Sofa So Good

I have been asked a number of times lately to source suitable sofas for my clients. Invariably they also want some direction on which type of sofa is best. As you know, the sky’s the limit when it comes to styles, finishes and sizes of sofas. However, there is generally only three shapes of sofas – the modular or L-shape, the sofa with chaise and the standard sofa.

Avon Modular Sofa

So in deciding which is the best shape for you, you need to answer the most important question in home decorating – what will the sofa be used for? Will it be to entertain, watch TV, have a Sunday afternoon snooze or reading? Now many people say all of the above, but what will happen MOST of the time? There are many other things to consider when buying a sofa too but let’s just start with shape for now.

L Shaped Sofa

Two sofas either opposite or perpendicular to each other create the perfect conversation layout. By creating a circle the conversation flows and no one will leave the room with a stiff neck or sore back.


A sofa with a chaise is ideal for TV watching or lazing around but not great for entertaining. If there is a crowd, not every seat is filled and conversation can be difficult as everyone is pretty much in a line. The person sitting or perching on the chaise part doesn’t have back support so it either doesn’t get used as a chair for any length of time or whoever uses it moves around a bit.


An L-shaped sofa does have back support for all seats however the corner seat is rarely used if the room is at capacity. The L-shape is more conducive to conversation and the addition of a couple of occasional chairs at the open end or just some floor cushions will complete that conversation circle. When it’s time to laze around and watch TV a couple can sit at either end of the L and stretch out.

Baby Jasper

But there is a solution should the sofa be used primarily for conversation and only occasionally lounging, or if the space won’t allow the larger sofas – the versatile ottoman. It can be used instead of a coffee table but can also be pulled up to the sofa like a chaise when you just want to stretch out and watch a good movie. It can also be used as additional seating when required.


If you would like assistance sourcing the perfect sofa for your home, contact us for an appointment.

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