Buying a sofa is a big deal. A sofa is usually the biggest piece of furniture in the room and where you spend a big chunk of your time in the living room. As you browse our selection, think about how you plan to use the sofa and what works best in your home.
The difference between a sofa and a loveseat is the size. A standard three-seat living room sofa is 84 inches long and usually has three cushions to seat three or four people. A standard loveseat is 60 inches long and has two cushions, so it usually sits two people. The term sleeper sofa, or sometimes called pull out couch, refers to a specific type of sofa or loveseat that has a mattress folded inside the piece of furniture and can be converted into bed.
If you have a large family, a sofa can provide enough seating for everyone to relax. However, a loveseat can also be a great addition to your living room. It increases the seating without requiring you to add another larger sofa, which can help your furniture arrangement feel more in proportion. Loveseats are also great alternatives to sofas in smaller rooms where you don't have the space for something bulky. If you're looking for a convenient way to add sleeping space for guests who come over often, a sleeper sofa or loveseat helps you create a cozy spot for them to spend the night.
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It's easy to get sidetracked by styles and colors. If you're looking for quality, though, you have to check the frame. Most sofas or couches have a wood frame, and those made from hard wood are more durable than pieces made from particle board. The best sofas have dowels and corner blocks supporting the joints so they withstand the pressure of daily use.
Sofas, couches and loveseats have a variety of features designed to maximize your comfort. The way you use your living room sofa will help you decide which features are best for you.
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Your sofa, couch or loveseat may be a big purchase, but the right one makes a statement in the room and keeps you comfortable. Consider the number of people you typically plan to seat in the space and think about the stylistic features you prefer as you begin your shopping journey.
More: Find extra information to help you choose the perfect sofa with our Sofa Buying Guide.