Happiness is a comfortable sofa. We think that everyone can agree that the right sofa is one of those things that can transform your house into a home. Whether you’re unwinding on it after a long day or entertaining guests over a long weekend, a sofa is the most used item of furniture. It has a long life, but also finds itself being transported from one house to the next. Be sure to read these simple tips to make your sofa purchase one that you will admire and stick with for a long time to come.
1. Sizing it up
The first step to buying your sofa is to determine the size that will be right for your space—whether it’s the living room, family room or drawing room. Check the measurements of your room and, in particular, the length of the wall against which you wish to place the sofa. The best way to do this is to mark the area in room where you would like the sofa to be placed and then to see how all the other furniture fits. Ensure there is enough room to move around the room after placing the sofa. Once you’ve got the dimensions down pat, half your job is done!
2. Get the right fabric
Keep in mind the use of your sofa before selecting the fabric; after all, selecting the right fabric is almost as important as selecting the sofa itself. For sofas that are used infrequently, you can choose high-maintenance fabrics such as silk. For sofas where you anticipate heavy usage (especially by your kids or pets if you have any), be careful about the accumulation of dirt and choose microfibers. These not only look attractive, but are also easy to clean. Remember: textured fabric will hide wear and tear better than smooth fabric so go textured if you are looking for longer intervals between changing fabrics. Leather is also a good option, especially now with a range of colors and textures available, but only invest in it if you going to be using air-conditioning. Leatherette sofas give you the feel of leather, and could work for your man cave or even the play room while metal sofas (outfitted with nice, pump cushions, of course) can fit your balcony or reading alcove.
3. Stylin’ your buy
The look of your sofa deserves some serious debate. The color, pattern, texture and design totally depend on your preferences and, of course, your home and its existing furniture. Check the colors in the room where you want to place the sofa—the color of the walls, the floor and even the ceiling—to determine the perfect color for your sofa. You can go with a contrast color or something that matches the existing color palette. Next, consider the current décor trends to choose a design or pattern. See if your current décor looks contemporary or traditional and pick the sofa accordingly. Do keep in mind, though, that you can add color to your sofa with the addition of bright pillows and throws. Some experts suggest that since a sofa is probably going to be used for a long time, it is better to get it in softer, more neutral tones, which allows you to play with colors in the rest of the room. This ensures that you sofa has a useful life even after you’ve repainted the rest of your room in a different color. Makes sense, eh?
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