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How to choose the right sofa style for your living room

Family on a modern two-seater sofa

Whether you love to snuggle or have a growing family, there’s a perfect sofa style out there for you.

To help you find what you’re looking for, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite sofa styles for you to mull over, below.

Best for big families: Three-seater

Pink three-seater sofa in modern living room

With enough room for mum, dad and a couple of kids, the three-seater is a family home staple, lauded both for its showstopping potential and its everlasting cosiness.

And when the family welcomes a new bundle of joy to the mix? Just add a matching armchair or footstool to complete your suite. Smooth!

Best for couples: Loveseats

White loveseat in a white room

If you’re a couple on the hunt for your first home, chances are you won’t be overly blessed with space. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a comfy couch.

Rather than aiming to find the biggest sofa possible, embrace the diminutive dimensions of your living room - and each other – with a petite loveseat or small two-seater sofa. Your bank balance will thank you!

Best for social butterflies:  L-shaped sectional

L-shaped sectional sofa in a white living room

While three-seaters are typically orientated toward the TV, sectionals allow friends to face each other across a coffee table for tea, biscuits and a good chat.

What’s more, they are incredibly space-efficient. Just push your sectional sofa into an empty corner to open up your living space beautifully.

Best for hosts: sofa beds

A couple on a blue sofa bed

If you’re rarely without a visiting friend or family member, you’ll want to grab yourself a sofa bed.

The Swiss Army knife of the furniture world, sofa beds provide all the comfortable functionality of a two or three-seater, with the added benefit of offering an extra place to sleep.

Don’t have room to pull out a sofa bed? Try a day bed instead. These act as sofas by day but are deep and comfortable enough to behave as beds by night – no assembly required.

Best for bookworms: chaise lounges

Purple room with chaise lounges

From the French word meaning ‘long chair’, the chaise lounge is an interiors staple, loved for their upper-crust look and elegant posture. In other words, they’re a natural fit for the “studious” types, shall we say.

For those who love nothing more than an evening read, just nestle your chaise longue in the corner, perhaps by a fireplace or a glowing floor lamp - and voila! You have the perfect reading nook to satisfy any literary craving.

Think you already have the best sofa for your living room? At Plumbs, we can restore your beloved furniture to its original glory. Contact us to find out more.

Sally is the Digital Marketing Manager at Plumbs. Prior to Plumbs, she ran the digital marketing strategy for Johnson’s Cleaners UK. Her interests include home interiors and upcycling, and her favourite show to watch after work is Homes Under the Hammer. Some of the topics she covers on the Plumbs blog include sofa reupholstery and furniture protection.

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