The coziest piece of furniture is definitely the loveseat. Its diminutive scale is more inviting than a long sofa and its unique size is more charming than a simple chair. So how much do you know about this home favorite?
Made in the U.S. since the early 1800s, the loveseat wasn’t originally created as a courtship aid; instead, it provided a seat that would fit the large dresses worn by the ladies of the period. Luckily fashions have changed and the oversized accommodation became the perfect spot for two. In the 19th Century, the design was named “loveseat” (an early example of the power of marketing?) and the rest is history.
A loveseat is small enough to be used in a variety of settings. Place one with a sofa to create a more intimate-looking grouping. Use one in a master bedroom to fashion a comfortable sitting area. Put one in an oversized foyer to provide guest with a place to sit. And use one in a kitchen to turn dinner into a leisurely event.
Loveseats also add a sense of balance to the seating arrangement of larger rooms. Choose one that blends with your existing décor; styles range from traditional to contemporary to casual. Or add one that serves as an interesting accent piece – especially if you custom-order the upholstery.
As you would with any piece of furniture, measure your space to determine the correct size for your home before you shop. Loveseats can be overstuffed and large, or petite and streamlined, with sizes ranging from 50- to 76-inches in length.
Then get ready to fall in love. The perfect loveseat will transform your space into an intimate gathering – no matter if your room is large or small.
The holiday season is a time to host out-of-town friends and family. If you don’t have a dedicated guest room, a sleeper sofa is a great option. More comfortable than an air mattress, you can use a sleeper sofa in your living space or create dual-purpose spaces, such as a combination home office and guest room or den and guest room. Because it’s more than just a place to sleep, you want to choose a sofa bed that will be comfortable day and night. Here’s what you need to know:
Measure the Room
When measuring your space, don’t forget to think about how much room the bed will take when fully extended. You don’t want to have to move a lot of furniture to use it. Sleeper sofas come in a variety of sizes, so you’re sure to find something that works with the space you have.
Sleeper Sofas Have Gotten More Comfortable
Gone are the days of thin mattresses that rest on iron bars. Today’s sleeper sofas now come with comfortable mattresses, including memory foam as well as regular innerspring.
Check the Seat Comfort
Your sleeper sofa will be used closed most of the time, so be sure to check the comfort of the cushions. Also make sure it fits the style of your room. You’ll find options that are casual, urban, traditional and modern, as well as fabric and leather upholstery.
Sleeper sofas come in twin, full, queen and queen-plus sizes. Determine how many people you will be hosting to choose the right size of the pieces you need. You could combine a queen with a twin to host a small group, for example.
Test How It Opens
Opening and closing a sleeper sofa should be an easy task. Test how it feels and make sure it operates with minimal effort. You don’t want to have to ask guest to struggle before they go to sleep.