Choosing Living Room Furniture

Finding great living room furniture that also helps conserve or best make use of your available space can be challenging even if you have plenty of room to work with. Let’s suppose you have small, one-bedroom or a studio apartment. What considerations in case you have when choosing your end tables or sofas? You will have to think about the layout of the apartment, the design and style of furniture, what purposes you will need each bit to meet, and the overall composition of the furniture takes hold the space. If you need help choosing furniture for living room or perhaps your main apartment space, then continue reading.


Many times we learn to shop for sofas through costly experimentation. Hopefully this will not happen for you.

Don’t be so taken with color, texture and elegance that you forget construction. When selecting a sofa look for durable fabrics and comfy cushions that will keep their shape along with a strong well-made frame.


Some sofas have seats without any cushions at all, but most have 2 or 3. Sectional sofas can have more than that. Seat cushions are usually loose. The back cushions could be loose or they may be attached. Attached cushions stay where they belong and try to look uniform. Seat cushions shouldn’t be unyielding but they should be firm enough to have their shape. Zippered cushion covers can be taken off and dry cleaned. Additionally they allow you to replace the foam cushions with new ones of exactly the same size and shape.

“Density is used to gauge the sturdiness of foam, and, generally, the larger the density the more durable (and much more expensive) the cushion is going to be,” says Jackie Hirschhaut, Vice President of Pr and Marketing for the American Home Furnishings Alliance. “Better quality upholstered furniture uses foam having a density rating of at least 1.8 to 2.5 pounds per cubic foot.”

Frame Construction

The couch that will stand the test of time is going to be made from kiln-dried hardwood-oak or maple. Pine is soft and fewer durable. Good quality sofas and loveseat frames are merged with screws and will have mortise and tenon joints. Cheaply made furniture is stapled.

Based on the experts at Good Housekeeping, test the force of the fame by lifting one leg 6 inches started, if the other leg hasn’t risen too, the frame is weak.


“The upholstery of an item of furniture determines a great deal about how it appears and how it feels,” explains Mary Elizabeth of the Home Institute. “To a sizable extent, it determines the price. It determines whether the furniture feels–firm or soft. The kind and quality of the upholstery also determines the way it will last.”


The number of chairs you need depends on the dimensions of your room, the number of people in your family and when you like to entertain. As far as construction, arms and fabric are worried, they are much the same as sofas. In terms of style keep to the same general style as the sofa. If your sofa is really a large chunky style don’t buy small chairs and the reverse often happens. A rocking chair could be soothing for some people and a recliner is a superb place to spend a rainy afternoon with a decent read and a cup of coffee.


Speaking of coffee, end tables, coffee tables, sofa tables and television cabinets provide you with and your guests a place to create a cup, display décor and house your electronics. Some coffee tables have hinged tops with space for storage inside keeping clutter low. Others have baskets underneath for such things as magazines, novels or needlework. Traditional styles are wood and therefore are functional. Contemporary styles could be glass, metal, plastic or wood and aren’t usually very functional. 

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