If you’ve ever been into a furniture store you’ll know how daunting it can be.
From pushy sales associates to coming to terms with the sheer magnitude of your options, there is so much to think about when buying a sofa.
There are four steps to picking the perfect sofa…
Before you fall in love with a sofa that has no way of fitting into your living space, you need to measure up and find out the maximum and minimum size you can live with.
If it’s too big, you’ll risk making your living room look small and cramped, if it’s too small you’ll struggle for space and your new sofa may look lost in the room.
You need to consider how much space you want your living room to fill if you’re looking for a single sofa, a twin set, or an accompanying chair.
As with colour and size, there are a whole range of shapes to choose from.
If you want a sofa that is going to be the center point of the room, you need to go for a rounder shape, which is inviting. This will naturally be bigger and offer more space for yourself and guests.
If you’ve got a smaller living room, you may want to simply to go for a smaller L-shape or even a straight-back couch will easily slot into place..
Before you commit to buying a sofa you need to fully consider the materials which will upholster the sofa. Now, the look of your sofa is very important but you also have to think about practicality and functionality. Maintaining the sofa is a big hassle, and cleaning upholstery is an especially complicated job. You could learn more here about how professionals clean suede and leather sofas in order to decide whether you want one or not.
We all love the feeling of soft suede but is that really practical? If you live in a warm environment and have children or even pets which could do serious damage, you need to think about what materials will be practical for your life.
Leather is a fantastic material as one it’s always in fashion and two just seems to get better with age (if you can avoid ripping it). I’d say if you can afford to get it cleaned regularly from a service like the one above, then go for it.
Bright or neutral, that is the question.
It’s important you choose a colour and tone which fits in with the rest of your home and compliments the room it will grow old it.
You want a sofa which you can take with you when you move, that you can pass down to family members should you need to and one which doesn’t go out of fashion.
Don’t be afraid to pick a colourful couch for fear of it looking out of place, though, you know your home well and sometimes a little colour or pattern can really brighten a room and transform it.
If you don’t want to experiament with a colourful sofa, then why not accessorise with a fun or bold set of cushions, throw or even coffee table. These items are less permantent and you can change them with the season so you living room is always looking fabulous and in style.
One you figure these four steps out, you’ll be walking into the furniture shop with utter confidence knowing exactly what your living room needs. It never hurts to have a look online either, get a feel for the style you like and head on into the store with a vision for your new living room.