Standard Sofa Dimensions & Sizes (with Drawings)
When furnishing a living room, one of the first pieces of furniture people often consider is a couch. With styles ranging from loveseats to sofa beds, the combinations and comfort levels are endless. It all comes down to what your needs are, your design goals, and which sofa dimensions work best in your space.
Standard couch dimensions can vary depending on style and type, but the average is 70” to 96” long, 30″ to 40″ wide, and 30″ to 42″ tall. Loveseats (two-seat) are typically 52” deep, 33” tall, and three-seat sofas are 84” wide, 40” deep, and 33” tall. Sleeper sofas vary by mattress, for example, a queen measures 92” wide, 40” deep, and 39” tall.
It is easy to see a couch, or a set of pieces, on a showroom floor and assume it will fit in your living room. This may not be the case, and risk cramping the space or having something too small to fit everyone comfortably. Or maybe the new couch fits your living room, but not through the doors moving it inside.
What Are Standard Sofa Dimensions?
What are the dimensions of standard couches and different types of sofas? Couch dimensions vary depending on the style, brand, and number of seats. However, the average measurement for a standard couch is 70” to 96” long.
When measuring the dimensions of a couch, measure the depth and height of the whole sofa and cushions. Write these numbers down, as it will make it easier to measure the space the couch will go.
Sofa Dimensions: Depth And Height
The depth (front to back) of a standard sofa is 35”, but can range from 32” – 40”. The height of a couch is measured by the distance from the floor to the top of the back. Average couch heights are between 26” – 36”.
Sofa Dimensions: Seat Depth And Height
Seat dimensions are important when picking out a couch because those who are taller will want a higher couch. However, those on the shorter side could find their legs dangling off the edge. The rule is that the deeper the seat depth, the lower the seat height needs to be.
To determine the seat depth, the measurement starts at the front edge of the seat to the seat’s back edge. For a standard couch, the seat depth is 20” – 25”, but the depth measures between 28” – 35” for deep-seated sofas. Typically, if a seat depth is smaller than 20”- 25”, then it is considered more of a formal style of sofa.
Seat height is the distance from the floor to the top of the cushion; this ranges from 15” to 20”. The right seat height depends on you and your comfort preferences and needs.
Loveseats are great additions to your living room set, especially if you want to add more guest seating. Once viewed as a sign of luxury, they are now a fantastic space-saving seating option. Loveseats are on the smaller size of sofas since they are designed to seat two people comfortably.
A loveseat measurement can range from 48” to 70” long but usually measures between 52” to 66” long. There is not a standard loveseat length, which is why most loveseats measure somewhere in that 52” to 66” range.
Sleeper Sofa Dimensions
Sleeper sofas, or sofa beds, are couches that instantly turn into beds and are great space-saving options. Especially for those in one bedroom or studio apartments. Modern sleeper sofas are more comfortable and mimic the styles of most traditional sofas.
The measurements of sleeper sofas vary by mattress size. These include cot, twin, queen, and king. When choosing a sofa bed, it is vital to account for its size when you pull out the mattress. Otherwise, the space can become cramped and difficult to get on and off when unfolding into a bed.
Dimensions Of Different Types Of Sleeper Sofas
Sofa beds vary by couch style and mattress size. The types of sleeper sofas range from ottoman to sectional sofas. Below, we will focus on cots, twins, queen, and king sleeper sofa dimensions.
- Cots/Sleeper Chairs —These sleeper chairs are the smallest of the sofa bed varieties and are designed for one person. The chair itself measures approximately 49” to 65” in length, and the mattress is between 30” to 34” wide.
- Twin Sleeper Sofa — Perfect for small homes and apartments, twin sleepers are excellent options for those lacking space for guests. Twin sleeper sofas are loveseats measuring from 50” to 68” long, with the one-person mattress measuring 36” to 39” wide.
