Sofa: Fitting Into Small Space Takes Deft Touch

ace of space, uw digital collections, sofaA sofa is the centerpiece of a living room. So picking a comfortable, yet well designed sofa is one key to designing a comfortable living space. This is especially important for those of you who live in small apartments. A sofa that's too big can overwhelm a living room and leave you feeling cramped.

But don't fret: All you have to do is follow a few simple rules, and you'll be set.

1. Measure your space.

Before you head to the store, get out your tape measure out and evaluate your living space. Figure out how much room you have to work with. For example, I've made the mistake of trying to fit an oversize sofa into a super-small apartment. So know your limits. That way you don't waste time disassembling a sofa or trying to sell it on craigslist.

2. Think multi-functional.
Consider integrating unique and multi-functional sofas into your home. The Matrjosjka is a perfect example of this concept. It's more than a sofa. You can also use it as a bed, dinner table, office, or storage unit.

3. Avoid impulse buying.

If you decide to purchase a sofa from a department store, don't get talked into buying the matching loveseat. Impulse buying is hard to resist, but remember you have limited space to work with. Plus, you don't want to overspend.

4. Be bold!
It might be "safe" to go with black, brown or some kind of neutral color. But why not go with a bold color, like orange? Trying out a new color scheme might be just the thing that your little apartment needs. However, if you decide to stick with a more neutral color you can always spice things up with a few colorful pillows.

5. Tips to consider.
  • Make sure you new sofa will actually fit through the front door. And measure any hallways or stairwells that you might have to navigate.
  • Remember you don't have to spend a whole paycheck on a new sofa. You can find cool options on craigslist and freecycle.
  • And take a moment to read the handy sofa guide by the folks at Design Sponge.

Tammy Strobel blogs at
RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of "Simply Car-Free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life."

The Ace of Space is a bi-weekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.

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