Purchasing a sofa can be one of the most exciting investments you can make for your lounge or living area, but it’s one that will stay with you for some time, so it’s important to get it right. There are many aspects to take into consideration, and whilst exciting, the choice can also be a daunting one. We have put together this helpful guide on how to choose the perfect sofa for both you and your home, to help you along the way.
Sizing and Fit
Of course, it goes without saying that the sofa has to be a good fit. Measure the space that you have available including length, height and depth before you start shopping around. Try to envisage what the space will look like when filled with the new sofa. Consider if the room can take a larger, oversized style or whether something more bijou and compact would suit it better. Look at the rest of your furniture and accessories and decide whether you want the sofa to stand out or blend in with its surroundings, in terms of its size. Think about how many people you need to seat, and if you would prefer an L-shape or a more traditional 2 or 3 seater. Furthermore, carefully measure all of the doorways and entrances to your home so you can be confident your new purchase will actually fit into the room.
Style and Longevity
This is where the real fun begins. Research what styles are available and decide what kind of styles you are drawn to, and what will work with the look of your home. Remember, it’s likely the sofa won’t be replaced next time the décor is changed, so consider if that’s an issue for you. If it is, you may need something more neutral and versatile, but if not you might like to make a bolder choice. Think about the type of material you want and need. Do you have a young family? Will you need removable, washable covers or a wipe clean surface, like leather? Would you like the sofa to be the focal point of the room? Do you want it to convey your style and set the tone for the rest of the décor? Consider all of these points before you are ready to spend your money.
Comfort and Quality
Before you start shopping, be clear on your budget and stick to it. Don’t be swayed by sales talk, be sure of what you can afford. With that in mind go for the best quality and most comfortable sofa in your price range. Take a friend or your partner along with you to the showroom and try out as many as you can. Of course, if that’s not possible and you prefer to buy online, check out customer reviews to help you make your decision. You are, without doubt, going to spend a lot of time sitting on it, and you want it to last too, so look for a sofa with durability, quality and comfort at its heart.
Have fun choosing your new sofa, take our suggestions on board, and you will love the new addition to home for many years to come.