TREND | BUILT IN SOFAS

Design Trend Built-in Sofa

When it comes to furnishing a new living room, or redesigning your existing one, one of the most important pieces you will bring in is your new sofa.

The reality is there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to sofas. Finding the right balance of style (modular, 2-piece, 3-piece, chesterfield, L-shape), fabric, dimensions – and lounge-ability is no small feat. Many designers take the custom route, tweaking all these elements to fit their particular client’s need.

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The new trend when it comes to finding the “perfect’ sofa to suit your living space is a built-in sofa. Not only is the piece totally integrated into the room for a seamless look, but you get to choose exactly how you want to sit. This if course depends on how you want to use the sofa – is it all day? just for the kids? for guests?

Since the built-in sofa is designed to fit the space, it can also have multiple functions, such as providing  additional storage, which is ideal in smaller spaces.

Many designers love built-in units because of the permanence, which basically means without removing the item completely, the client can do little to change the original design.

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Understandably, clients are often more sceptical about being tied to a built-in sofa. They are often concerned about being restricted to the placement of the unit in a room.

Over here at The Home Studio we are HUGE fans of the built-in sofa. It creates a curated and purposeful look in a room,  it frees up valuable floor space and bonus points, it is often a more cost effective solution to a free-standing sofa.

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Pros

– Built to Last: More often than not, built-in furniture is extra durable and should withstand the test of time. Since these don’t get moved around a lot, it suffers little damage because of mishandling.

– Space Saving: A built-in sofa is designed specifically for your home’s layout. They are even more relative when space is reserved or has irregular proportions.

– Unique Piece: If you are after a unique piece, built-in furniture is a better choice for you.

– Matches Your Interiors: If you want your furniture to match the rest of your home, then built-in is the way for you. You can custom these pieces to be in the same colour and style as the rest of your living area.

Cons

– Future Changes Can Be Challenging: If you are not 100 percent sure you are going to love your built-in sofa in the future, then don’t do it. You can’t simply move a built-in to another room or rearrange your living space on a whim.

– You Have To Leave It When You Move: You can’t resell it or take it along with you when you move.

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Fake It

If you love the look of built-in sofas but rent or live in a space where adding them isn’t feasible, you can still achieve the look. We’ve seen many ways to fake a built-in sofa, simply using a combination of a wood, paint and lots of cushions. Your key goal is to consider scale and colour. Painting the base of built-in sofa the same colour as the room around it will make it feel like an architectural detail rather than an add on.

However you choose to create your built-in sofa, we recommend going with deep seats making the unit perfect for stretching out and relaxing with family and friends.

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