How To Choose The Right Sofa
There are so many options when it comes to choosing a new sofa, and you need to consider many questions when first deciding which sofa is best for you. Where will the sofa be positioned? What will it mainly be used for? What material should your new sofa be made of?
We’ve compiled a sofa guide to ensure you’re aware of all things to consider when purchasing a new living room furniture piece.
What Do You Require From A Sofa?
When buying your new sofa, think about how you want to use it the most. If you like doing things like sitting and drinking coffee with friends and family, it’s better to get one with a high back.
If you’re more of a ‘sit on the couch and relax’ type of person, then you’ll probably want to go for a sofa with lots of space and soft cushions.
Many sofas also have functionality built-in where they can be converted into a bed, in which case this feature may be what’s needed for your household.
How Big Should Your Sofa Be?
A corner sofa, a 2-seater or 3-seater sofa or something completely different? That entirely depends on your needs. For example, if you need space for the entire family in your living room, a sofa with a chaise is perfect as there’s plenty of room to lie down and be comfortable.
A New Sofa For A Small Living Room
If you want a new sofa to fit in a small living room, look for 2-seater sofas with high legs. The tall table will create a lighter ambience and make it seem like less space.
For example, if you want a small seating area in your living room, consider going for lighter colours or a bright sofa. They will keep the area from feeling too enclosed and make the space seem larger.
What Material Should Your Sofa Be In
The billion-dollar question is often: “Should it be a fabric or a leather sofa?”. Below, we’ve compiled a number of advantages and disadvantages for sofas in fabric and leather.
Achieve A More Luxurious Style With A Leather Sofa
A leather sofa can provide a more luxurious look to your living room and not only that, they’re also practical & easier to maintain. One quick wipe with a damp cloth will remove most stains and spills from the sofa.
Many people like leather because it’s milder on the skin and doesn’t smell as much. However, leather can get cold in winter, as well as sticky in summer.
Go For A Fabric Sofa For Unique Design Options
Fabric sofas come in many different types of materials: plastics, synthetic fibres, and natural fibres. There are many colour combinations and designs available for fabric sofas, which makes them a versatile option for many homes.
You will find a wide range of sofa surfaces on the market with different degrees of comfort and maintenance. Sofa surfaces that have been treated with fabric protectors are durable but may be harder to clean than leather-topped sofas.
Where To Position A Sofa In A Living Room
The space, lighting, and layout of your room can be factors when deciding where to put the sofa. Direct sunlight fades sofas, so it’s best to avoid positioning your sofa in direct sunlight. This can also accompany other factors that cause fading like high humidity or scratches from people or pets.
Tip: Masking tape is a great way to measure your living room and see if there will be enough space for a new sofa. It offers more accurate results than eyeballing the measurements.
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