Asked on Sep 11, 2015

Need ideas for a one armed sofa

Debbie Moore
by Debbie Moore
Hi! I just got a great deal on this sofa for my daughter's tiny 250 sq. ft. grad school apartment. Problem is, it has one arm. We think it will work, but if it looks ridiculous... You guys are so creative out here, what would you suggest we do to balance the sofa? Thanks!
The first two are the bargain. It appears to be the small portion of a slip covered sectional. Everything is top notch, down filled and so comfy. At $100, I thought it was worth an experiment.
This is the actual loveseat from pottery barn's website. The price is between $1100-3100.
  12 answers
  • Carole Carole on Sep 13, 2015
    Put a little side table at the end that has no arm. Just big enough to hold a cuppa. If you pick the right sort of table it will balance the look.
  • Grace Gleason Grace Gleason on Sep 13, 2015
    Carole is right about the side table. Or, if you are feeling feisty, build a small box, pad it, and cover it with similar fabric, and attach it to the sofa. That's how sofas are built - as boxes joined together. It depends on how much time & money you want to put in it.
  • Debbie Moore Debbie Moore on Sep 13, 2015
    Thank you! Oddly enough, her HVAC unit tucks into the side like we intended it to happen! AND when I brought it to her, even our hotel room had a one armed sofa, (with a small side table to set the cuppa 😉). It is perfect!
  • Lori Rivero Lori Rivero on Sep 14, 2015
    A tall ikea book shelf would be nice too.
  • Connie Phillips Connie Phillips on Sep 14, 2015
    I see you have your answer but I was thinking you could also butt it up to a mirrored wall and that would balance it visually.
  • Colorado Colorado on Sep 14, 2015
    Maybe a Rolling/Slide table and she can use her laptop on it. I think Ikea has them or Target online...........great find
    • Debbie Moore Debbie Moore on Sep 21, 2015
      Thanks Colorado! She actually uses one from Urban Outfitters and doubles it as a desk!
  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Sep 17, 2015
    I'm very late in finding this question, but 2 ideas come to mind-put the lonely arm up against the wall or put a pretty table or chest ( I picture a Chinese- looking chest) against the arm.
  • Debbie Moore Debbie Moore on Sep 17, 2015
    She absolutely loves the couch! It works perfectly in her tiny apartment! She leaned a couple pillows against her air unit. Her and her friends don't even miss the arm! So many thanks for the suggestions!
  • Tamera Tamera on Sep 18, 2015
    If she wants to try something different in the future...She could reposition it and the pillows to make it look likea chaise lounge.
  • Grace Gleason Grace Gleason on Sep 19, 2015
    Tiny is right! Glad she's safe, and likes the couch.
    • Debbie Moore Debbie Moore on Sep 21, 2015
      Thanks Grace! You're sweet to comment! You should see the kitchen... Two whole burners and no dishwasher! 😉 a real dollhouse
  • Lorraine Lorraine on Sep 20, 2015
    Well she could stack all herSchool books next to it and put a lamp on top. Or am I behind the times and they don't use books?
  • Sheila Ryan Sheila Ryan on Sep 22, 2015
    What about finding old suitcases to use as a small table with legs next to it? Or as suggested before with big books, add legs after strapping the, together with leather belts. The holes will have to be drilled into the large books.