Designing Your Own Sofa - What Are the Options?

If you're looking for a new sofa for your home, it is incredibly important that you get the right one. After having a look around, if you are not quite sold on any you have seen, there is another option; why not design your own?

There are lots of important factors to take into consideration if you do decide to design your own sofa. For example, the dimensions of your room will affect the size and shape of your sofa. Likewise, whether you have a big family, a lot of guests, or if it is just you and your pets most of the time, will also affect your decision.

When it comes to the actual designing process, you will be faced with a lot of options, so it's essential that you've had a think about them before you start.


The first and possibly most important option you will be faced with is the shape of the sofa you want. Standard, traditional sofas are usually rectangular in shape and can fit easily into most rooms.

However, you may also wish to consider a corner sofa, as these fit wonderfully into tight spaces and really utilise every square inch available. Corner sofas generally offer more seating as well, so if that's important to you, then this might be a worthwhile consideration.


The size of the sofa is the next option of utmost importance. The size of the room and the amount of people you expect to be using the sofa will affect how big you want it to be.

People with larger families or who host a lot of guests tend to opt for the bigger sofas, but the choice is completely up to you. Some sofas can offer as little as two seats, so if you want something small and compact there's still plenty of choice.

It is important to consider the room size as well though, as you don't want a large sofa to dominate a room, leaving little space for anything else. Equally, why not take advantage of the space available and choose a bigger sofa if you have the option?


Another decision you will have to make is the colour; sofas can be practically any colour or design, so this one could take some thinking about! Sofas are usually a long-term investment as well, so it's worth spending time considering what you want, as you'll probably have it for a while!

Most people choose a block colour that is quite versatile such as cream, brown or black. These sofas tend to go with any colour scheme or d'cor, so even if you change the room in a few years' time, your sofa won't look out of place.


Alongside the colour of the sofa, another factor to consider is the fabric it is made from. Faux or real leather are very popular choices because of their comfort and easy-to-clean traits. However, these can sometimes be a bit more expensive than the traditional fabric choice, especially if you choose real leather.

Traditional sofa fabric is long lasting and durable. If you want a specific design rather than a block colour, then you will have to go with traditional fabric over a faux leather, as it is this fabric that offers the larger variation.


Another option that you might not initially think about is the type of legs you want on your sofa. Some people prefer the sofa to be as close to the floor as possible, only having bases under each corner to support the sofa and ensure it doesn't damage the floor.

On the other hand, some people like to store things under the sofa, so prefer taller legs. The choice is completely personal and comes down to your specific requirements and preferences.


Designing your own sofa is a sure-fire way to ensure you get what you want in a sofa. Before going ahead with it though, it's definitely worth having a think about some of the important aspects to make sure you end up with the sofa of your dreams.

An article by Clive Smith who recommends visiting for all your home furnishing needs, they have a wide range of sofas in stock.

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