. Typically, traditional sofas have a queen-sized sleeper while loveseats are twin-sized.
Of course, a sleeper sofa isn’t the most comfortable solution for your guests, which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how long you want your guests to stay. In addition, sleeper sofas are very heavy, so if you ever want to move it, especially up or down a flight of stairs, you’d better have a lot of good friends.
Like their sleeper sofa counterparts, a convertible sofa is a good solution for the occasional overnight guest. With a convertible sofa, the whole sofa becomes a bed. There’s no internal mechanism. You simply pull out the cushions and they become the entire bed. One of the advantages of the convertible sofa is its ease of set up.
Recliner sofas are traditional sofas with a twist – one or more seats in the sofa recline. The mechanism allows the user to sit upright, partially reclined or fully reclined.
Sectional sofas are a great invention. They allow you to have a larger sofa without having to figure out how to get it into your home. The sections are manageable in size and many models of sectional sofas allow you to mix and match the pieces, so you can create a fresh look without having to buy another piece of living room furniture.
Home Theater Sofas
Similar to sectionals and recliners, home theater sofas offer movie and TV buffs convenient additions such as cup holders, slots for the TV Guide, and space to put your remote controls. Many models also have individual armrests, just like a movie theater.
As you can see, there’s something for everyone when choosing a sofa for your home. Whether you’re looking for a sofa that is a bit more traditional or one that caters to your plugged in lifestyle, there are sofas for all occasions.