A sofa in the kitchen can be a good solu­tion if you choose the right mod­el for which there will be enough space in this func­tion­al room. Kitchen spaces today come in a wide vari­ety of sizes and con­fig­u­ra­tions. The range of sofas is also char­ac­ter­ized by a high vari­ety. This allows you to choose a good option for lit­er­al­ly any kitchen, if it is not too small to accom­mo­date addi­tion­al fur­ni­ture.

The own­ers of an apart­ment or house must first of all decide for what pur­pose a sofa is installed in a kitchen set­ting. Is it need­ed only to increase the com­fort of fam­i­ly mem­bers dur­ing meals, or is this piece of fur­ni­ture con­sid­ered as an extra bed that will be used on a per­ma­nent or occa­sion­al basis. Depend­ing on this and a num­ber of oth­er fac­tors, the appro­pri­ate sofa design is select­ed.sofa in the kitchen

Which sofa to install in the kitchen

Depend­ing on the specifics of the kitchen room, one or anoth­er mod­el can be used in it. For exam­ple, in a spa­cious kitchen-stu­dio, the kitchen sofa can be a clas­sic large ver­sion, placed in the cen­ter of the inte­ri­or space or against a long blank wall. In a small or medi­um kitchen, installing a large piece of uphol­stered fur­ni­ture will not work. There­fore, small mod­els of a straight or angu­lar type are select­ed here, allow­ing you to enrich the space near the din­ing table with an addi­tion­al seat.

Hav­ing firm­ly decid­ed to equip the kitchen with uphol­stered fur­ni­ture, the own­ers must take into account many fac­tors when choos­ing the right sofa. The aes­thet­ic char­ac­ter­is­tics of the sofa here should be com­bined not only with the style of the kitchen, but also with the func­tion­al char­ac­ter­is­tics of the room. The kitchen envi­ron­ment should be prac­ti­cal, com­fort­able, spa­cious enough for cook­ing. In addi­tion, pieces of fur­ni­ture should not inter­fere with the move­ment of peo­ple in the kitchen, the trans­fer of nec­es­sary uten­sils or prod­ucts.

Equip­ping the din­ing area of ​​the kitchen, one should not for­get about its prac­ti­cal pur­pose. There­fore, the sofa in the area for rest and eat­ing should not lim­it the space where food is pre­pared, uten­sils and food are stored, dish­es are washed. In addi­tion, the sofa should be select­ed in such a way as to be com­bined with oth­er inte­ri­or items, not only in terms of exter­nal style, but also in terms of size and design para­me­ters.

How to choose

Tra­di­tion­al­ly, the choice of fur­ni­ture is based on the indi­vid­ual tastes of the own­ers of the apart­ment or on the advice of the design­er. How­ev­er, it is impor­tant to high­light some gen­er­al cri­te­ria that deter­mine the cor­rect­ness of the acqui­si­tion of fur­nish­ings for a par­tic­u­lar room. So, choos­ing the best option for a kitchen sofa, you need to con­sid­er the fol­low­ing points:

The size and con­fig­u­ra­tion of the struc­ture. Mod­ern sofas as com­fort­able uphol­stered fur­ni­ture have a vari­ety of sizes. The dimen­sions of the kitchen sofas are cho­sen so as to har­mo­nious­ly fit them both into the din­ing area and into the gen­er­al space of the room. It is nec­es­sary to first mea­sure the place that this piece of uphol­stered fur­ni­ture can take to the max­i­mum, and then con­sid­er suit­able mod­els, tak­ing into account oth­er para­me­ters.
Design, look, col­ors. If the seat­ing area includes a com­fort­able and aes­thet­ic sofa, it looks like a cen­tral inte­ri­or space in the kitchen. In appear­ance, uphol­stered fur­ni­ture here should be com­bined with oth­er objects, wall­pa­per, cur­tains. At the same time, you should not choose too light col­ors for the uphol­stery, because while eat­ing there is a high prob­a­bil­i­ty of drop­ping or spilling some­thing on the seat, stain­ing the sofa bad­ly.
Uphol­stery mate­r­i­al. Fur­ni­ture in the kitchen should be not only beau­ti­ful, but also prac­ti­cal. In the case of a sofa, the choice of uphol­stery plays a sig­nif­i­cant role. The mate­r­i­al must be non-stain­ing, wear-resis­tant, easy to clean and laun­der. If the own­ers pre­fer beau­ti­ful fab­ric uphol­stery, then it is advis­able to give pref­er­ence to jacquard, flock, tapes­try. But the most prac­ti­cal uphol­stery option when choos­ing soft sofas for kitchens is gen­uine leather, eco-leather, leatherette.
Func­tion­al char­ac­ter­is­tics of the design. The sofa can per­form not only the func­tion of a seat or a place to relax. If its design includes inter­nal hid­den draw­ers, then this is the best option for stor­age. Inside will accom­mo­date small house­hold appli­ances, food, kitchen uten­sils, house­hold items. If the size of the room allows you to lay out the sofa, then the lat­ter will become a com­fort­able addi­tion­al place to sleep.

