Friday, December 18, 2020 / by Julie Paschal
1. Size. The first thing to consider is how much seating you need. If you have a large family (or planning to grow yours) or have plans to host friends for movie nights or the big game, you should look at larger sectionals. If you live alone or don't have children, you can opt for something a little smaller.
2. Shape. To determine the couch shape, you'll need to examine the size of your living room and determine how you want the area divided. If you want your couch to be the focal point and fill most of the room, an L-shape is a great option, but if you are interested in incorporating more chairs or recliners then a 3-seater sofa might get the job done.
3. Color. If you have children or pets, will be hosting gathering where people may eat or drink in your living room, or you just love a good movie and snack night, you may want to choose a darker couch.
4. Fabric. Similar to choosing a color for your couch, selecting a fabric comes down to who will be using your couch and how. Cotton, linen, and chenille are usually better suited for a slightly-used couch while fabric like leather, microfiber, and polyester are easy to clean and durable.
5. Filling. Foam is a commonly used cushion material and generally offers more support and lasts longer with little maintenance, while feather - or down-filled cushions provide that soft, sinking comfort, but require more maintenance.