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How to Choose an Office Sofa for a Small Space

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Ed Hawes
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With the majority of people currently working from home, and many companies looking to adopt a hybrid working model post COVID, creating a comfortable and functional home office space is likely high on your to-do lists.

If you’re looking for a sofa for the office to have a comfortable place to work...or take a quick, refreshing afternoon nap, we’ve got you covered with top tips and things to consider when choosing a functional office sofa for a small space.

Think About the Shape and Size of your Room

Office sofa for small spaces

First and foremost, before buying any piece of furniture for your home office, you’ll need to think about the size of the room and the available space as this will determine the type of sofa you can get. Depending on the size and shape of the room you could opt for a corner sofa, two-seater sofa, sofa bed or if the room just isn't big enough then an armchair is always a stylish and practical choice. Start measuring the space you’d ideally want to put the sofa in and gathering ideas, Pinterest is a great place to start, of the different types and styles of sofas.

Creating an Illusion of Space

Velvet office sofa

Many may think that including a sofa in a small office space could make the room look cluttered. But, by selecting the right small sofa it can actually help to make the room look and feel bigger, creating an illusion of space. Light and simple designs such as our Model 01 and Model 02 sofas are raised off the floor by short legs, making it much easier to clean and giving you an extra bit of storage space, so none of the available space is wasted.

Focus on Comfort

You’ll likely be spending many hours at a time in your home office. So, ensuring that the furniture, especially the sofa, is both durable and comfortable should be a top priority. We believe that velvet sofas or armchairs are always an excellent option as not only is it luxuriously soft and smooth but they’re also less prone to scratching, marking or pulling as they have no loose threads or raised weaves. Find out more about buying a velvet sofa.

Choose the Right Colour and Style

Office sofa style

A good home office design will help to lighten the mood, ease stress and increase productivity. You want to create a space that you enjoy working in, suits the industry you're in and reflects your personal style and taste too. For example, if you’re in a creative role, bolder colours such as yellow or orange will help to get those creative juices flowing. Or, if you’re in a role that requires a lot of analysing and brainpower, blue has a great calming effect that will help to clear your mind and focus on tasks.

We’d suggest not introducing too many colours as this could end up looking muddled or cause headaches. Modern, contemporary, sleek sofa designs, much like our Model 01 and Model 02 sofas, work perfectly in home offices as they offer clean lines and a professional appearance but can also be dressed up to inject your personality into the room too.

Flexibility and Functionality for Small Office Spaces

Chaise office sofa

If you’re working with a small space you’ll want to make sure that the sofa you choose is flexible and functional to really make the most of the room. Here are some of the best sofa types that offer customisable options and will work brilliantly in a smaller room:

Sofa bed

Choosing a sofa bed for your home office is a great choice as they are comfortable, convenient and available in a wide range of styles to suit your needs. From pull-out sofas and futons to daybeds and convertible sofas, you’re sure to find the right type of sofa bed to fit your space. Plus, it’ll also mean that when guests come over to stay, you can host without any hassle.


A chaise sofa is essentially a sofa with a long seat to support the legs, offering an ultra level of comfort. Our Model 03 Chaise sofas are perfect for optimising your space as they are fully flexible with the option to configure them to be the exact size you need and are available in right or left-hand sides.

Modular and sectional

If you can’t find a sofa that will perfectly fit your specific dimensions, try looking at modular and sectional sofas which allow you to combine multiple modules to create your ideal sofa. Our clever modular sofas are comfortable, versatile and easy to move, so you can have a play and figure out where it will fit best in your home office space.

If you need more help and advice, take a look at our guide to buying a sofa for small spaces.

Ready to start shopping for your new contemporary, space-saving sofa for the home office? Explore our full range of sofas for small spaces.

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