If you take into account these cri­te­ria, you will be able to choose a sofa that will become both a dec­o­ra­tion of the kitchen inte­ri­or and a prac­ti­cal, use­ful, func­tion­al thing. The range of kitchen sofas, pre­sent­ed today in fur­ni­ture stores, allows you to real­ize the dif­fer­ent needs and desires of the own­ers of the apart­ments.

Narrow sofa instead of chairs

A nar­row sofa in the kitchen is the best option for small or medi­um-sized rooms. Its design may include a box under the seat for stor­ing kitchen uten­sils and oth­er things. The advan­tages of such kitchen fur­ni­ture are:

  • in sav­ing space despite the fact that it is more con­ve­nient to sit on this piece of fur­ni­ture than on stools;
  • in the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sit along the table for three peo­ple where 2 chairs fit;
  • in improv­ing the aes­thet­ics of the sit­u­a­tion, if the col­or of the uphol­stery of the seat and back is well cho­sen;
  • in the prac­ti­cal­i­ty of using the inte­ri­or space of the sofa for stor­ing food and things.

In addi­tion, buy­ing a nar­row sofa is an eco­nom­i­cal option. Such fur­ni­ture is inex­pen­sive, while allow­ing you to improve the com­fort and func­tion­al use of lim­it­ed kitchen space.

direct model

Sofa for the kitchen straight can be of var­i­ous sizes and types. This cat­e­go­ry includes:

  • nar­row mod­els installed along the wall near the din­ing table;
  • bench sofas — they are also placed near the wall, on which a soft back-plank is fixed;
  • full-fledged soft mod­els that are placed in the mid­dle of the kitchen-stu­dio, delim­it­ing the spaces for relax­ation and cook­ing;
  • con­struc­tions on legs and with a flat bot­tom, with and with­out inter­nal draw­ers;
  • stan­dard non-fold­ing mod­els or with the func­tion of unfold­ing to increase the bed.

Straight sofas are often used in the inte­ri­or of kitchens for the rea­son that they are the best option in terms of space sav­ing.

If you need to choose a good option for a medi­um-sized kitchen, it is advis­able to give pref­er­ence to some kind of straight sofa.

corner sofa

For both small and large kitchen spaces, you can find suc­cess­ful mod­els of cor­ner sofas. In kitchens with a lim­it­ed size, fur­ni­ture mod­els made of lam­i­nat­ed chip­board with leatherette uphol­stery on the walls and backs have become pop­u­lar. This econ­o­my option is often found in stan­dard high-rise apart­ments. Such a cor­ner item becomes a spa­cious stor­age box, replac­ing 3–4 chairs at the same time.

If the kitchen is so large that it is pos­si­ble to orga­nize a full-fledged relax­ation area using uphol­stered fur­ni­ture, then it is advis­able to pur­chase a large cor­ner sofa here, which will be used dai­ly for after­noon com­mu­ni­ca­tion of fam­i­ly mem­bers. When guests come, such a com­fort­able cor­ner will be a great place for gath­er­ings. It is unde­sir­able to install a din­ing table near it. A cof­fee table would look bet­ter here.

