Many people dream of putting a beautiful small sofa in the kitchen, but those who want to enjoy food in a comfortable and cozy environment decide. However, most often a small sofa in the kitchen is a forced measure associated with the small size of the room or its difficult layout..
Features and Benefits
Just one piece of furniture – a small sofa – can transform a banal kitchen space into a luxurious dining room, a charming mini-living room and even a comfortable bedroom, where all the inhabitants of the house and guests will be pleased. A wide choice of configurations and designs of small kitchen sofas allows you to create the most ergonomic and practical interior.
Additional benefits of placing a small sofa in the kitchen:
- convenience and compactness of the dining area;
- functionality and practicality;
- aesthetics and comfort;
- large capacity (on seats and in boxes);
- variety of models, shapes and materials used;
- the ability to match the style of the room;
- reliability and durability even with daily use;
- ease of care and self-repair.
Modern kitchen mini-sofas come in various types and configurations: monolithic, folding or modular, straight, corner, semicircular, massive square or small narrow. Made as a small-sized transformer with a French folding bed, roll-out or folding bed structure, or as a sofa bed, or as an accordion sofa. Made without and with armrests, in the form of a bench or with backs, as well as equipped with semicircular niches, corner shelves or built-in drawers for storing supplies, kitchen utensils and textiles.
The most comfortable and practical are sliding sofas with a folding bed and soft springy upholstery made of artificial fabrics impregnated with Teflon. They can easily play the role of a comfortable seat, a full-fledged berth, and a spacious storage system for cooking utensils and homemade grocery products. In addition, they do not absorb odors, fumes and pollution, they are not afraid of high humidity in the kitchen area, they do not require special care and are easily repaired..
The most common mechanisms of modern transforming mini-sofas for the kitchen:
- click clack,
Judging by numerous reviews, the most acceptable and practical sofa folding mechanism is "Dolphin", when the berth, for the time being hidden under the seat, rolls out from under it without much effort, if necessary, and in the unfolded version it is as compact as possible. The mechanism is quite durable, reliable and convenient in operation "eurobook", in addition, the sofa equipped with it is almost always additionally equipped with a spacious box for linen.
Beautiful sofa back of the model "sedaflex" transforms like a regular folding bed, but the accordion sofa, although it has a reliable folding mechanism, requires a couple of extra square meters to accommodate its berth.
Small sofas for the kitchen are made from various materials – solid wood, MDF boards, metal and durable plastic. The seats and backs are made hard, soft or combined.
The strongest, most reliable and durable, but at the same time the most expensive and requiring special care – a solid wood kitchen sofa with a leather seat and back. Its upholstery made of leatherette or stretched over the backs and seats of eco-leather will cost much less, but they are unlikely to be able to serve for several decades without losing their appearance and without restoration..
If fabric upholstery is chosen for a small kitchen sofa, then its quality will determine whether it becomes a favorite piece of furniture or a grand disappointment for the whole family..
Traditional classic sofa upholstery made from natural tapestry, jacquard, velor, woolen, linen and cotton fabrics are beautiful, but not very practical – they instantly absorb kitchen odors, grease and soot, are unable to withstand spilled liquids and high humidity, quickly wipe off and tear easily.
But modern upholstery artificial fabrics are devoid of all these shortcomings – a pleasant soft and hypoallergenic chenille, or a flock with a resistant Teflon coating, nicknamed "anti-claw", or microfiber, impregnated with special solutions, giving it resistance to dirt and penetration of moisture and unwanted odors, or a motley colorful and extra strong polyester blended fabric. However, the surest solution for fabric upholstery in the kitchen is to use removable covers that can be easily washed and replaced without violating the integrity of the sofa structure..
It is worth noting that artificial suede and leather are no less good as upholstery materials, which, in addition to all the properties listed above, have the ability to convey on their surface a variety of fashionable textures, textures and color design solutions.
However, when choosing soft sofas for the kitchen, you should pay special attention to the filler for their upholstery. For greater practicality, hypoallergenicity and better retention of a given shape, it is most often made of artificial materials – holofiber or polyurethane foam.
The color solutions of the kitchen sofa groups are also varied, as are the options for their designs and upholstery materials. Surprisingly, even a small white sofa can take root in the kitchen. And not only if it is made of wood or metal and is simply painted white, but also when it is upholstered with modern smooth, textured or even fluffy trendy materials that perfectly repel dirt and moisture and are not at all afraid of soot, greasy splashes, chemical and abrasive cleaning agents and temperature extremes common to all kitchen areas.
However, the selection of a sofa for the kitchen requires caution when choosing its color embodiment. Since installed even in the most spacious and luminous dining area, it will certainly attract attention, and placed in a small kitchenette, it will certainly become its main accent, and therefore should be in harmony with the general style and other furnishings as much as possible. And here there is a little design secret – the upholstery of an ideal sofa for a tiny kitchen is best made in pastel colors and natural natural shades of matte colors (neutral gray, cold beige, warm brown, creamy "coffee with milk").
For a small kitchen area in black and white, you can pick up both a black and a white sofa, and for a spacious and well-lit one – with bright upholstery in a juicy contrasting color (red, green, purple, blue, yellow, etc.), but in this case, its saturation will need to be supported by additional accents of the same color (in kitchen accessories, inventory or table textiles).
For a classic kitchen, a rounded sofa with a plain beige upholstery or, on the contrary, with a printed in pastel colors and with a floral print, cheerful polka dots or a square is suitable..
In the kitchen in style "provence" or country, a compact sofa with openwork wrought iron or carved wood details will look good.
