Choosing the perfect sofa is quite a as different especially in this era of endless choice, there seem to be infinite options when it comes to choosing a sofa. You might think you know exactly what you want, but once you walk into a shop or browse images online, the styles, shapes, and customization alternatives can become overwhelming. Save yourself the time, money, and potential buyer’s remorse and use these tips to get a clear idea of what you want (and what you need!) but, before you start the hunt you must consider these factors:
First, Consider Size. If you have a bigger living room, you’ll need to decide exactly how much of the living room you want your couch to fill. Also, consider if you want to include other couches/chairs, a coffee table or a little table for your magazines.
A simple sofa or one with a slight L-shape is probably the best fit. If you’re looking for a sofa that will be the focal point of your living room, look for rounder couch shapes that take up a bit more room and provide a lot of seating. Here’s a great example of a strong and simple sofa from Crate & Barrel.
“The perfect sofa is 40″ deep, 60″ long, and 36″ high with a 19″ seat height. For a traditional sofa, I like a scroll arm, and for modern, I love a square arm, both with the same overall measurements.” —Mary McDonald
Initial instinct: If you have a small living room, odds are you’ll need a smaller couch. With less space, any couch or sofa is going to be in the spotlight, so it’s important to pick something that is practical, but is also of a strong design that carries and complements the rest of the space.
“Apartment dwellers, beware: Your sofa should never be longer than the ceiling height of your elevator. Measure once, then measure twice, and just to be triply sure, have your building’s super measure, too.” —T.Keller Donovan
Decide exactly how the sofa will be oriented. This applies within organizing a living space starts with analyzing your lifestyle.
Here are some points that you could consider:
- Usage on most space;
- Does your family use the living room to lounge, relax and read? Surround your sofa with chairs and cushions to create multiple seating areas that can be enjoyed individually, or as a large group.
- Activities that you usually do in your living room;
- Do you sat down in front of the TV regularly?
- Are you hosting game or wine nights in a regular basis? Get a semi-circle (or even full circle) around a central table;
Determine which shape will suit the room best. After deciding the sofa’s function, it’s time to figure out which shape will help it fulfill that purpose. A clean L-shape is great for open areas that need to be divided — such as separating the living room from the dining room.
A rounder shape is a bit more conducive for a smaller space meant to serve as a gathering area for groups of people, but could also be perfect for a media room.
If you want to implement more chairs and tables in your living room, a chaise or a daybed could be a good alternative to a traditional couch. It still provides seating for several people, but is compact and can work as a more sophisticated version of the futon. Here’s a perfectly classic chaise from Crate & Barrel.
Research upholstery materials used. Which will be best for you? Aesthetic is important, but functionality is key when it comes to choosing a material for your sofa. A lot of us that would love to indulge in a plush, white suede sofa —they’re so gorgeous, but so dangerous. Suede can be a poor choice if you have pets or small children who will cause some serious damage.
Leather — particularly in darker colors — is consistently in style, generally wears well with age, and can be fairly easy to clean.
“To establish calm, I upholster sofas in a solid that’s the same color as the walls and curtains.” —Barbara Barry
Another choice is to opt to have your couch upholstered in an outdoor fabric. With the fact, that many companies now carry Sunbrella fabrics, which resist stains, water and fading from the sun. Also, many outdoor furniture companies also have outdoor couches and love seats that are so simple and classic in design that they could easily be used indoors.
Choose a style that complements your home. It can be a little hard to nail down your own personal style, but go with your gut instinct when picking the type of couch that will fit naturally in your home. If your style is sleek and modern, pick something that reflects that in clean lines and dramatic colors.
If your home is an eclectic mix of colors and designs, a couch that combines several styles (such as a vintage couch re-upholstered in a colorful fabric, or a more modern shape with traditional accents) could be the perfect expression of your taste.
“If you have 8′ ceilings, you’ll want a low sofa, which gives the impression that the ceiling is taller than it is. In a room with a high ceiling, you want a high-back sofa to be a weighty presence that can hold up to the room.” —David Easton
If your look is a little more traditional, a classically structured sofa in a durable and neutral fabric will stand the test of time and will work well with various colors and complementing pieces.
Pick a color that blends to your space: bright, printed, or neutral? Re-upholstering furniture has become a relatively inexpensive option for anyone who wants to personalize a piece of furniture.
Don’t be afraid to choose a couch with a fun or unique print! It can add a surprisingly personal touch and quickly transform the feel of the entire room. Urban Outfitters has a similar chaise in beautiful fabrics, at a perfect price point.
“Cut a template from brown paper in the size of the sofa you’re considering, place it on the floor, and see how it looks before you buy.” —Chandos Dodson Epley
If you’re too nervous to experiment with bolder colors and patterns in your sofa, you can always opt for a funky ottoman that can double as a coffee table. It’ll add a more subtle sense of diversity to your living room, while complementing more classic couches and chairs.
And lastly, to ensure its longevity don’t forget to maintain it.
After you take home your ideal sofa you also need to keep your sofa looking good longer.
- Always flip the cushions often;
- Remove dirt or any food stain/leftovers that can attract insects to hive in your sofa.
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