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Sofa Buying Guide

The sofa is the heart of your family's living space. The right choice will bring comfort, warmth and style to your home for years to come. But there are so many choices available - from size to color to fabric - it can feel overwhelming. A well-made sofa that looks good and can stand up to the rigors of life is a big investment. So where do you begin?

We've got you covered. Here are four simple steps to help you find the perfect piece to love.

1. Choose Your Type.

The best place to start is within your specific space. The key points here are size and use. How big is the room your sofa will live in? What other pieces will accompany it? How will the sofa be used?

Cody Loveseat with Channel Tufting

For instance, if you live in a modest apartment or an older home with smaller rooms, a loveseat could be just the right size. While standard sofas are generally 6 to 8 feet wide, loveseats stay closer to 4 to 6 feet in length, which could accommodate a tighter space.

Buenos Aires Sofa in Maverick Arctic

If your room allows for more traditional sizing, keep in mind that you won't be limited to traditional styling. We'll delve into this a bit more in the next section, but modern sofas in the traditional size category come in a staggering array of styles and options.

Sorrento Sofa with Pull Out Memory Foam Mattress

Versatility may be high on your sofa priority list, whether you live in a studio apartment or need a guest room piece that can function as a sofa by day and a bed by night. Forget what you thought you knew about pull-out sofas because today's choices are both stylish and conducive to a good night's rest.

Sardinia Sectional in Emerald Velvet

The sectional offers a different kind of versatility, especially in rooms with hard-to-fit shapes. An L-shaped or narrow rectangular living room is a great setting for sleek sectional that can be separated to optimize traffic flow.

2. Choose Your Style.

Style is all about aesthetics. Are you going for light and airy or warm and cozy? Are your accent pieces bohemian and eclectic, or do have vintage and heirloom pieces to incorporate into the look? Whether you prefer clean modern lines, the simplicity of midcentury modern design or the sumptuous luxury of tufts and brass accents, the sofa you choose should reflect your personal style.

A modern look doesn't have to mean antiseptic white and hard surfaces. The clean lines of this Manhattan sofa update the Chesterfield staple of yesteryear while keeping the luxe of rich velvet upholstery. Pair this with midcentury modern accents for an authentic look.

Manhattan Sofa in Velvet with Brass Toe Kick

Add a touch of glamour to your living space with an art deco piece in a sumptuous fabric. The curved lines add visual interest that will complement family heirlooms and modern accessories alike.

Art Deco Petite Sofa with Channel Tufting and Toe Kick

If you're looking for the ultimate comfort that doesn't sacrifice style, think outside the box with an oversized tufted sofa bed as a centerpiece. Mod Shop offers something for every style, including reclaimed wood and brass accents, chaise lounges and more.

Fat Bastard Sofa/Bed

3. Choose Your Material. 

Once you've narrowed down your type and style, the fun really begins. Mod Shop offers customizable material options to fit your lifestyle, from faux and real leather to velvet, linen and more. Solid colors tend to be the most versatile to pair with bright accent pillows and statement wallpaper, but don't be afraid of prints. A bold geometric or chevron can add serious personality to an otherwise understated room.

Sinatra Sofa in Brussels Silver Velvet

Velvet brings a luxurious feel to any style sofa, adding warmth to modern looks with an understated finish that cradles you in comfort.

Stockholm Sofa in Notion Hypnotic Linen

The texture of linen will add interest to the clean look of midcentury modern pieces. It is easy to care for and classic enough to bring a room of eclectic pieces into harmony.

Hollywood Sectional Faux Leather in Mesa White

Perhaps one of the most versatile upholstery options, real and faux leather are easy to care for and can stand up to years of wear from your busy family. Go traditional with colors like mahogany or chocolate on overstuffed tufts, or freshen things up with white, fawn or pale blue on a sleek sectional.

4. Choose your comfort.

It may seem obvious, but a sofa is supposed to be comfortable. Whether that means a memory foam sectional you can sink into for binge-watching or a firm love seat for more formal gatherings, the sofa you choose has to match the overall experience you're creating in your home.

Mid-Century Sofa in Brass

Mod Shop offers a variety of comfort levels for every need. And the quality craftsmanship that goes into every piece of furniture we sell means you'll rest easy knowing you can trust our sofas to bring lasting comfort to your family for years.

Of course, the best way to know if a sofa has the right feel for you is to give it a try in person. If you live in the Los Angeles, Orange County, Miami, New York City or Dallas area, stop into one of our retail locations to test drive our sofas. Experts recommend giving each option at least 10 minutes to determine if it's the right fit, so relax and let your intuition guide you.

With these four easy steps, you're well on your way to finding the perfect sofa for your space and your life. If you need even more inspiration, check out our design blog, or contact our friendly customer service department for answers to all your questions. You'll be sitting pretty - and comfy - in no time.

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