Living Room Sofa Set 101


Introduction About Sofa Set

Without a doubt, the most frequently used room, apart from the kitchen and dining rooms, is the living room. It is where the homeowner spends the day resting or relaxing doing engaging activities such as reading or perhaps just watching a movie on the television.

For some, the living room is often the first place to be seen once entering the home. Thus, it is elaborated designed to showcase a warm and inviting ambiance. But what makes the living room an inviting place to be in? Could it be because of the colors? Or perhaps the room owes it overall look to the use of furniture.


Since its inception, the living room showcase set has always been the most frequently designed and modified to suit the many style preferences of every homeowner. So what do you need to know about the showcase? Can it be applied in more ways than one?

Here are a few things you need to know about the sofa set and several creative styles and ideas on how you can arrange it in your living room space.



So what are the items in a living room showcase? What makes up the living room sofa set?

If you’re thinking it’s just a simple sofa and armchair, then you’re nearly there.

True it does include a sofa and an armchair, but it can also include different sizes of the sofa and complimenting tables such as the center table, the end table and even console tables. During its early inception, the living room consisted of a long, often elaborated carved and upholstered sofa and two armchairs facing each other centered on a center table and accessorized with a carpet and multiple throw pillows. However, with the popular trend of having more visitors inside the home, the need for more elaborate sets have also seen the evolution and introduction of several key pieces in the living room.

Today’s modern set includes a standard sofa that could sit at least 3- 4 individuals, a settee that is often called a love seat that can accommodate 2 persons and a singular arm chair that can act as an accent chair and can accommodate 1 person. The typical arrangement for the set always has the larger sofa in the middle with the smaller sofas on either side. However, in more recent time and due to the size of the living room space allotted, sometimes the set will only include either of the 3 or 2 person sofa and just one armchair or simply 1 sofa.  But this also gives homeowners the opportunity to make something rather creative and uncanny for their living room.



When you hear the word “compartmentalized”, it quickly denotes to having everything you need in a small space. The same can be said for living rooms, except it is focused entirely on providing the necessary comfort and solution to maximizing a small space. Some hdb homes have living room spaces that are quite small that finding a complete sofa set that can fit the space is a bit tricky. More often than not, some sets adhere to standard sizes and with that in mind, the homeowner is left with the decision to either do away with one piece or have everything customized, the latter having the possibility of being a bit over one’s budget. Most people instead, opt to forego one item depending on the following factors:

  • The number of people in the household
  • The times the room would be used on a daily basis
  • The size of the room and,
  • If the room can be converted into another room without any difficulty.

That being said, the modern living room is composed primarily of either a 3 seater sofa or a 2 seater sofa as the main sofa and a 1 seater sofa. Sometimes the 1 seater is omitted to just accommodate the bigger sofas or even 1 sofa is used instead due to the size of the room. In most cases. When deciding on whether to compartmentalize your living room, always take into consideration the practical side and what best fits the room and the needs. Just because a set is set, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to follow through with it. As the saying goes, fortune favors the bold and less is always more.



We mentioned earlier that there are standard sizes for sofas, each of which can benefit any living room of any size and theme.

  • When one says 1 seater, they are automatically referring to armchairs and sofas that can accommodate one person. A standard size for this is usually 60cm in length by 60cm in width, though it can vary depending on the style. Some can even go as wide as 90cmx90cm.
  • Two seater sofas measure at around 120cm to 130cm in length. An average person can sit in a chair that measures at least 50cmx50xcm with allowances for the arm and back rests.
  • Three seater sofas, on the other hand, are the bigger sofas and can measure from 160cm to 200cm, if not more. This means that the 3 seater sofas tend to be favored in most living room settings.

However, many homes, especially the hdb homes and studio apartments, have employed the 2 seater sofa since they can still sit accommodate a maximum of 3 people if necessary.



There are a wide variety of sets in the market, each of them designed to suit a living room depending on the theme and materials associated with the theme. A design trend that is currently making its mark in many hdb homes and apartments is the Japandi style or the combination of Japanese and Scandinavian design. Sets associated with this style tend to have wooden frames such as teak, oak, white ash and even mahogany. This can be seen in their dowel legs and carved armrests. Fabrics tend to be made out of firm, natural textiles such as linen, cotton, denim and occasionally, leather and can be in neutral colors such as gray, white, beige, black and even taupes. For a more playful approach, pastels and other light colors are used like mint, light orange, teals and even blush pinks.


Modern sets often utilize steel or chrome frames and tend to have more sleek and polished lines in its overall design. As with most sofas, it uses fabrics that are firm and are wear and tear resistant such as corduroy, linen, cotton and leather. In terms of colors, modern sets tend to be a bit liberal and experimental in combining bold solid colors such as red, emerald green, violets, bright oranges and even the classic neutrals, the latter having grays, beiges and blacks the more predominant colors.

Some Singapore homes, as an homage to sustainable design, opt for sets made entirely out of sustainable and locally sourced materials such as bamboo, rattan, hemp, wicker and even reclaimed wood.



Believe it or not, there are many ways you can use the sofa set apart from the usual arrangement. So here are some creative and ingenious ways on making your living room stand out from the rest.

  • If you can’t afford to have a 2 seater sofa, you can actually use 2 one seater sofas in lieu of the 2 seater. Place the 2 seat sofas next to each other on one side and place a side table in between them. You can accessorize with a vase with flowers, a stack of books or even a figurine of your choice.
  • Invest in sofas that can be converted to sofas beds. This is a very useful idea if you have a studio unit and having a bed is out of the question. Your standard size sofas can also have sofa bed variants that fold out to standard bed sizes such as the single, double or queen size.
  • Try mix-matching your 1 seater with the rest of your set. Your living room set doesn’t necessarily need to have the same size and style. One seater sofas are usually accent pieces, so take a cue from that and try mixing and matching your pieces. You can use a base element in order to unify your look like a wood finish, similar fabric upholstery or a design element.
  • When it comes to accessorizing, you can use classic throw pillows to decorate your sofas. For one seat sofas, use a singular pillow; it could be a 20×20 pillow or a round or cylindrical pillow. For two seater sofas, use at least 1 to 2 pillows in an identical pattern. For three seater sofas, use 3 to 4 pillows, with one pillow being an accent pillow. This pillow can also be similar to the pillow being used in the one seater sofa.

To make it more inviting and cozy, you can add a throw on the sofa or a blanket and you can even place a complimenting carpet to unify your sofa set. The possibilities are endless. The only thing that should matter is how you feel when you have your perfect set.

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