Most homes incorporate couches of some kind into the general interior design layout – after all, guests often cannot comfortably admire the beauty of the house sitting on a stiff floor, can they? And how often do you hear of someone passing out on the floor in front of the television? There are several sofa styles available at this time in terms of design and material; it just depends on what your tastes are as far as furniture.
Take sectional sofas, for example. These are basically really large couches that are built with a curve. Two people can almost certainly sleep on each end of this kind of sofa, and it provides a lot more seating than the average divan. Not to mention they look relatively neat and are a refreshing change from a typical sofa. And you just know that if no one sits on the bowed area of the sofa, the cat will twist himself into peculiar shapes in order to squeeze himself into that spot. Try getting an ottoman to match the settee if you don’t intend to place a coffee table in front of said sofa. You could even try getting some ottoman trays for you and you guests to use as casual tables.
A leather sofa is another decorating possibility, though it may not be for folks who are building a home on a budget. If you’re looking for a brand-new, good-quality, thick leather sofa, it will put you back about five thousand dollars. Yikes. But often times, it is worth the investment since leather will not absorb fluids and odors like porous fabric will. Before you decide to overspend your budget and sink several grand in a leather couch, check out thrift stores, the classified ads, and the internet for used ones first. Leather sofas don’t wear and tear nearly as much as their softer counterparts, so you could probably find a used leather couch for a reasonable price on Craigslist or eBay.
Maybe you’d like a convertible couch? Sofa beds are those exquisite couches that have pull-out mattresses hidden beneath their cushions. They’re great for when you have a guest and no guest room or your wife has exiled you to the couch for the night. And don’t forget the concealment factor of having a bed camouflaged in your living room…it’s kinda neat, isn’t it? Prices on these vary between eight hundred and fourteen hundred dollars, give or take a few hundred bucks. Again, of you’re not opposed to second-hand goods, check out the thrift store or the newspaper for this item.
And then there’s the very versatile room-hugging piece: the corner sofa. These bear a close resemblance to the sectional sofa, only they are not built on a rounded curve. Instead, they have a right angle at their base, meaning they will fit into the corner of a room and rest snugly against the wall. This is good if you’d like to free up some more space in your living room, or whichever area you choose to place the couch in; and let us not forget how tasteful they look. If you’re a nerd, you could probably fix up such a couch to look like a Tetris block. Do that with all the furniture for a totally geeked-out living room.