A sofa is an essential part of any living space. It allows you to relax and unwind after a hard day, gives you the opportunity to chat with family and other loved ones, it can even be a place to cuddle and remind those loved ones that you love them.
But, all sofa’s wear out in time, meaning you need to find a new one. It’s important that you consider the following five things before you commit to purchasing one.
The style of your sofa is one of the most important considerations, it must fit with your current décor. This means considering the color of the sofa and its layout/styling. But, before you grab the first one that you think will look fantastic in your living room, consider your décor habits.
If you are frequently changing the décor you need to choose a more neutral style. This is a sofa that can be dressed up with accessories to match the style of the room. If you have a themed room and intend to keep it that way then the matching sofa is a great idea.
The main choices when it comes to the fabric are leather or cloth. Leather is much easier to keep clean and has an expensive look and feel to it. But, it feels cold to the touch which can be a real issue in the colder months.
There is no right or wrong approach to the fabric, but you do need to consider which suits your family and lifestyle better.
This is an essential and often overlooked issue. In the first instance, you need a sofa that has enough space for you all to sit comfortably. Think about how you all like to sit, cross-legged, feet-up, sprawled, etc. This will tell you how much seating space you need to make the living room comfortable.
Of equal importance is getting the sofa into your home! Sofas tend to look small in showrooms, they are in a large space surrounded by other sofa’s. But, that doesn’t mean they will fit through your doorways and into the room you want them in. Think and measure before you commit.
One important factor to consider is how easy is it to keep the sofa clean? You want to enjoy sitting on it, not spend all your time scrubbing it Ideally light regular cleaning and an occasional visit from a professional couch cleaning firm should keep it looking like new.
Finally, don’t forget to test the sofa in the store. You will want something that is supportive and comfortable. It should help you relax without creating aches and pains. You’ll need to think about the hardness of the cushions, seating position, and support levels. Even the type of cushion material or the fabric can make a difference to your comfort levels, take the time to consider the comfort level carefully.
It is better to think of these things in the showroom than to regret the purchase for the next five years.