How to Choose Between a 2 or 3 Seater Sofa

When you’re in the market for a new sofa, there are usually a whole host of specifics that you will need to take into consideration; but mainly, it will be the size. The size of your sofa will depend on two things; the number of people in your family and the size of the space you have to put it in. Our most popular sofas sizes are the 2 seater sofas and 3 seater sofas. Sometimes it can be challenging to choose between the two, so here’s a guide to the subtle differences when choosing between a 2 or 3 seater sofa.

At Arlo & Jacob, one of the most-asked questions in our showrooms is should I buy a 2 or 3 seater sofa? For ease, a loose rule to follow is that our 2 seater sofas are generally our medium sofa size, and our 3 seater sofas are our large sofa size. While not a total rule of thumb, this will be useful to bear in mind when you begin your sofa research and comparisons.

Ferdinand compact sofa

There are various seat cushion types to think about when making your comparisons between the two sizes. When it comes to seat cushions, we have single seat cushions or one large bench-style seat cushion that runs from one end of the sofa to the other. On a 2 seater sofa with individual seat cushions, there are usually two; whereas on a 3 seater sofa, there are often three individual seat cushions. The type of seat cushion will affect the sit and feel of the sofa. Individual seat cushions respond directly to the person sitting on them and will feel more like the filling is cupping the person. In bench-style seat cushions, the sofa may dip slightly more towards the centre when more than one person is sitting on the sofa; single bench styles are particularly good for families who like to sit together on the sofa and be close. Individual cushions are perhaps a better choice for people who like to maintain a little of their own space when sharing a sofa with others. It’s also worth noting that sofas with individual seat cushions will be a touch more supportive in comparison to a large squishy bench cushion.

philo medium grey sofa
Dixon large raspberry sofa

Here are some of our favourite 3 seater sofas

Henry Large Sofa

Bertie Large Chaise Sofa

Crawford Large Sofa

Dixon Large Sofa

Crawford pink velvet sofa

Remember, both 2 seater sofas, and 3 seater sofas come in chaise and corner styles, so you still have plenty of options when it comes to the size and unique shape of your living room. For a cosy feel to your living room, we love a corner sofa that fits snuggly into the L-shape of the room and will be the perfect spot for family movie marathons. Alternatively, if you have quite a long living room, we think a chaise sofa is ideal for dividing the space into zones; for instance, a grown-up TV area and a play area for little ones.

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