I can be incredibly indecisive when it comes to certain things. So when it was time for my boyfriend and I to get a new couch, I was immediately overwhelmed with all of the options! Thankfully, I found my dream couch at American Signature Furniture (the same company as Value City Furniture). It’s this rich emerald green velvet sofa that I just can’t get enough of. As I was daydreaming about how it would look in our place, my boyfriend kindly reminded me that I needed to be sure it could actually fit in our small living room. So after much prepping and planning, we were able to be sure the couch would look good and fit the aesthetic of our place. Below are 5 tips that will help you decide what couch is the perfect fit for your space!

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1. Measure, Measure, Measure! 

Purchasing a couch that can’t fit through your apartment doorway or into your condo elevator are the things home decor nightmares are made of. Buy measuring tape and measure EVERYTHING- from the length of the wall your couch will be against, to the doorways it must fit through and the corners it must go around. The length, height and width of the couch is always listed online in the details of the item.

2. Make Sure the Sofa Fits Your Current Aesthetic.

Having a beautiful new couch is nice, but if it doesn’t match your apartment’s current vibe, it can look forced and out of place. Your couch should accentuate and complement the overall aesthetic of your place, not make it look like a hodgepodge of things you just happen to like.

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3. Or Change Your Vibe to Match Your Couch.

Call me little obsessed, but I wanted this couch so badly, that I went ahead and painted the walls in our living room white, that way the couch would stand out in our space. If you’re dead set on having a certain couch, don’t let the current color of your apartment stop you! Purchase two cans of paint (which was surprisingly more affordable then I could have imagined- and enough to paint my bedroom too!), call on some friends and get to work! We were able to knock out our living room in about 4 hours.

4. Bigger Isn’t Always Better.

As appealing as a couch large enough to sleep on can be, it’s important to pick a sofa that doesn’t overpower the entire room. Your sofa should be eye-catching, not an eyesore. If you’re apartment is on the smaller side, opt for a traditional love seat and use one or two chairs to add more seating to your space.

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5. Make Sure it Makes Sense For Your Lifestyle.

As two twenty-somethings the decision to get a velvet couch wasn’t a hard one to make. We don’t allow our large dogs on it, which helps keeping hair off of it a bit easier. That said, if you have kids, finding a couch that is easier to clean (maybe a microfiber blend or a leather couch), would make more sense for your needs.

I hope this helps next time you’re in the market for a new sofa! Are there any tips or suggestions I missed? If so, leave them in the comments below!


This post was sponsored by American Signature Furniture. All thoughts and views are my own.



  • Clarissa

    Looking for sofas for when I eventually move love the relax sofa or an L shape with storage and added pull out bed, guests etc

    • Thanks for commenting Clarissa!

  • Fab tips! We’ve just bought an amazing velvet sofa- now we just have to get all the other furniture for our front room! lol

    • I’m sure you love the velvet sofa! They’re just so soft!

  • Jessica Dearnley

    Great tips. I love the colour of that sofa. I remember getting ours and wondering whether it would fit through our door!

  • Some great tips here! I would love a gorgeous corner sofa.

    • Thanks for reading Daniella!

  • Jessica Lynn Martin

    These tips are really useful tips. Yes a thousand times to measuring. We had a problem once where we didn’t measure. Luckily we were able to adjust but not by much.

    • I’m glad you were able to make it work!

  • fashion-mommy

    Measuring is so important, our first three piece suite totally swamped our living room.

  • lianne

    Choosing sofas was difficult as my lounge is so small, some good tips here!

  • Sam Bresnahan

    Some fantastic advice there. I do admit I really dislike sofa shopping. What I want always never fits which sucks

    • That’s frustrating Sam! Hopefully you’ll find something that works for you soon!

  • Sarahjane

    This is some great advice! I hate my sofa but I didn’t pick or pay for it so I shouldn’t really complain too much

    • One of my first sofas was given to me and I hated the color but loved it because it was free.

  • oh a great timely post as I need to buy a new sofa and because of the shape of the room I am looking at a corner one

    • A corner one sounds like it could be a great fit!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Some really good tips, we got leather sofas and have 3 cats who like to sleep on them, but there is a throw over them so they don’t scratch it.

    • I’ve had to do that with my dogs on my couch too!

  • Great tips! I generally just go with what I like as long as it fits, ha!!

  • Great tips here – I’m searching for a new couch now so thanks for sharing x

  • your telling me bigger isnt always better, i found my perfect sofa last christmas and promptly bought it, its a black chesterfield with dark ash cushions and leapord print scatters , i love it but instead of buying just the two large sofas i decidd the spinning love chair was needed too now i cant find room after decorating in my small room lol x

    • Oh no Lisa! I’ve had that happen to me in my last place and it was a nightmare.

  • I didn’t get the best sofa’s when I moved into my flat and I’ve had them 4 and a half years now so I think next year I might invest in new ones. Great tips to think about x

  • Gareth Torrance

    We spent ages looking around for a new sofa, including making a couple of bad decisions that had to be returned… Eventually we found the perfect corner sofa!

    • I’m glad you were able to find one that was a good fit Gareth!

  • Jodie Whitham

    Some great tips! Like buying a car, I imagine picking one to be intimidating. Luckily I’ve not had to stress through it yet x

    • Yeah it can be super intimidating!

  • I imagine that getting the right couch must be difficult but that being said like you said if you measure it will make things 10 times better!

  • Definitely good things to think about when buying a new couch, especially measuring to make sure that the couch you choose will fit through your doorways and into the elevator if you have one. It would be horrid to buy one and not be able to get it into your home.

    • It would be awful if that happened!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Some great tips here. Finding the right sofa can be tricky sometimes x

    • danasia

      Thanks Hannah! Yes, sometimes it can be so much work!

  • What a fab post, I buy without thinking of the space its going into, we have a big red leather couch that looks massively out of place in our living room, not much we can do apart from try and fit items around it to look more appealing x

    • danasia

      I totally feel your pain Lynne. I did that same thing with our last couch!

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