Your Guide to Space Saver Sofas for Tiny Spaces

Space saver sofas aren't too difficult to find, if you know what to look for.

Since some things can be a little confusing, I've created a guide to help you understand the usual measurements of the type of sofa you're thinking about buying.

This discussion also includes a couple of pros and cons to consider and alternative options if standard sofas aren't your cup of tea.

Features to Look Out For

Cheap prices sometimes means cheap sofas, so one of the most significant things you should look at when you're deciding on purchasing a sofa for your home is the fabric and cushioning. Not all material is created equal so it's important to be knowledgeable in this area, so you can make the best decision possible for the budget you have in mind.

When you're shopping for a high quality sofa, it's also a good idea to know your foams since they're a primary part of comfort. Foam Online will give you a breakdown of the different types of foams available and which types are better quality than others.


Knowing the quality of each type of foam will also help you when you're looking at the description of a product you're interested in. Many will mention the type of filler (i.e. cushioning) they use for the seats, so you can establish how long the cushions will last before you have to replace them. High quality filler should last for years.

If the type of filler isn't mentioned, it may be a good idea to email the retailer and ask what type of filler is being used if you plan to put a lot of money into the sofa.

Keeping Space Open in Your Home

In some cases, your goal may be simple. You might not be interested in seeking a sofa that's too small, but instead you may be looking for a sofa with minimalistic features that add more transparency to your home.

If so, here are some features to consider...

  • High-Legged Sofas
  • Recessed-Arm Sofas
  • Armless Sofas
  • Tight-Back Sofas
High-legged sofas are simply sofas with slightly higher legs and offer negative (i.e. "empty") space beneath the sofa. You can also seek sofas with thin arms. They're sofas in which the arms are not too bulky. Modern or transitional sofas tend to have these features.

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Don't know what transitional sofa is? Simple. It's a hybrid between a modern and traditional sofa. When you don't want something exactly modern and you don't want something exactly traditional, you go for a transitional sofa, so you can get the best of both worlds.
And if you don't think you'll miss the arms of a sofa, you can aim for an armless sofa which will do away with the arms and give you more seating room in exchange. Recessed-arm sofas are also a possibility. These sofas tend to have arms that curve inward.

Sofas with tight backs can be advantageous but may only suit well in contemporary or modern homes. Smaller, tighter backs means less filler and this may translate to less comfort for some.

Sectional Sofas (Extra Large Sofas)

Space Saver Sofas Sectional sofas range between 108-168" wide and although a small option may be all you can fit in your living room, it shouldn't be the only size you look at if you can afford to place something bigger in the room.

In many cases, although a sectional sofa is large, it can seat a lot of people in a condensed space.

You also have the ability to change pieces around, separate them, and put them back together--basically, mix things up a bit if you grow bored or tired of the current arrangement.

So they give you a much more workable solution than basic sofas.

Sectionals can also provide you with a convenient living and sleeping environment, if you live in a studio apartment and want an option that will offer you a place to sleep at night and sit during the day. Some sectionals have pieces that fit together like a bed and when all pieces are combined, you can sleep on it. Others offer built-in beds (i.e. sleeper sectional sofas) in which you can pull the bed out at night when you're ready for some shut-eye.

You can also treat your sofa like an additional bed when an overnight guest comes to stay if your small home doesn't have an additional bedroom that you can assign as a guest room.

Regarding smaller choices, if a small sectional is what you need, then seeking a 2 or 3-seater sectional sofas is an ideal option. You can also opt to have full control over the sofa you get by seeking out retailers who sell customizable sectionals. This will allow you to pick and choose over which pieces you want so that the size of the sofa is completely up to you.

Standard Sofas (Large Sofas)

Space Saver Sofas Standard sofas range between 84-96" wide and shouldn't be ruled out if you have the space for one.

At the very least you can choose one with the space saving features mentioned above--high legs, no arms or recessed arms.

Typically with standard sofas you can seat at least three people comfortably. Different styles exist that will give you different benefits.

Modern options tend to lean toward clean, straight lines and work well in small spaces.

Traditional choices tend to be high on style, but have bulkier features.

Transitional choices are a hybrid between traditional and modern sofas and work well if you neither traditional or modern suit your taste. Instead of one or the other, you get a balance of simplicity and plushness combined into one sofa.

Though there are many other styles on the market, that fit more specific needs, these three options tend to stand out among the rest and fit most homes comfortably when a generic choice is preferred.

Apartment Sofas (Medium Sofas)

Space Saver Sofas Apartment Sofas commonly range between 72-84" wide. However, you'll find some exceptions that fall above and below those measurements. Yet most will fall in between.

These small space sofas work wonderfully with smaller spaces in which a standard size sofa won't fit.

