• Tell Your Friends

After seeing my own penny-pinching parents trade in their hefty-sized home for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-the-living-room-sized apartment, it’s a given that many of us will be gearing up to live in tighter, more economical spaces at some point. Whether you’re moving into your first apartment, buying your first condo or retiring to a townhouse, you need my help. (If not, then congratulations to you and please send me a check for a third bedroom addition.)

Even after nearly 10 years working on home makeover shows, both behind-the-scenes and in front of the camera, I still break into a sweat every time I see a moving van or delivery truck pull up to a condo or apartment building and out comes a sofa. Why? No matter how much measuring is done beforehand, it’s almost guaranteed that a sofa will not make it into its intended room because of (a) tricky corners to turn, (b) way-too-tight hallways to pass through, or (c) rooms with sharp angles. Keeping in mind that most newer homes have 36 inch wide doorways is definitely a good rule of thumb to go by; however, it’s not the end all/be all for choosing a sofa sure to fit. ENTER the apartment sofa.

When I’m designing or decorating apartments or condos, I usually limit my sofa selection solely to those labeled “apartment size”. This often suggests a width between 68 and 72 inches versus the standard which is 84. Nine times out of ten, these will work. Their scale is more fit for smaller spaces, plus they are easier to lug up and down stairs. If you’ve never before heard of this magical sitting-pretty creation, allow me to introduce you to six superb apartment-sized sofas you can find online or through popular retail stores. And if there’s one thing Mr. Brian taught you about design, it’s to always measure doorway and hallway widths before shopping for sofas, right? Very good then.
Landon Macy
Available in two uber neutral tones, granite and ivory, the Landon from Macy’s has a streamlined, transitional look that can easily be jazzed up with punchy orange, green or blue accents. Its loose back cushions are excellent for turning the comfy sofa into an overnight spot for guests to snuggle up. But if you’re like me and prefer guests not to stay the night, especially if they snore, just keep the cushions on and tell them there is a Motel 6 up the road.
Baldwin Ballard
The rolled-arm, slipcovered Baldwin sofa from Ballard Designs is ideal for the most traditional apartment or condo dweller. Control freaks like me will especially enjoy that it can be made with custom fabrics; this simply involves mailing them the bolt. If you happen to be known for spilling cocktails as much as feelings, keep in mind that its slipcover will be your new best friend.
Crate And Barrel Vaughn
Crate and Barrel’s Vaughn Apartment Sofa is my personal favorite. Its sleek, modern lines fit perfectly into minimally-decorated spaces. Available in neutral brown and grey tones, the Vaughn is an excellent choice for masculine spaces. So ladies, if your boyfriend opts for the Vaughn, you have creative license to pull out your girl card and pair it with hot pink Jackie O. pop art.
West Elm
The Elton settee from West Elm is the perfect choice for girly spaces due to its tufted upholstery and dainty frame. Its diminutive stature at only 60 inches wide makes it certain to fit into just about any living room. Those interested in making it a little less of a girl thing will love the slate blue tone of the Marled Microfiber option.

Ceilo CB2
A designer trick for making living rooms seem a bit larger is to stick with armless sofas whenever possible. The Cielo sofa from CB2 is armless, its brushed aluminum legs give it that modern CB2 touch and its back and seat cushions are reversible. What’s not to like?

Klobo Ikea

The Klobo Loveseat from IKEA is the smallest apartment-sized sofa out there at only 57.5 inches wide. It’s also the most affordable at only $179.

Anyone else find any great condo or apartment-sized furniture that makes moving easy breezy?

Tell me about it in the comments below.

55 Responses

  1. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.
    I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous
    blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!

  2. I am now not positive where you are getting your info, however great topic.
    I must spend a while learning much more or working out more.
    Thanks for excellent info I used to be in search of this information for my mission.

  3. Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say is valuable and all.
    But think about if you added some great visuals or videos to give your posts more,
    “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and
    videos, this website could certainly be one of the greatest in its
    field. Fantastic blog!

  4. That is certainly very fascinating, You will be a very specialized writer. I’ve registered your rss feed and sit up pertaining to trying to find excess of your respective superb submit. Likewise, I’ve distributed your internet site during my web sites

  5. It’s not my first time to go to see this site, i am browsing this site dailly
    and get pleasant information from here all the time.

  6. What’s up, I would like to subscribe for this website to obtain most recent updates, thus where can i do it please assist.

  7. sapa2008.org says:

    Chwilówka owe bardzo modny wyrób kredytowy. Nie powinno
    naszej firmy owo zdumiewać. Za jej wsparciem można jednakże utrzymywać się
    szybką kredyt w momencie, gdy ta jest nam w największym stopniu korzystna.
    Pisząc o chwilówkach, powinno się jednakże wprowadzić pierwsze odcień pojęciowe.
    Chwilówka w potocznym skalkulowaniu owo wierzytelność krótkoterminowa udzielana na mocy instytucję pozabankową.
    Istnieje kobieta pewnego sposobu ekwiwalentem pożyczki krótkoterminowej.
    Rozliczni ją atoli droga zabezpieczenia, wymagania związane spośród jej przyznaniem, a także cenę, jakie
    istnieją na ogół dużo zdrowsze aniżeli w kredytach uzyskiwanych
    w bazie. W drugim sensie w charakterze chwilówkę wolno
    potraktować kredyt na miesiąc. W tej okolicy następny widnieć mają prawo kontroferty pochodzące z jednostki bankowych czyż SKOK-ów, które
    plus podlegają nadzorowi KNF.

    Here is my website: www (sapa2008.org)

  8. Hefgreago says:

    Good evening! forward: – Free 5 Latium = Bitcoin LATIUM SPECIFICATIONS – Latium is based on Proof Of Stake instead of Proof of Work See you later!

  9. www.bilan.ch says:

    What’s up every one, here every person is sharing such
    know-how, so it’s good to read this blog, and I used to pay a quick visit this blog
    every day.

  10. Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also am a blogger,
    and I was curious about your situation; many of us
    have created some nice practices and we are
    looking to swap methods with other folks, please shoot me an e-mail if interested.

Leave a Reply

Latest Pins on Pinterest

  • Make an All-White Room Feel Warm + Inviting

  • The highlight of this bathroom are the two antique Moroccan

  • The rattan furniture in this neutral dining room instantly

  • Careful and considerate modifications were gently made to