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Choosing the best sofa for your living space involves a bit more planning and consideration than selecting other pieces of furniture in a room. Sofas are an investment, a combination of style and function. Not only should they provide comfort, but they also need to stand up to the rigors of daily use and still maintain their appearance. In most homes, every element of the decor revolves around the sofa. Other factors, such as quality, size, shape, and placement in the room are just as important as its fabric and color.

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1. First, measure the room

Before you start picking out a sofa design, measure the room and the wall space where you intend to place the sofa. Drawing a floor plan is helpful. Most furniture manufacturers use standard measurements when building furniture. Use the standards as guidelines when determining whether or not a sofa will fit well in the desired space. Sofas are generally 84 inches wide, from arm to arm. If you have less space, consider an apartment-size sofa, which varies between 68 and 80 inches long. Measure your sofa choice and mark out its intended space on the wall with masking tape before purchase to ensure the height doesn’t cover up wall decor.

Empty minimalist room with gray wall on background and plant on wooden stool - 3d rendering Note: the room does not exist in reality, Property model is not necessary archideaphoto / Getty Images
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