You can think of apartment sofas as medium-sized sofas--slipping comfortably between the size of a basic sofa and a small loveseat. It's a suitable choice when either option is too big or too small.

Loveseats (Small Sofas)

Space Saver Sofas Loveseats are a good choice when you need something even smaller than an apartment size sofa.

They range between 50-72" wide and work well for seating up to two people.

Choose an armless option if you want to provide more seating space and don't mind foregoing the arms to do it.

Settees, which are similar in size and appearance may also be a alternative option to a loveseat.

Quick Reference Guide to Different Sofa Sizes

In many cases, it can be a little difficult to remember the different size sofas, so I've made a quick reference guide, so that you can see everything at a glance and compare the different sizes of each sofa with little effort.
Sofa Size and Dimension Chart
Sofa Type Size In Inches In Feet
Sectional Sofas Extra Large 108 - 168 in. 9 - 14 ft.
Standard Sofas Large 84 - 96 in. 7 - 8 ft.
Apartment Sofas Medium 72 - 84 in. 6 - 7 ft.
Loveseats Small 60 - 72 in. 5 - 6 ft.
However, keep in mind, that there are some exceptions which will occasionally be over or under the measurements listed above. But the dimensions do define the sizes of most sofas under their specific type.

Space Saving Alternatives

Other options exist if conventional choices aren't up your alley. Consider these possibilities in addition to the selection above or as a replacement...

Futons

Space Saver Sofas Futons are a good choice if you don't mind the slightly contemporary or rustic look and feel. The problem with futons, is that although they are a great option, they don't always look as plush as standard sofas.

Sometimes the look and feel of a futon is too simple in appearance, which may be why some people prefer convertible sofas over futons. To compensate, you may have to opt for a few plush accent pillows and dress it up with two bolster pillows beside the arms in order to give it a "thicker" look.

Another upside to using a futon is that you can also change the look and feel of your futon by getting a new futon cover when the current design gets old.

Comfort level can also be adjusted by upgrading your futon mattress any time you like. This may save you money over time if you have a solid frame the will last you for years to come and replacing the mattress and cover once wear sets in will be your primary concern.

Convertible Sofas

Space Saver Sofas Convertible sofas convert into a full-size bed like a futon, but the similarities end there.

Convertible sofas are aesthetically pleasing, but the downside to these sofas is the filler and the upholstery. In many cases, the cushioning is harder and less comfortable so that it will hold up over years of use as both a bed and sofa. So tread carefully if you favor softer cushions for maximum comfort.

Many convertible sofas get negative feedback because consumers don't know that they're intentionally firmer so that they will withstand the test of time.

Also, note that unlike futon mattresses the upholstery on a convertible sofa can't be easily upgraded or replaced without the need to hire a professional, whereas futons covers can easily be unzipped and replaced. Same goes with the mattresses.

Sofa Beds

Space Saver Sofas Although the names are used interchangeably, sofa beds have pull-out beds and shouldn't be confused with convertible sofas. Convertible sofas are a hybrid between standard sofas and futons, whereas sofa beds are a hybrid between standard sofas and beds.

Convertible sofas may sustain more wear since the convertible sofa as as both a bed and sofa and a sofa bed has two separate pieces that can be exchanged out so that you can sit on the sofa by day and the bed by night.

Convertible sofas are more appealing to consumers with a lower budget and sofa beds are more appealing to consumers with deeper pockets who may be unwilling to compromise on comfort and potentially quality.

Mattress toppers can also assist in adding more comfort if the included mattress isn't as comfortable as expected. However, plan to upgrade later to maximize comfort level.

Chaise Lounges

Space Saver Sofas Chaise lounges are often regarded as chairs that you can lounge in, but some chaises (not all!) situated in a specific way in a room may double as a small, decorative loveseat-type option or also as an alternative to benches.

Extra decorative pillows may be needed to make sitting more comfortable if these chairs happen to be too deep for guests to sit upright in without back-support.

They work well in living rooms, entryways and hallways, bedrooms--practically anywhere where small scale seating is needed and lounging may be preferred.

They may especially suit a corner or look dramatic when stationed at a slight angle, or simply floating in a room next to a focal point where you can draw the eye and hold attention.

Settees

Space Saver Sofas Settees can replace loveseats in the right room where formal options work well. Settees are decorative benches typically of similar size as a loveseat but oftentimes they're simple in style.

Usually they are less bulky but high in style. However, it's not unusual for settees and loveseats to be named interchangeably, so that if you're looking for one option, you'll come across another.

If you'll be sitting for short periods of time or extreme comfort isn't needed, then a settee is a good option. They tend to work well in hallways and entryways or as temporary seating where guests may wait a brief period of time before moving to another location in your home.
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