Here in the UK, we all love our sofas. They are an integral part of our lives as almost on a daily basis we spend time sitting on our sofa, watching TV, chatting to friends or eating our dinner. But there comes a time in a sofas life when enough is enough and it’s time to start afresh.
But where do you start? There are a lot of things to consider when purchasing a new sofa, and that’s where we come in. The following tips should help you make the right choice when you buy your new sofa and ensure you end up with a beautiful addition to your room that fits perfectly in your home.
There are many different styles to consider when choosing your sofa:
- Do you want a sofa with loose back cushions or a solid sofa back with attached cushions? If your cushions are loose, you can move them and turn them as you wish, but if you want a little less fuss, then a solid back or attached cushions may suit you better.
- What style of arm do you want on your sofa? There are many to choose from including armless, straight arms, rolled arms and curved.
- Do you want to have your sofa feet visible or not? You can get many different styles of sofa feet, ranging from ornate wooden feet to chunky block feet. If you would rather not see the feet of your sofa, then you can always choose a skirted sofa.
The size of your sofa is most likely going to be determined by the size of the room you want to put it in, and the number of people it needs to accommodate.
- A large sofa will be perfect if you have a large room and lots of people who need to be seated. You can either get a straight sofa or maybe a corner sofa which would work well if you are looking to use the sofa as a focus piece in a large area.
- A small two seater sofa would work brilliantly if you have a very small room or live on your own. It could also be perfect as an additional sofa when you need just that little bit more space.
Choosing the colour of your new sofa can often be the hardest decision when making a new purchase.
- Some colours are much easier to care for than others, dark colours will hide stains better whereas lighter colours will require a much higher level of care and cleaning.
- Don’t be afraid to choose a bright or printed sofa design, something that reflects your personality will work well and bring a unique touch to your home.
- Try and complement the colour of your new sofa with your existing décor, what colour are your current drapes, rugs and wallpaper for example? Will the colour of your new sofa complement these and blend nicely with your existing interior design?
When choosing a new sofa, aesthetics are very important, but the functionality of your purchase is key. While many people would love to indulge in a rich suede or velvet sofa, they may not be the best choice for you.
- If you have small children or animals, then something like leather that is easy to clean and wipe up spills from would work best for you. Leather is hard wearing and durable and ages gracefully in the majority of home decors.
- Fabric is also hardwearing but can stain more easily than leather; they do often have the benefit of removable covers however, which makes washing them a lot simpler. Fabric sofas can also offer a higher level of comfort, especially in the summer months.
So there you have it, buying a sofa doesn’t need to be stressful, and as long as you go into it with these tips in mind, you are bound to come out with a comfortable and functional friend for life.