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Publication Date: 2016-04-20

Design Insights

Designer Tips for Selecting a Sofa

Selecting the right sofa is the key to creating a welcoming, attractive living space. We asked three top designers for their quick tips in choosing the perfect sofa for your spaces, from when to use a bold pattern to how to gain extra seating space. 



"While a neutral fabric is a longtime investment, don’t be shy about covering a sofa in an intense pattern to add needed character to your room. Most of my favorite sofas have all been vintage finds—full of personality—that I’ve reupholstered."

"If you have the space, sofas should be sculptural and live in the center of the room rather than be backed up against a wall."

"Don’t get so wrapped up with the looks of a sofa and forget how important comfort is! Look for a sofa that you can sink into."  


"Choosing the right sofa is a delicate balance of art and science. Beyond the important decorative aesthetics, searching for the perfectly pitched back or ideally sized seating depth is going to make your choice work in the long term. I struggled to perfect proportions of our Inverness Sofa for months until I thought it was flawless."


"I turned to the same values I use in selecting sofas for my clients when it came to creating pieces for Tomlinson." (Shown is the Racer Sofa)

"The extra depth and width I designed in my Ocean Drive sofa allows the person using it to really stretch out and feel comfortable whether they are by themselves or with others. I always appreciate extra-wide arms, as well—they can serve as extra seating in a pinch for larger gatherings."

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