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Sofa secrets – 4 ideas to make the most of a small living space

16th February 2022

If you’ve got a passion for home and garden like us here at Cover My Furniture, we’re willing to bet you’ve browsed your fair share of interiors magazines and sites.

And while we all love marvelling at some of those impressive, expansive spaces, all too often they can seem like they’re firmly in the realm of complete fantasy, especially if they look impossibly sprawling compared to your own home.

But we’ve got some good news for you on that score. Here at Cover My Furniture, we’ve always believed it’s not the size of space you have available that matters – it’s all about what you do with it. We’ve talked extensively about how you can change the entire mood of a room just through your choice of loose sofa covers, but if you’re still deciding where to get started on the placement of your actual furniture, we’ve got a couple of ideas you might find useful!

Strive for Scandinavian style

Over the past few years, Scandinavian style has become an increasingly popular option in households throughout the rest of Europe and beyond. That’s probably no surprise to you, since it constituted one of the biggest trends in 2021. That universal nature is part of its appeal, and it’s especially well suited to a smaller space.

Scandi furniture is immediately recognisable for its minimalist aesthetic, with slim arms and thin legs which raise the body of the sofa far off the floor, allowing your eyes to travel to the farthest wall. All that works to enhance the proportions of the entire room, creating a strong impression and very welcome feeling of spaciousness.

Use a corner sofa to get a new angle on your room

If you’ve not quite got the room to pack multiple items of furniture into the room, a corner sofa (sometimes known as an L sofa) can be a neat and efficient solution – allowing you to get everyone seated comfortably. If you’d like, or you’ve got the space, you can position a few armchairs nearby, so that the entire family has space to sit down together. If you can, it’s a good idea to position them all facing a single central feature, whether that’s a fireplace, a set of patio doors, or even just your television.

If you’ve got an open plan space that means your living room is sharing territory with another room in the house, such as your kitchen, then an L shaped sofa can provide handy demarcation, forming a subtle boundary between the two.

Why the shape of your sofa matters

When you’re deciding on what furniture you have room for, it’s not uncommon for it to end up looking like a fairly binary decision – you have room for a sofa, or you don’t. But that’s actually not necessarily the case. You might not always have room for a larger sofa, but you might be able to fit in a smaller one instead, with thinner legs or arms, and a fixed back – all of which might help it to slot more easily into a space that another full size sofa might not have managed.

Don’t forget, you can always opt for a sofa that’s deeper rather than wider. It might be capable of seating slightly fewer people, but it’s no less comfortable – and cosier and more inviting, to boot!

There’s something about symmetry

This is a great choice if you’ve got a living room that’s relatively long and narrow. Symmetry is popular amongst homeowners and interior designers largely because of the sense of calm and balance that it engenders – exactly what you want in a room you plan to use for unwinding and relaxing at the end of a long day! You might choose to position two relatively long and thin sofas opposite each other for example, or one at the top or bottom end of your ‘rectangle’, giving you an unobstructed view of the space. If you want to double down on that feeling of calmness, you might want to use neutral or natural sofa covers, such as Signature Herringbone – Ivory or Cotton Diamond – Stone.

And if you need a bit more interiors inspiration, take a quick look at our post on how to transform the look and feel of your living room in 2022. Or if it’s just sofa covers you’d like, we’ve got plenty of those too! In fact, here at Cover My Furniture we provide a fantastic range of sofa covers, chair covers and more in a wide variety of colours to choose from, encompassing everything from red and orange to blue and yellow – and plenty more!

If you’re having trouble making a decision, or you’re looking for something in particular, don’t hesitate to let one of us know. You can get in touch using the contact form on our website, or through our Facebook or Instagram. We’re always happy to hear from you!

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