Kitchen in style "modern" will gladly accept a strict small sofa with an upholstery made of natural or artificial leather of an active color and a carriage tie in the form of decor.
On the minimalistic kitchen area, a rectangular laconic sofa of classic pastel or fashionable variegated colors will happily take root.
A Scandinavian or Mediterranean style kitchen requires a white, gray or unbleached linen fabric upholstery for a small sofa.
Fancy kitchen area "baroque" make friends with a compact sofa with a coach-tie on velor or leather upholstery with natural shades or bright extravagant prints.
The kitchen, decorated in a sophisticated art deco style, will be decorated with a small sofa without handrails with a high back and a curved seat covered with bright luxurious velor.
How to choose
The selection of even a very small sofa group for an apartment should start with a clear measurement of the kitchen and the dining area itself. Then it is important to think over exactly what dimensions and shape of the new furniture are optimal for this room, as well as carefully calculate the ergonomics of the vending model and the possibility of unhindered use of all its additional functions..
Usually the smallest kitchen sofas are made in sizes that can fit into the space of even the smallest kitchen.. But still, when choosing such a sofa, you should definitely consider:
- reliability and strength of the structure;
- practicality of upholstery;
- the device and shape of the seat, back and side parts;
- equipping with a berth, shelves, boxes and their capacity;
- the possibility and ease of transformation of seats, backs, armrests and built-in parts;
- dimensions in assembled and disassembled form;
- the success and ergonomics of using zoning;
- matching the shape, material and color of the sofa to the kitchen design.
When buying a small convertible sofa for the kitchen, pay attention to whether its folding mechanism is equipped with spring closers, the presence of which often indicates a high class and excellent quality of the selected model. When choosing a sofa with a roll-out berth, check the reliability of the rollers of the guide profiles and the strength of all fasteners.
To select a dining group in a small kitchenette, you should take a closer look at modular sofas – their individual elements, which can be combined, moved, disconnected, pulled out, hidden or interchanged at your discretion, allow you to independently change the shape, size and configuration of such models, significantly modernizing and significantly optimizing the usually small space of the kitchen area.
How to match to the dining table
A cozy dining area does not make sense without a comfortable table and a sofa that matches it in shape and size. By the way, it is quite capable of replacing all the attached stools and chairs, or supplementing them with an increase in the number of the company and the availability of free space..
A square or rectangular table goes well with small sofas of almost any shape, but it is especially good with straight or angular ones..
A round or oval table is more matched by a semicircular sofa or decorated with an angle.
And designer tables of irregular shape require the same irregular sofas, which are usually made to order, are often expensive and are a highlight of the kitchen interior..
Regardless of the chosen shape and materials of the frame and upholstery of a small sofa for the kitchen, in any case, at least minimal maintenance is required for it:
- you should not install a sofa, especially a soft one, next to a stove, heating radiators and in open access to sunlight – this is necessary both according to fire safety rules and for better preservation of non-metallic structural parts;
- even with a moisture-resistant upholstery, you should not constantly pour water over it and fill it with soup or juice – some stains may not be removed;
- internal parts accessible for cleaning should be regularly cleaned with a vacuum cleaner or steam generator;
- external parts and upholstery can only be cleaned with specially designed products, in no case containing bleach, for the application and removal of which you should use a rag, foam sponge or a very soft brush;
- if it is necessary to apply a stain remover, then it is better to apply it first to a cloth, and only then to the sofa upholstery;
- removable covers are easier and better washed in dry cleaning;
- sofa upholstery made of genuine leather can be preserved in its original form for a longer time in a room with moderate humidity and with the help of systematic fatliquoring of the leather covering;
- thorough inspection, regular cleaning, systematic lubrication of the parts of the folding sofa-bed mechanism and the corresponding load instructions will help to keep it in working order all the time of operation.
How to do it yourself
To make a small kitchen sofa yourself, you will need:
- plywood sheets measuring 130 cm x 120 cm;
- wooden slats up to 1 meter long;
- a roll of artificial leather to cover the seat, back and side bolsters;
- foam rubber as a filler for upholstery;
- metal corners for fastening parts;
- buttons and coarse threads for making a carriage tie;
- sharp jigsaw;
- construction gun and corresponding staples;
- a drill with a drill, bolts to its size and suitable nuts;
- round soft file for wood.
First, you need to cut out two identical side parts of the sofa from plywood, drill holes in them for bolts, cover with a piece of foam rubber and leatherette on top, attaching them on the inside with staples from a construction gun.
Then you should assemble a frame from the slats (structurally uniting the lower niches and the back), strengthen all its joints with metal corners and screw the high plywood back of the future sofa to the two rear longitudinal slats.
The next step is sequential tightening of the front plywood part with foam rubber and leatherette, bolting it to the rails of the front box and attaching the front panel and sidewalls to the frame using the same bolts and nuts.
Then, to make a carriage tie on the front of the sofa backrest, this part is marked, holes for buttons in plywood are drilled along it and burned out in foam rubber. The buttons used for the tie are trimmed with leather, attached to the upholstery with coarse threads and secured on the back with staples. The seat tie should also be issued..
Then all the parts are thoroughly and firmly assembled on the frame, and stable legs are screwed from below (ready-made or from rack scraps). Such an elegant sofa will fit comfortably in any dining area and will decorate the kitchen interior..
Interesting solutions in the interior design of the kitchen with the participation of a small sofa suggest not only its special design with functional drawers and shelves, but also an ergonomic addition with a bar counter with a compartment for storing wine, and stylish designer decorations for armrests and backrest bends, as well as thoughtful arrangement of its folding and retractable elements.