- Queen Sleeper Sofa — Queen-size sleepers will sleep two people and can be loveseats or three-seaters. The measurements range from 75” to 96”, and the mattress width is between 58” and 62”.
- King Sleeper Sofa — The biggest style of sleeping beds, and possibly the most luxurious looking, are king-sized sleeper sofas. The king sleeper sofas are 84″ to 92″ long, and the accompanying mattress ranges from 74″ to 76″ wide.
Standard Three-Seat Sofa Dimensions
The most popular style and common type of sofa is the three-seater. Couches with three seats or more are excellent for large families or those who want adequate seating for their guests. A three-seat couch also provides defined seating areas.
While it varies, the dimensions of a three-seat sofa are 72” to 96” in length, but 84” is the average. Three-set couches usually measure 38” deep and 34” tall as well. The cushions can measure from 23” to 24” wide, versus the wider cushions of loveseats.
How Do You Measure A Room For A Couch?
Once you have the dimensions of the couch you’ve picked, now measure the room. This will ensure that all the calculations add up and you have the perfect spot for your couch. Here are some easy steps to measure a room for a new sofa.
Also, note, if you are buying a sleeper sofa, account for the measurements when the bed is pulled out. You not only need space for the pulled-out bed, but clearance around it to move easily.
Ideally, there should be space on either side for people to access the bed. Plus, leave some room at the foot of the bed for people to walk by without tripping. At a minimum, leave 30 inches of space around the bed when it is pulled out.
Measure The Area
You are going to start by measuring the length and width of the room and how high the ceilings are. This doesn’t need precise measurements; if the ceiling is high, couches with high backs will complement the space. Straight high back couches are great for those who may suffer from back issues.
You also need to measure any doorways and halls you’ll move the couch through. This step will save you and your moving buddies any unnecessary stress when it becomes time to move the sofa.
Tape Out The Rough Sofa Dimensions
Now to pick the spot where the new couch will go. There needs to be 30” of clearance in front of the sofa to walk through easily. If there is, or will be, a coffee table, there needs to be 12” – 18” of space between the pieces.
Using painter’s tape(also called masking tape), tape off a rectangle roughly the size of the couch. Precision is not necessary; this step gives you an idea of how the sofa will fit in the space. This taped-out shape will also give you a visual of how the couch will fit with any other pieces of furniture.
Measure The Taped Space
Measure the width and length of the taped rectangle and use these as your maximum measurements for the couch. Look for couches that either closely fit the dimensions or are smaller. Sofa height, seat width, and depth are entirely up to you since these measurements are more about comfort than spacing.
Be sure to write all the measurements down as you go to help you keep track and plan. This will be your reference when it is time to pick out a couch.
How To Measure A Couch For A Cover
Whether you have pets or want a change without buying new furniture, couch covers are a great option.
Step One: Measure The Sofa’s Length And Width
To measure for a couch cover, you need the length and width of the sofa and the cushions. To get the couch’s length, start from the outside of one arm to the outside of the other arm.
For the width, start at the front outside edge of one arm, to the back corner, and around the backside.
Step Two: Measure The Sofa’s Height
Be sure to measure the sofa’s full height, from the floor to the top back edge. If the sofa back has a unique shape measure to the highest point. Also, pay attention to different types of sofa covers. Some are specifically for particular types of sofa, like camelback or straight back, etc.
Step Three: Measure The Couch Cushions
To measure the width of the cushions, start at the front of the sofa under the arms. Then measure the cushion length, front to back. This measurement will ensure a better fit, especially if the cover doesn’t have stretchy material.
A sofa makes a big statement in a room since it’s often the largest piece of furniture. The average dimensions for a couch are 70 to 96 inches in length, 30 to 40 inches wide, and 30 to 42 inches tall. Depending on your living situation and available space you can opt for a smaller loveseat or choose a sleeper sofa. It’s a good idea to map out the area your sofa will take up in your room before you make your final purchase.
Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent's former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.
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