Folding sofa — transformer

If the kitchen space allows and there is a need to orga­nize an extra bed in the apart­ment, it is advis­able to choose the appro­pri­ate option for a trans­form­ing, pull-out, fold­ing sofa. Here the most pop­u­lar and pop­u­lar mod­els are the fol­low­ing:

  • stan­dard “book” (suit­able for medi­um-sized kitchens and installed against one of the walls);
  • fold­ing sofa “relax” or “click-clack” (such mod­els are in demand for liv­ing rooms and liv­ing rooms, and in kitchens, the pres­ence of a spa­cious inner draw­er and over­all struc­tur­al strength are con­sid­ered their most impor­tant advan­tages);
  • “accor­dion” mod­els look com­pact and beau­ti­ful, but they fold for­ward and take up a lot of space (suit­able in cas­es where it is nec­es­sary to orga­nize a full-fledged dou­ble place in the kitchen);
  • “French fold­ing bed” (small sofas with beau­ti­ful backs are laid out, form­ing one sleep­ing place, and suc­cess­ful­ly fit into nar­row, lim­it­ed spaces along the walls);
  • mod­el “dol­phin” or “kan­ga­roo” (cor­ner kitchen sofa, from under the long part of which an addi­tion­al sunbed extends, form­ing a com­fort­able bed).

Thus, focus­ing on the need to cre­ate an addi­tion­al place in the kitchen for sleep­ing or relax­ing, you can choose a mod­el that match­es the size of the room.

Sofa bench

The most eco­nom­i­cal option is a sofa bench installed along the wall. Under the seat, a stor­age box is most often cre­at­ed here. The soft back in the form of a nar­row plank is stuffed on the wall. This solu­tion allows, on the one hand, to save space, and on the oth­er hand, to achieve an increase in seat­ing com­fort in com­par­i­son with stan­dard stools. In front of such a bench-box is a din­ing table.

Unusual solutions

To cre­ate an orig­i­nal inte­ri­or space of the kitchen, you can use non-stan­dard fur­ni­ture. For exam­ple, a built-in sofa in the kitchen can become not only a com­fort­able place to relax, but also a way of zon­ing. Such sofas are installed per­ma­nent­ly, and their backs are small par­ti­tions that sep­a­rate one inte­ri­or zone from anoth­er.

Anoth­er form of unusu­al kitchen sofas are semi­cir­cu­lar mod­els. Radius sofas for the kitchen look good in rooms where there are bay win­dows or oth­er curly artic­u­la­tions of walls, win­dows, par­ti­tions. Semi-cir­cu­lar mod­els can also be installed in stan­dard cor­ners, and in the space that aris­es behind them, you can cre­ate a stor­age box or place an aes­thet­ic floor lamp.

What materials are more practical

When choos­ing one or anoth­er mod­el and design of a sofa for use in the kitchen, we must not for­get that not all uphol­stered fur­ni­ture is suit­able for such a room in terms of prac­ti­cal­i­ty. Uphol­stery mate­r­i­al plays a spe­cial role here. For kitchen sofas are best suit­ed:

  • gen­uine leather (durable, wear-resis­tant, easy-care mate­r­i­al, which, how­ev­er, is expen­sive);
  • eco-leather or high-qual­i­ty leatherette (the best option for the kitchen in terms of qual­i­ty, prac­ti­cal­i­ty and price);
  • com­bined cot­ton-poly­ester uphol­stery fab­ric (the most prac­ti­cal option from fab­ric mate­ri­als);
  • flock, che­nille, jacquard (fab­rics are used for uphol­stery of sofas because of the com­bi­na­tion of beau­ty and strength, but it is quite dif­fi­cult to remove stains from them, which reduces their prac­ti­cal­i­ty).

The mate­r­i­al from which the frame of the sofa is cre­at­ed is also impor­tant. When using nat­ur­al wood, pref­er­ence should be giv­en to oak and beech (expen­sive options), birch or pine (bud­get mate­ri­als). If you buy a small sofa under the wall or in a cor­ner, then the con­struc­tion of lam­i­nat­ed chip­board will be opti­mal in terms of price and prac­ti­cal­i­ty.